If you are a professional in cloud computing or if you’re looking to start a career in this exciting field, chances are that you will want to learn Amazon Web Services, the most relevant and most used cloud computing platform around. AWS services and technologies such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) are both widely used and well known. With so many services available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of information that you’ll need to learn to be a proficient user. If you’re just starting out with AWS, here are 3 tips to start learning Amazon Web Services that anyone can use to get up to speed quickly.
3 great tips to start learning Amazon Web Services
1- AWS Training
One of the best resources for learning about Amazon Web Services is… Amazon itself, of course! AWS offers a comprehensive platform for learning about Amazon cloud services. On the AWS website, instructional videos offer a short introduction into how a service works, and labs offer self-paced practice. In-person classes and workshops are also available in locations around the world, and some online courses are available online. Learn more about all of the AWS training options on the website.
2- Practice and test your skills on Cloud Academy
There is no learning without assessing your knowledge somehow, and Cloud Academy is the perfect platform for learning cloud computing skills and services and preparing for AWS certification.
As part of each of our AWS certification learning paths, our AWS hands-on labs and Quiz sessions are a great way to practice and test what you’ve learned.
With hands-on labs, you get to work directly in the AWS console to build AWS services with a step-by-step approach. Choose from 60+ AWS hands-on labs in our content library. Here, you can select labs to learn basic operations like Creating your first Amazon S3 bucket or your First Amazon EC2 Instance on Linux or Windows, or more advanced labs such as Running a controlled deployment with AWS Elastic Beanstalk or Automating EBS snapshots with AWS Lambda. No AWS account is required!
Quizzes are a great way to test your progress as you work to learn a new service or toward AWS certification. Unlike regular quizzes, ours adapt to your performance—the more you get right, the harder the questions become—and explanations are included for each question. They are perfect for when you only have 10-15 minutes to study and are especially useful when you’re preparing for an AWS certification exam. Explore all of our AWS quiz sessions in the content library.
3- Going Social
Once you have a solid foundation of knowledge for Amazon Web Services, connecting with peers and colleagues is a great way to share ideas and build your network. If you live close to an Amazon User Group, I would highly recommend participating in their events and activities. As an alternative, several online forums provide the opportunity to meet AWS experts. The official AWS Discussion Forums are perfect for this. With thousands of users and threads, it offers a wealth of information on a variety of topics. For more in-depth analysis, Amazon Articles & Tutorials and videos on the AWS Youtube channel are also great resources.