This documentation provides a general introduction to cloud computing and an overview of the NeCTAR Research Cloud, Virtual Laboratories and eResearch tools which are available to researchers around Australia. What is Cloud Computing? How can cloud computing benefit your research? What are the common concerns when adopting cloud computing? What is NeCTAR, and which services does it provide for researchers? This introduction describes the structure of this course and provides an introduction to the Cloud terminology and concepts as well as the NeCTAR services available to researchers in Australia.

Videos

The following videos go through most of the content in this module and offer a less in-depth description of the subject than the documentation does.

Conventions

The notation throughout the training documents can be interpreted as follows:

Words in italics are used for names and terminology, e.g. name of a software, or name of a computing concept. It may also just emphasise a word in the traditional way. Quotations are also written in italics and are put in between quotatioin marks.

Words in bold are used to highlight words which identify important concepts of a paragraph, to make it easier for users to skim through the text to find a paragraph which explains a certain idea, concept or technology.

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