Alibaba Cloud Certified Associate (ACA) Preparation

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*** Learning Path in Preview ***

This learning path is still being developed, with new content being added over the coming weeks to ensure it provides you with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of Alibaba Cloud and prepares you for the Cloud Computing Associate exam. An additional course — Alibaba Auto Scaling — is on its way, so check back regularly for updates.


Just starting out in the world of Alibaba Cloud? Let this learning path be the first step on your journey. It covers the essential aspects of this fast-growing platform, introducing you to the fundamental services you'll need in order to build your own Alibaba Cloud infrastructure. Furthermore, this learning path helps prepare you to take the Alibaba Cloud Computing Associate exam and hence become an Alibaba Cloud Certified Associate.

The Alibaba services currently covered in this learning path are:

  • Elastic Compute Service (ECS)
  • Object Storage Service (OSS)
  • Server Load Balancer (SLB)
  • Alibaba RDS

Learning Objectives

  • Use the Elastic Compute Service (ECS) to deploy servers in an Alibaba Cloud environment
  • Understand the basics of ECS with regards to storage, security, and networking
  • Learn about the management, use, and operations of the Object Storage Service (OSS)
  • Understand the advantages of OSS and its billing methods
  • Learn about Alibaba's Server Load Balancer (SLB) service and its main components
  • Learn about the advantages, use, and operations of the SLB service, and how to set up a Server Load Balancer
  • Learn about the relational database service offerings from Alibaba Cloud

Intended Audience

  • IT professionals who want to understand the basics of Alibaba Cloud with a view to setting up their own infrastructures using the platform
  • Anyone looking to look to obtain the Alibaba Cloud Certified Associate certification.


This is a beginner-level learning path on Alibaba Cloud, so no previous experience with the platform is required. Having, you should have some basic knowledge of cloud technologies in general, and the kinds of services offered by the major cloud providers.


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Learning Path Steps


This course introduces you to Alibaba’s Elastic Compute Service, or ECS, one of the most common services within the Alibaba platform.


This course is an introduction to the fundamental aspects of Alibaba’s Object Storage Service (OSS).


This course introduces the Server Load Balancer service from Alibaba Cloud.


This course covers the fundamentals of the relational database offerings in Alibaba Cloud and will help prepare you for the ACA exam.


Preview Exam: Alibaba Cloud Certified Associate (ACA)

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