At Cloud Academy, we’re busy adding new content to help you achieve your goals across AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and DevOps.
Whether you’re looking to get certified or just want to learn new skills, we know that getting started can be a stumbling block for learners who are also working full-time or have to balance studying around other responsibilities. Our learning paths and our hands-on labs are both designed to guide you step by step so you don’t have to spend your time and energy figuring out how to do it on your own.
If you’re planning to get certified on Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform, our new learning paths will help you get prepared for certification with in-depth coverage of the topics you need to know about, in a combination of video courses, quizzes, and hands-on labs. We’ve also got new hands-on labs to help you get started with Docker, and we’ll show you how to use EC2 Spot Instances on AWS. Let’s take a closer look at some of our newest content!
Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions – 70-532 Certification
This learning path covers the key topics featured in the exam:
- Creating and managing ARM-based Virtual Machines
- Designing and implementing a storage and data strategy
- Managing identity, application, and network services
- Designing and implementing Azure PaaS compute, web, and mobile services
It also includes hands-on labs and our “exam guide” course that will help you identify the gaps in your knowledge as you prepare for the test.
Azure Infrastructure Solutions – 70-533 Certification
This learning path will walk you through the fundamentals of Azure to ensure that you have a strong foundation, and then deeply cover each exam objective with tips, tricks, PowerShell and Azure CLI references, and overall advice for taking the exam. It includes hands-on labs and quiz sessions.
Internet of Things with Azure
From its device SDKs across multiple programming languages to IoT Hub, which provides a device registry and scalable messaging infrastructure, Azure has a lot to offer. In this learning path, you’ll learn about key Azure services including Azure Functions, Azure DocumentDB, Stream Analytics and more to support your IoT solutions.
Google Cloud Platform
Google Professional Cloud Architect Certification
Whether you’re looking to get certified or just want to learn about the platform, this learning path will help you gain a solid understanding of the various components of the Google Cloud Platform. The learning path includes video courses and quiz sessions and covers topics from the six exam sessions.
Google’s solution to your data problems is Google BigQuery, a massive, lightning-fast data warehouse in the cloud. This learning path will show you the fundamentals of how to use BigQuery and then how to optimize BigQuery to reduce costs, speed up your queries, and apply proper access control.
Getting Started with Docker on Linux and Windows
Docker has taken DevOps by storm and ignited interest in containers. Containers offer many of the benefits of virtual machines but in a much more efficient, less resource-intensive system. Containers allow you to package up an application in an isolated environment that can be executed across machines in a reproducible manner. In this lab, we’ll help you get up and running with Docker: Choose from our Docker on Windows lab or our Docker on Linux lab, both using a Microsoft Azure virtual machine.
Amazon Web Services
Using EC2 Spot Instances
Spot instances can be used in much the same way as regular, on-demand instances except with a different pricing model that offers substantial cost savings. Learn how to create EC2 instances, auto scale a fleet, and more in this hands-on lab.
Build RESTful microservices with AWS Lambda and API Gateway
In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to define a simple API and how to connect it to AWS Lambda. Doing so provides a nice way to obtain a scalable backend for modern web applications or mobile apps. We will configure custom stages, protect resources with an API key and explain how to best connect API Gateway stages with AWS Lambda versions and aliases.
More new content
These are just a few of our newest learning paths and hands-on labs. Check out our content roadmap to find out what’s new and what’s coming next on Cloud Academy.
Google Cloud Certification: Preparation and Prerequisites
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has evolved from being a niche player to a serious competitor to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. In 2018, research firm Gartner placed Google in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for the first time. In t...
Azure Stack Use Cases and Applications
This is the second of a two-part series covering Azure Stack. Our first post provided an introduction to Azure Stack. Why would your organization consider using Azure Stack? What are the key differences between Azure Stack and Microsoft Azure? In this post, we'll begin to answer bot...
Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2018
Microsoft Ignite 2018 was a big success. Over 26,000 people attended Microsoft’s flagship conference for IT professionals in sunny Orlando, Florida. As usual, Microsoft made a huge number of announcements, ranging from minor to major in importance. To save you the trouble of sifting thr...
Planning for Microsoft Ignite 2018 Sessions: What Not to Miss
Cloud Academy is proud to be a sponsor of the Microsoft Ignite Conference to be held September 24 - 28 in Orlando, Florida. This is Microsoft’s biggest event of the year and is a great way to stay up to date on how to get the most from Microsoft’s products. In this post, I’ll help you p...
How to Optimize Cloud Costs with Spot Instances: New on Cloud Academy
One of the main promises of cloud computing is access to nearly endless capacity. However, it doesn’t come cheap. With the introduction of Spot Instances for Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2) in 2009, spot instances have been a way for major cloud providers to sell sp...
What are the Benefits of Machine Learning in the Cloud?
A Comparison of Machine Learning Services on AWS, Azure, and Google CloudArtificial intelligence and machine learning are steadily making their way into enterprise applications in areas such as customer support, fraud detection, and business intelligence. There is every reason to beli...
How Does Azure Encrypt Data?
In on-premises environments, data security is typically a siloed activity, with a company's security team telling the internal technology groups (server administration, database, networking, and so on) what needs to be protected against intrusion.This approach is absolutely a bad...
Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
If you want to deliver digital services of any kind, you’ll need to compute resources including CPU, memory, storage, and network connectivity. Which resources you choose for your delivery, cloud-based or local, is up to you. But you’ll definitely want to do your homework first.Cloud ...
Preparing for the Microsoft Azure 70-535 Exam
The credibility of Microsoft Azure continues to grow in the first quarter of 2018 with an increasing number of enterprises migrating their workloads, resulting in a jump for Azure from 10% to 13% in market share. Most organizations will find that simply “lifting and shifting” applicatio...
Azure Migration Strategy: A Checklist to Get Started
By now, you’ve heard it many times and from many sources: cloud technology is the future of IT. If your organization isn’t already running critical workloads on a cloud platform (and, if your career isn’t cloud-focused), you’re running the very real risk of being overtaken by nimbler co...
Three Must-Use Azure Security Services
Keeping your cloud environment safe continues to be the top priority for the enterprise, followed by spending, according to RightScale’s 2018 State of the Cloud report.The safety of your cloud environment—and the data and applications that your business runs on—depends on how well you...
Is Multi-Cloud a Solution for High Availability?
With the average cost of downtime estimated at $8,850 per minute, businesses can’t afford to risk system failure. Full access to services and data anytime, anywhere is one of the main benefits of cloud computing.By design, many of the core services with the public cloud and its underl...