AVG Duration13h


Welcome to Optimizing Cloud Costs, a learning path focused on cloud cost optimization and Cloud financial management.

The courses and labs within this learning path help you understand Cloud cost management practices and principles.  

  • Adopt a consumption model
  • Measure overall efficiency
  • Analyze and attribute expenditure
  • Use managed and application-level services to reduce cost of ownership


After completing this learning path, you will be better prepared to manage cost-effective cloud solutions.


We welcome all feedback and suggestions — please contact us at support@cloudacademy.com if you are unsure about where to start or if would like help getting started.


Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

Course - Beginner - 46m
Internal Business Effects of the Cloud
This course looks at the different areas of your organization and helps give you visibility on how a cloud migration will affect it from a business perspective.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 15m
Cost Optimization Strategies for the Cloud
In this course, you'll learn what you can do to reduce overall spending while maintaining innovation velocity.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 6m
Cloud Financial Management — Beyond Just Optimization
In this course, you are going to learn about FinOps Principles and how to build FinOps Teams, as well as the three phases of the FinOps Lifecycle.
Course - Beginner - 34m
Designing Cost-Optimized Architectures in AWS
This course covers cost optimization concepts and practices, the various instance types available, and purchasing options.
Resource - Not defined - 46m
Webinar | AWS Cost Savings: Ending Decision Paralysis When Trying to Optimize Spend with Reserved Instances and Savings Plans
Discover how to ace the planning and procurement of reserved cloud capacity, so you can successfully optimize your AWS spend.
Course - Intermediate - 38m
Optimizing Cloud Costs with Spot Instances and Spotinst
This course explains how to leverage excess cloud capacity to optimize the costs of cloud computing using spot instances.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h
Using EC2 Spot Instances
In this lab, you will learn how to create EC2 spot instances, how they can be used in AWS, and how to handle instance interruptions.
Course - Beginner - 21m
AWS Cost Management and Customer Support
In this course, you’ll learn about the various billing and cost management services available, what they do, and when they can best help you.
Resource - Not defined - 54m
Webinar | Best Practices to Optimize AWS Costs & Govern at Scale
Learn how to streamline AWS operations with data and automation.
Course - Intermediate - 42m
Understanding and Optimizing Costs with AWS Storage Services
This course explores the pricing of AWS storage services including Amazon S3, Glacier storage classes, Elastic File System, FSx, Storage Gateway, and AWS Backup.
Course - Intermediate - 33m
Understanding Costs Associated with Amazon RDS
This course explores the cost metrics associated with the Amazon Relational Database Service, known as RDS.
Resource - Not defined - 10m
How to Optimize S3 Performance
How to Optimize S3 Performance
Course - Intermediate - 29m
Using AWS Trusted Advisor to Follow and Implement Best Practices
This course looks at how to use AWS Trusted Advisor to implement some best practices and recommendations across your AWS environment with your organization.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 10m
Follow Best Practices with AWS Trusted Advisor
Follow best practices with AWS Trusted Advisor auditing your AWS environment and advising you on performance, and security improvements.
Course - Intermediate - 33m
AWS Cost Management: Visualizing Costs
This course explores how to visualize your costs in AWS and share them with others.
Course - Intermediate - 15m
AWS Cost Management: Tagging
In this course, we will take a look at tagging in AWS in general and other best practices in the context of cost optimization in AWS.
Course - Beginner - 7m
AWS Cost Management: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
In this course, you will learn about KPIs, how to use them correctly, and how to make the most of them in your individual use case.
Course - Beginner - 11m
AWS Cost Management: Cost Allocation
In this course, you'll learn about cost allocation in AWS, including best practices and how to apply common strategies.
Course - Intermediate - 24m
Managing Azure Costs
In this course, you’ll learn how to forecast Azure costs, choose the right subscription and purchasing options, track spending, and use cost reduction strategies.
Course - Intermediate - 43m
Optimizing Azure Costs
In this course, you'll learn about costing on Azure to ensure efficient optimization of budgets to push your enterprise to the max.
Course - Intermediate - 37m
Optimizing Google BigQuery
Learn how to make BigQuery faster, cheaper, and more secure with this hands-on course.
Exam - 45m
Final Exam: Optimizing Cloud Costs
Final Exam: Optimizing Cloud Costs
About the Author
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Andrew is fanatical about helping business teams gain the maximum ROI possible from adopting, using, and optimizing Public Cloud Services. Having built  70+ Cloud Academy courses, Andrew has helped over 50,000 students master cloud computing by sharing the skills and experiences he gained during 20+  years leading digital teams in code and consulting. Before joining Cloud Academy, Andrew worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe.