I want to learn Cloud Computing and Big Data at home.
- Is it possible to learn these technologies on home PC?
- Which technologies to learn in Cloud Computing?
- Which technologies to learn Big Data (Hadoop)?
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Is it possible to learn these technologies on home PC?
Google Code University also provides some starter courses and tutorials on Distributed and Cloud Computing.
Which technologies to learn in Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing encompasses many things (ass buzzwords often do...).
You need to understand its core characteristics, its different service models and deployment models, and all the issues and troubles it comes bundled with and that need mitigation (the downside of buzzwords, is that it makes the greater public worry about stuff).
Once that's done, you can start experimenting with different software actors of the Cloud's landscape, and major providers like Google AppEngine (and Google's integrated services), Amazon AWS, Windows Azure, Heroku or CloundFoundry.
Which technologies to learn Big Data (Hadoop)?
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Since you are a .NET guy, you can go with the Windows Azure. You can start building applications at your home PC itself using the tools which you are familiar with (Visual Studio etc). For deploying in Windows Azure, you will be coding your app, running it locally and if everything working fine, you can push that to cloud.
Windows Azure has some subscriptions where you will get some free benefits. Check the Windows Azure 90 day free trial. Also, if you have an MSDN subscription, you can get free Azure benefits. An MSDN Visual Studio Ultimate subscriber is entitled to up to 3700$ worth of Azure benefits every month.
If you are looking for a basic cloud computing course, you may consider EXIN Cloud Computing foundation certification course as well.
Here is a great FREE resource to start with BigData: http://bigdatauniversity.com/
Note: If you would like to learn more about cloud computing/ BigData etc, register at GetCloudCertified.com (URL given below). We will be launching our website by early 2013. Feel free to follow us on Twitter and FB for the time being for more details.
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Www.coursera.org offers free online courses. There are courses for Big Data and Cloud for health Servies available.
To answer the Op questions:
As for 2 and 3 I think to get started with the technologies like Cloud or "Big Data" it's good to have a nice example domain where you can alloy those. And I think medical and healthcare are a very rapidly growing branch in need of those.