How do you build interactive applications like Gmail and Google Maps that only require a browser?

Many modern applications, whether targeted at mobile or Web scenarios, make use of sophisticated clusters of servers in "data centers" located across the world. In NETS 212, Scalable and Cloud Computing, you will learn about different tiers of cloud computing services, how to harness the power of a cluster in solving "big data" problems, and how to build scalable Web-based services. The course culminates in a final project, typically the construction of a cloud-based platform such as a Facebook-style social network.