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Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications

Microsoft via edX

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This technology-agnostic course begins by explaining the benefits of distributed cloud applications with an emphasis on maintaining high-availability and scalability in a cost-effective way while also dealing with inevitable hardware and software failures. 

The course also cover, Microservices and containers, Networking communication, Messaging communication, Versioning, upgrading and configuration, Data storage services and Disaster recovery.

This course is for anyone considering or actively working on a distributed cloud application. It is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of these concepts, the various pros and cons of specific technologies, and the resilient patterns that are heavily used by distributed cloud applications. This knowledge will help you to easily build cost-efficient and fault-tolerant systems.

The course contains labs to practice your learning, review questions for self-assessment, and a final exam to validate learning. A score of 70% is required to pass the final exam and receive a certificate for the course.


  • Welcome to Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications
    • Before You Start current section
    • Course Overview
    • Pre-Course Survey 
  • Module 1 | Distributed Cloud Applications
    • Distributed Cloud Application Fundamentals
    • Microservices
    • Containers
    • Module 1 Review Questions 
  • Module 2 | Networking Communication
    • Networking Communication
    • Service APIs
    • Fault-Tolerant Network Communication
    • Module 2 Review Questions 
  • Module 3 | Messaging Communication
    • Messaging Communication
    • Module 3 Review Questions
  • Module 4 | Upgrading, and Configuration
    • Versioning Service Code
    • Shutting Down and Reconfiguring Services
    • Module 4 Review Questions
  • Module 5 | Leader Election
    • Leader Election
    • Module 5 Review Questions 
  • Module 6 | Storage Services
    • Introduction to Data Storage Services
    • Object Storage Services
    • Database Storage Services
    • Data Consistency
    • Versioning Data Schemas
    • Backup, Restore and Disaster recovery
    • Module 6 Review Questions 
  • Module 7 | Final Exam
    • Final Exam
    • Post-Course Survey

Taught by

Jeffrey Richter


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