Cloud Computing has been a buzz word for quite a long time now. More and more people are proactively showing interest in learning at least one of the Cloud Computing platform or forced to learn one just to stay relevant in the industry. Within Cloud Computing there are three types of cloud model Public, Private and Hybrid. We’ll dig deep in to all the models in future but today we’ll be talking about one of the important and popular Public Cloud Service model provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).
I have been asked by friends and colleagues, How do I start with the AWS? I’m sure there are many people out there who have experienced the same situation. I hope this post answers their question.
First and foremost, AWS is a mammoth of Public Cloud Service platform which will take time to learn and master. There’s a lot of documentation, references, tutorial, videos and a lot more already available on the inter webs but key is to select and learn one or more service at a time which builds your interest and take it from there. For the record, as of 2016 AWS has 70+ services, spanning a wide range, including compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, mobile, developer tools and tools for the Internet of things.
What do I suggest for a beginner who is kin to learn AWS?
1. Watch introductory Videos of Products you are interested in learning Eg. Compute, Storage, Network, RDS etc. from AWS’s YouTube Playlist or here.
One of the best thing about AWS is, it provides Free Tier usage for 12 months for its products for the new users so that they can learn and explore their Products and gain Hands on Knowledge/experience.
2. Register for AWS Free Tier and start practicing. 🙂
3. Register for qwiklabs account and complete Introductory/Free labs provided with detailed instructions.
Now, once you are comfortable and familiar with AWS Products you can get certified on your knowledge. There are a couple of online Training providers who provides quality training at attractive rates with either Labs included or with the usage of your Free Tier account. However, more on AWS Training and Certifications in the next post.