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NoSQL and DBaaS 101

NoSQL and DBaaS 101

Build your knowledge of the NoSQL database landscape. Explore the benefits of using Database-as-a-Service and learn how to use Cloudant.

Gain critical skills for managing application stacks that can scale and extend your professional competencies.

NoSQL and DBaaS 101 Highlights

  Course duration


  • 1 week, online
    2 hours/week
  Course Fee


US$ 99 - US$ 199

Course duration


  • 1 week, online
    2 hours/week
Course Fee


US$ 99 - US$ 199

This course is ideal for individuals and businesses looking to ensure their application stack can scale to accommodate a fast-growing dataset. Additionally, it is suitable for people seeking to manage a surge in concurrent users, or who wish to pass administration of an existing datastore to a service provider. Individuals who require high availability and disaster recovery redundancy for application data will also find it of great benefit.

During this course, you will be introduced to the NoSQL database landscape. You’ll explore the benefits of using a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering. Plus, you’ll learn how to use Cloudant, including account sign-up, creating and replicating databases, and loading and querying data.

Once you’ve completed this course, you will be familiar with NoSQL and DBaaS, the relevant characteristics and use cases, and you will have an in-depth understanding of the platform setup. For individuals looking to build skills in this critical big data technology, therefore, NoSQL and DBaaS 101 is the ideal place to start.

This IBM certified course comprises five purposely designed modules that take you on a carefully defined learning journey.

It is a self-paced course, which means it is not run to a fixed schedule with regard to completing modules or submitting assignments. To give you an idea of how long the course takes to complete, it is anticipated that it will take 2 hours to complete. However, as long as the course is completed by the end of your enrollment, you can work at your own pace. And don’t worry, you’re not alone! You will be encouraged to stay connected with your learning community and mentors through the course discussion space.

The materials for each module are accessible from the start of the course and will remain available for the duration of your enrollment. Methods of learning and assessment will include videos, reading material, and online exam questions.

As part of our mentoring service you will have access to valuable guidance and support throughout the course. We provide a dedicated discussion space where you can ask questions, chat with your peers, and resolve issues. Depending on the payment plan you have chosen, you may also have access to live classes and webinars, which are an excellent opportunity to discuss problems with your mentor and ask questions. Mentoring services will vary across packages.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will earn your IBM Certificate.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define NoSQL, its characteristics and history, and the primary benefits for using NoSQL databases.
  • Define the major types of NoSQL database, and know a primary use case and the advantages/disadvantages of each type.
  • Describe the factors affecting return on investment for using a locally hosted database vs. database-as-a-service.
  • List the key benefits of IBM Cloudant, a NoSQL Database-as-a-Service for web and mobile applications.
  • Create a document database, add documents, and run queries using IBM Cloudant.
  • Database administrators
  • Database engineers
  • Data architects
  • Basic understanding of databases, HTTP, and JSON.
  • Familiarity using a browser and/or cURL on the Linux command line.
  • A modern browser; Google Chrome is recommended.
  • CURL installed and working to access HTTP REST API from the command line.


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NoSQL and DBaaS 101


The speed and flexibility of NoSQL databases make them a good alternative for general research to relational databases when dealing with massive, unstructured data sets. Not only are NoSQL systems capable of handling both structured and unstructured data, but they are also capable of processing unstructured big data in a short amount of time.

You will gain an understanding of the NoSQL database landscape. You will learn about the advantages of utilizing Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) and how to use Cloudant. For individuals keen to build a career working with databases, this course will enable you to develop important skills for managing application stacks and will enable you to scale and expand your professional competencies.

Database administrators, database engineers, and data architects are all eligible for enrollment in NoSQL and DBaaS 101.

There are a few prerequisites to taking this course.

  • A basic understanding of databases, HTTP, and JSON is essential.
  • Familiarity with using a browser and CURL on the Linux command line should be there.
  • A modern browser: Google Chrome, is recommended.
  • You will also need to have CURL installed and working to access the HTTP REST API from the command line.

In this course, there is only one final exam. Aside from that, you will be required to complete seven exercises. You also need to ensure you have completed the course before the end date.

Yes. NoSQL and DBaaS 101 is delivered entirely online. When you enroll for this course, there is no set schedule for completing modules or submitting tasks, so there is no need to complete them on a specific day or time. It is predicted that it will take 2 hours to complete the course. You can, however, work at your own pace as long as the course is finished before the conclusion of your enrollment period. And don’t worry, you are not alone during your learning. Using the course discussion space, you will be encouraged to stay in touch with other members of your learning community and your mentors and SMEs.