Introduction to Cloud Computing - Jan 2019 (Repeats Quarterly)

Introduction to Cloud Computing - Jan 2019 (Repeats Quarterly)

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If you are interested in learning the Basics in Cloud Computing, no better place to start than with our Introduction to Cloud Computing course. We focus on the current market leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides any student with a firm grasp of the general concepts of cloud computing. Our courses will provide you with the foundation for the following certifications:

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
AWS Certified Developer Associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

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Course Description

This is an Introduction to Cloud Computing with focus on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What am I going to get from this course?

Learn about cloud computing in general, AWS Technical Essentials, and how to design and deploy AWS services. Once you have completed this training course, you will be fully capable of building your own applications in AWS, and an excellent foundation that you need for your AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate Journey. There are also the fundamentals for the AWS Dev Ops Associate and AWS Sys Ops Associate certification exams.

What is the target audience?

Anyone who wishes to learn how to use AWS to build scalable applications

This course is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no experience with Amazon Web Services is required.

Our Cloud Computing course is divided in 2 parts:

1. AWS Technical Essentials
2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect Bootcamp


Introduction to Cloud computing:

Cloud computing allows you to utilize shared resources available through a service provider. Those resources can be storage space, use of software applications, or servers. You can buy more resources in the cloud if you need to and you can also give back resources that you no longer need. In this course, you will access a variety of cloud services and work with different cloud providers such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. You will set up virtual servers, work with cloud file storage, learn about a variety of cloud collaboration options, and much more.


This practical course will help you make the transition to working in the cloud from any device, anywhere, anytime.


AWS Technical Essentials

This introduces you to AWS products, services, and common solutions. It provides you with fundamentals to become more proficient in identifying AWS services so that you can make informed decisions about IT solutions based on your business requirements and get started working on AWS.

Target AWS Certifications


AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
AWS Certified Developer Associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

The new AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (Released February 2018) exam validates knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. We recommend candidates have at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distributed systems on AWS before taking the exam. This exam covers:

  • Designing resilient architectures

  • Defining performant architectures

  • Specifying secure applications and architectures

  • Designing cost-optimized architectures

  • Defining operationally excellent architectures

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Cloud Computing
2. Amazon Web Services Overview

3. AWS Technical Essentials

4. Identity and Access Management (IAM)

5. AWS Object Storage and CDN - S3, Glacier and Cloud Front

6. The backbone of AWS (EC2 Virtual Servers)

7. Route 53

8. Relational Database Service (RDS)

9. Virtual Private Cloud

10. Load Balancing

11. Auto Scaling And CloudWatch

12. CloudFront

13. ElastiCache

14. Intro to CloudFormation

15. Intro to Lambda

16. Each section is accompanied by in class lab and 2 hours independent project.

What are the requirements?

1. You will need a PC or Mac (64 bit)

2. Please click this link and go to Amazon Web Services and create your account. You may need to enter your credit card information; however, you will not be charged for anything. AWS give you free credit for the first year.

3. You will need Google Authenticator to login for reasons that will be explained soon enough.

4. Create an account with Qwiklabs. This is a free environment for you to learn the basics about AWS' essential services. qwiKLABS is AWS approved lab and qwikLABS provide hands-on practice with popular AWS services and real-world cloud scenarios.

5. Call information: We will be using Gotomeeting.

Class times + Focus (subject to change):

We will meet on:

Tuesdays from 7-9 pm - Focus: Conceptual

Thursdays from 7-9 pm - Focus: Conceptual + Console

Saturdays from 12 - 2 pm - Focus - Student projects

Please make sure before class, you are somewhere quiet and with reliable internet. As there is screen sharing to demonstrate the console. Also, as a general rule, please put yourself on MUTE during class unless you have a question. Ambient noise sometimes can interfere with other students' ability to hear clearly. Thanks for understanding.

Duration: We anticipate 8-10 weeks depending on class understanding and any additions to the core curriculum of AWS Solution Architect Exam. AWS is a very fast moving environment so we may need to expand the curriculum in real time.

Required Reading: Crawl. Walk. Run: My journey to becoming an AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate