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10 Courses to Learn Amazon Web Services – 7-day Free Trial made some serious steps in the last 6 months. We launched a new platform, a new website and introduced several new features, like our courses and our labs. Today our content team is doubling down the number of courses, quizzes and labs we produce about several technologies: Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Linux courses, Docker, AWS Certifications and many other are coming online.
Many members of Cloud Academy are looking for something more, not only learn AWS online: Azure, OpenStack, Chef, general cloud computing courses. All of them are in our roadmap and we frequently update it with new courses. A new series of partnerships will help our content team going faster in the next weeks and offering our members even more courses and labs.

How to start learning Amazon Web Services for free

Till August 2014, the only product available online in Cloud Academy has been CloudCareer for AWS, our specific learning paths for AWS Certifications. With our new plans we have decided to restrict the access to our platform with new plans: Basic and Pro.
Basic and Pro plan include:

  • Unlimited Quizzes and Explanations. It means you can use unlimited quizzes for all the available platforms (AWS, Google etc.)
  • Unlimited Courses. Start, watch and rewatch every course in
  • Unlimited Labs: this is a feature included only in our PRO plan. Hands-on laboratories on Amazon Web Services.
  • AWS Certifications paths. Our tool to prepare for AWS Certifications with dedicated scenario-based learning paths.
  • Support from Cloud Academy. Contact us at or use our comments to get real support from our engineers. If you get stuck in a course or have doubts, we are happy to help.

Both for Basic and Pro plans we offer a 7-day free trial that gives you the possibility to start learning and evaluating our product before getting charged for it.

The best path to learn Amazon Web Services with our free trial

We are working on a feature called Learning Paths to give you a precise path to start learning based on your actual knowledge. In the meantime I wanted to create a specific path to start learning Amazon Web Services for free with our trial. Enjoy it.
All the following courses can be watched right now signing up for a Cloud Academy 7-day free trial. We’ll not charge anything on your credit card now and you’ll be able to evaluate our product to decide if you want to become a customer or cancel your subscription.

1. Introduction to Virtualization Technologies 

Introduction to Virtualization Technologies
Virtualization is the forerunner and foundation of cloud computing. Here you will learn how cloud instances are different from virtualized systems, which evolved to become the cloud.

2. Introduction to Cloud Computing

A straightforward course in Cloud Computing where you’ll learn specifically why Cloud is so important and about each of the different
types of cloud-based systems.
Introduction to Cloud Computing

3. Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Introduction to Amazon Web Services
A series of short courses that instruct you in the most important aspects and features of AWS.

4. Understanding AWS Billing

As an intermediate to advanced course, you will need some previous experience with AWS to fully understand it. Basic knowledge about EC2 and IAM will be taken for granted, and in particular you should have a good knowledge of the TCP/IP stack to fully understand the topics that are shown in this course.
If you need to boost your knowledge about EC2 and AWS in general, check out our courses. Also, you may want to take a look at our VPC quizzes if you want to test your knowledge after watching this course. They will help you improve your skills thanks to the Learning Statement associated to each quiz.
Amazon VPC - Virtual Private Cloud

5. Storage in Amazon Web Services

Storage is a central part of any computing infrastructure. Amazon provides many services on the cloud to replace traditional, on-premises storage systems, ranging from short-term storage for running instances who are doing computation on smal batches of data, up to long-term archives saved in redundant disks or even tapes.
In this course, the Computer Engineer and Cloud Expert Mohammad Ali Tabibi will give you an overview of the AWS storage services like EBS, S3, Glacier and Storage Gateway, to better understand what they are thought for, how they are built, how they can be taken advantage of, and you can get started with them.
Storage with Amazon Web Services

6. Using AWS command line

AWS Command Line - Amazon Web Services
Although all of the AWS services can be completely managed just by using a browser opened on the AWS Management Console, or via the APIs commonly used for programmatical access, there is a third way that can be very useful in many situation, that is the Command Line Interface. AWS has a program available for Linux, MacOS and Windows that allows you to manage the main AWS services from the command line, which might come in handy in many different situations.

7. How to move your website to AWS

How to move your website to AWS
In this course you will find all the needed steps to start using Amazon Web Services: we start creating an instance and then giving you all the information to create a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) stack to host your website. You will find all the details related to the configuration of your webserver using EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute) and RDS (Amazon Relational Database) to power you MySQL instance.

8. How to make your online architecture failure-proof

Cloud Computing: design for failure approach

In this course, the expert Cloud Architect Kevin Felichko will show one of the many possibile alternatives to build an high availability application, architecting the whole infrastructure with a design for failure approach. You will see how to take advantage of AutoScaling, ELB and VPC to run a standard Ruby on Rails application on a EC2, with data stored on an RDS-backed MySQL database and assets stored on S3. Also, Kevin will touch some advanced topics like using CloudFront for content delivery and how to distribute the application across multiple AWS regions.

9. How to automate your data with AWS

Automate your data with Amazon Web Services
In this course, the experienced System Administrator and Cloud Expert David Clinton will talk about implementing such a data management and backup system using EBS, S3 and Glacier, and taking advantage of the S3 LifeCycle feature and of DataPipiline for the automation of data transfers among the various pieces of the infrastructure. This system can be enabled easily and cheaply, as it is shown in the last lecture of the course, where the matter of costs is discussed.

10. Linux Security for your Amazon Web Services instances

You will see how to handle accesses to your instances with IAM and Multi Factor Authentication, how to encrypt your storage, how to keep updated with security patches the software installed on your Linux instance, how to monitor your system and your network to ensure that nobody is using your resources out of your permit, and eventually you will learn the basic principles of penetration testing and how to use nmap to ensure that your security group is properly configured.
Linux Security in Amazon Web Services
That’s all! Make sure you refresh your knowledge while you watch a course with our Quizzes and Explanations about Amazon Web Services.
Check our roadmap for our upcoming courses, quizzes and laboratories.
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