Amazon launches training labs to teach beginners how to use AWS

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

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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.

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