Hands-on Labs

Often imitated, but inimitable.

Flight school for all things cloud. Hands-on Labs are live cloud environments for your team to build and validate practical experience directly on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Docker, Kubernetes, data pipelines, and much more. Available with guidance or in challenge mode, each Cloud Academy Lab takes place in a secure, sandboxed environment with no additional costs, no new accounts, and no test instances to clean up.

Get guided. Get challenged.

Available only at Cloud Academy, Lab challenges push your skills to the next level in an environment designed to get users from point A to point B in a challenging environment with limited direction. After running verification checks on the lab environment, your skill profile will reflects your new chops.

With the largest library of Hands-on Labs, this is your quickest path to real-world expertise, whether you’re adopting a platform for the first time or exploring a new technology.

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Our self-guided demo allows you to experience the most powerful features of Cloud Academy platform, completely risk-free. Just imagine your team and employee names replacing the simulated user data and boom 🚀

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Hands-on Instruction

Tutorials alone can’t teach your team to operate in complex cloud environments. Hands-On Labs meaningfully reinforce knowledge gained in Learning Paths by guiding and challenging users in the console — or in the command line. Your organization deserves training that loads fast and that works behind the firewall, performing as you would expect an enterprise-grade product to.

Customizable Hands-on Labs

Every enterprise technology stack is different and context matters. Like everything in our entire Training Library, Cloud Academy Hands-on Labs are customizable using Content Engine. Cloud Centers of Excellence, architects, and implementation teams can easily create custom Hands-on Labs by cloning one from our Library using Content Engine. By selecting a different base environment or changing steps in the lab, organizations can easily onboard new employees or get staff comfortable using a new technology in the specific context of an enterprise architecture.

Enterprise Scenario-Based Training

Hands-On Labs leverage real-world use cases in a live AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform console to help your team build practical, lasting cloud computing skills. Build your team’s problem-solving skills across the most in-demand cloud services and topics.

Hands-on Labs cover essential topics such as Security, Compliance, and Migration on AWSAzure, Google Cloud Platform, and other cloud technologies in the enterprise world. Each lab is kept up to date with the latest platform releases and new labs on real-world enterprise topics are published every month.

Verify skills with Hands-on Labs

Mastering theory may work for a certification exam, but the stakes are higher in the real world. Validation for Hands-on Lab allows you to verify that staff can think critically about and properly operate various technologies in the console. They work by automatically checking that the steps that an individual took in a Hands-on Lab were completed and sufficient.

Secure Learning Sandbox

There’s a reason why internal test accounts at some companies can take weeks to get approved. Hands-on Labs are completely risk-free training environments on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Zero administrative overhead. Zero risk to infrastructure.

Labs in Seconds, Not Minutes

Cloud Academy Hands-on Labs provision in seconds — not minutes — and Bridge Mode allows Labs to work consistently even behind corporate firewalls. No AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform account required. Hands-on Labs are completely managed by Cloud Academy. They’re active within seconds and shut down securely and automatically once completed.

Learn how you can leverage Hands-on Labs in a comprehensive, organization-wide training program.