learning pathTechnical Essentials of AWS
24 hours
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This Learning Path is for beginners; for those who are ready to begin their journey into the AWS cloud.   

For some, this is a choice full of excitement and possibility. For others, the choice has been made for them and it comes with a feeling of uncertainty. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. AWS has thousands of services and features available and it can be challenging to figure out the first steps to take.

Cloud Academy is here to help with a Learning Path that covers AWS and its foundational services of compute, storage, networking, and databases.    

Intended Audience

This Learning Path is ideal for anyone looking to learn more about the AWS cloud and is ready to start learning how to use it.

Learning Objectives

Following this learning path you will have a better understanding of:

  • The AWS global infrastructure
  • On-demand virtualized computing with EC2
  • Networking using a Virtual Private Cloud
  • Creating highly available environments
  • Amazon S3: The Simple Storage Service
  • Identity and Access Management with IAM
  • The Amazon Relational Database Service
  • The NoSQL database Amazon DynamoDB
  • Load Balancing and Auto Scaling to create elastic environments
  • Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch and the AWS Trusted Advisor


There are no prerequisites required before taking this Learning Path. 

It will be advantageous to have a basic understanding of concepts such as computer virtualization, data storage, and IP-based networking.  

However, these skills are not required.  


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Your certificate for this learning path
Stuart Scott
AWS Content Director
Learning Paths

Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.