Amazon launches training labs to teach beginners how to use AWS

Amazon launches training labs to teach beginners how to use AWS

Summary: Novice cloud developers can get their hands dirty in a live AWS environment with the aid of new labs Amazon has helped set up.

TOPICS: Cloud, Amazon

Amazon has launched a new set of courses offering online "self-paced labs" to those who who want hands on experience with AWS computing.

The new education labs are being delivered by Amazon Partner Network (APN) partner Cloud vLab on its platform and add another layer to Amazon’s existing training and certification courses. 

Participants can select a range of topics and products at different levels of difficulty, from the very basics of AWS to more complex projects that were designed by Amazon 'subject matter experts'.

"AWS self-paced labs were designed by AWS subject matter experts and provide an opportunity to use the AWS console in a variety of pre-designed scenarios and common use cases, giving you hands-on practice in a live AWS environment to help you gain confidence working with AWS," Amazon says. 

At the beginner end, participants get an understanding of EC2, Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Elastic Load Balancing. From there, they can be shown how to use the AWS management console and, for example, how to spin up a Linux instance and how to attach a storage volume to it.

With the basics out of the way, they can move to more complex projects like creating a virtual private cloud or launching a web application using AWS CloudFormation to specify resource usage.

The labs are paid for by way of tokens that cost $29.99 each per lab.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon

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  • Lesson #1: Get used to NSA spying and shut up!!

  • and AWS means what exactly?

    very poor writing, one must always use the full wording of an acronym before continuing with the acronym
    • Exactly my thoughts!

      under "related Stories" I saw a different article that said Amazon Web Services.. I assume that this is what AWS stands for?
      Nothing more worthless than a story you spend the whole time wondering what that means.
      Personally I thnk it should be called "Amazon Chaching-Chaching.. wanna compute? Pay the fees, Chaching"
      I can see times when such a service is, perhaps, desireable.. but I can VPN from anywhere to my company systems for my files.. I do not need Amazon, Google or someone else scanning my work files for something they can turn a buck on to get to my files remotely.
  • Pay to learn to use our services

    Seems like it would make more sense for Amazon to give away training and labs to get more people using AWS more. Isn't there more money in AWS fees than in charging people how to use it right?


    To others commenting: If you didn't know what AWS was, then why did you read this article?
  • amazon 101

    This will be good as AMZ is doing virtual business. No consultant or reseller to hold your hands to the tutorial will be good to let you have a kick start

    However I wish AMZ will also have videos/tutorials on their more esoteric services such as VPC, Glacier, S3 etc
  • Define Your Acronyms!

    I had to go to Wikipedia to find out what AWS is. Competent writers define the acronym upon first usage.
  • Get out much

    Give me a break on the acronym whining...this is an IT blog web site...AWS is not new...get your head out of the sand and keep up with current technology...