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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cloud Computing

Many businesses prioritize adopting cloud computing solutions to streamline their operations, better support their customers and remain agile in an ever-changing world. The cloud impacts global companies such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft as well as the many small business and tech start-ups who recognize it is the best way for them to build, store and utilize their data.

IT professionals with a cloud computing certificate and the strong technical knowledge to help implement these cloud-based solutions can become a critical component to their future success as the cloud becomes a permanent fixture for end users and service providers.

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100% online cloud computing certificate classes start October 25, 2021.


Quick Facts

How long is the Program?

  • 14 courses
  • 40 minimum credit hours
  • One year and four months—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits1

What You Can Learn in the Cloud Computing Certificate Program

As part of our undergraduate Cloud Computing certificate program, you will get hands-on experience using digital devices, sensors and cloud-based tools to build relevant IoT systems.

Our online cloud computing certificate program will also cover the following skills to help you learn the fundamentals:

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Wired, Optical and Wireless Technologies

Learn to understand the operation, regulation and trends related to wired, optical and wireless technologies. The skills learned in this program will help you as you attempt to set up and connect devices to one another — an essential step for all cloud computing.

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Cloud Computing

Find out how to deploy cloud environments and services. Using these environments, you can access remotely stored data and operate hardware from a distance to take advantage of superior computing power.

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Data Center Virtualization

Support data center operations and implement virtualization configurations. Learn to manage data centers and design storage solutions that are intuitive to both IT professionals and laypeople who rely on these services.

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Network Design

Discover ways to develop enterprise and cloud-based systems that enable users to take advantage of increased computing power. Done properly, this can increase organizational efficiency and data security.

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Networking and Security

Produce, secure, operate and troubleshoot small enterprise networks. Learn to build data transfer protocols that protect sensitive data while promoting quick transfer of files and information.

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Operating Systems

Learn to install and configure operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI). An understanding of the CLI is essential to setting up networks in an intuitive and efficient manner.

Cloud Computing Certificate Admission Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. To begin program coursework, students must complete a transitional studies course2 first, if applicable.


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Job Opportunities in the Cloud Computing Field

Graduates of DeVry’s online Cloud Computing certificate program may consider the following careers in IT and network development:

  • Cloud Support Specialist
    Cloud support specialists offer cloud support and serve as the initial contact for customers, whether via chat, email or phone. These professionals manage intake queues to provide rapid response. This position combines elements of technical knowledge, customer service and project management.

  • Cloud Services Associate
    Cloud service associates help individuals and businesses take their computing infrastructures and applications into the cloud. They may work directly at a customer's site or provide assistance to another associate who works for the company setting up a cloud network.

  • Computer Network Support Specialist
    Also called technical support specialists, they analyze, troubleshoot and evaluate computer network problems. Support specialists need to have excellent communication skills and a high level of technical knowledge in order to assuage customer concerns and familiarize customers with new system setups.
  • Entry Level Network System Administrator
    Design, deploy and administer wireless infrastructure and supporting network systems. These entry-level professionals help companies and individuals by building better, more connected networks based on the needs of a client.

  • Network Technician
    Troubleshoot software and hardware issues to determine where repairs need to be made and then plan those repairs. Technicians primarily rely on their technical skills but also need to have decent communication skills in order to explain issues to customers in clear, decipherable terms.

Program Courses

The cloud computing courses and other skills-focused courses that make up this program cover such topics as fundamentals, information systems security and more. The core coursework of this program is designed to help you learn skills such as data center virtualization, converged networks and wired, optical and wireless communications. Some of these skills are taught through hands-on labs that provide you with real-world learning scenarios.

Mathematics

MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Tech Core

CEIS101C Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology & Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Systems Security

Network Systems Administration

NETW310 Wired, Optical and Wireless Communications with Lab
NETW320 Converged Networks with Lab

Cloud Based Virtualization

NETW404 Data Center Virtualization
NETW414 Cloud Computing Architecture
WEB375 Web Architecture with Lab

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology
CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession

Cloud Computing Certificate FAQs


What is cloud computing in simple terms?

In simple terms, cloud computing refers to remote computer services, such as hardware or storage, that can be accessed remotely via a stable internet connection. Before cloud computing, organizations had to purchase, maintain and house a stack of servers somewhere in the office. Today, companies can rent cloud servers in data centers all over the world. Using these servers, they can host their own email addresses, store their data and take advantage of a variety of services to businesses and individuals via the internet.

Put more technically, cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of computer resources such as email, data storage, natural language processing, databases and software. While most people only pay attention to the storage elements (for instance, using Google Drive or Microsoft SharePoint to store a document that multiple people need to access), there are hardware advantages too.

A good example of cloud hardware usage can be found at design companies. Instead of purchasing an expensive machine capable of running CAD software, companies can now access this intensive software through less-powerful machines that remotely operate powerful machines via the cloud.


What are the types of cloud computing specialties?

Some specialties include cloud database and machine learning. Database computing focuses on using existing cloud databases such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud to store data and accelerate the transfer of information and metrics.

Machine learning is a more intensive form of cloud computing. This discipline focuses on using artificial intelligence (AI) elements within cloud infrastructures to provide data analysis and even make decisions for your business. Machine learning systems can provide a higher degree of data analysis and are capable of more effectively organizing data in a way that allows business leaders to make informed decisions.


Why is cloud computing important?

Cloud computing enables businesses to shed the complex logistics and cost of owning physical servers or running software applications on their own machines. Cloud computing services basically allow businesses to rent computing capabilities from a provider such as Google, Microsoft or Amazon and only pay for what they use. Additionally, it reduces up-front costs and is protected against obsolescence unlike expensive and powerful machines and storage solutions.


What are the benefits of cloud computing?

For businesses, cloud computing reduces IT costs and allows for more flexibility, not only when increasing or decreasing their needs for cloud services but with collaboration among employees. Cloud services can also provide a level of security and mitigation of data loss.

For an example of the benefits, we need look no further than the coronavirus outbreak in 2020. During this time, many employees were sent to work from home, stripping them of the benefits of an office. Companies that had robust cloud computing systems in place were able to maintain a much more agile workflow as their employees were able to take advantage of identical systems and infrastructures.

Cloud services are also an excellent solution for companies that are just getting started. Instead of having to buy several high-priced machines for employees, businesses can now rely on less-powerful, more cost-effective machines that remotely access the computing power of cloud services.


What is a cloud computing certificate?

A certificate shows that you’ve completed a program of study in a particular topic area. Adding this credential to your resume can demonstrate to future employers that you have the knowledge and skills needed to perform critical job tasks in cloud computing. An Undergraduate Certificate in cloud computing from DeVry can help prepare you for a career in the cloud computing field.


What can a cloud computing certificate get you?

An Undergraduate Certificate in Cloud Computing from DeVry can help prepare you for job opportunities by teaching you necessary skills and giving you hands-on experience. A certificate can also help you pursue further education. Credits earned in your Cloud Computing Certificate program at DeVry can be applied toward a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking when you pursue the Cloud Based Networking and Virtualization specialization.4


What type of job might I pursue with a cloud computing certificate?

Graduates from our Cloud Computing certificate program may consider opportunities such as:

  • Cloud Support Specialist
  • Cloud Services Associate
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Entry Level Network System Administrator
  • Network Technician

Different employers may have different requirements, so be sure to read the full job description when you apply for a position to determine if the role is the right fit for you.


Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. You can start with a shorter credential, such as an undergraduate certificate in cloud computing, that takes less time. This program is designed to be flexible to fit your life and earns you a credential that you can make use of in a professional environment.

These credentials are gained through flexible online and on-site classes that help you build your professional skills right away. Best of all, every course counts toward the next degree level.4

How Do Credentials Stack?

This online Cloud Computing certificate program can serve as a building block to our Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking through the Cloud Based Networking and Virtualization specialization. If you choose to continue with your education at DeVry upon earning your Cloud Computing certificate, all qualifying credits gained through these programs will apply towards your bachelor’s degree noted above at DeVry.4

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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
3Data includes all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
4The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.