The 8 Best Places to Learn Cloud Computing

Nehal Barot

places_learn_cloudCompanies are deploying cloud solutions at an ever increasing rate. And companies like Amazon (AWS), Google (Google Cloud), and Microsoft (Azure) have been capitalizing by offering some of the leading cloud solutions in the industry. And those are just a few of the available platforms. IBM, VMWare, Rackspace, and many others offer great solutions as well. So with all of these platforms, the need for qualified, educated employees is rapidly increasing as well.

There are many quality learning resources for the cloud professional. These resources are helpful for individuals just starting out, those that have been in the industry for a few years, or seasoned cloud veterans. The question is not your experience level, but ’what do you want to learn?’ Some of the courses are completely free and some paid. A few of them offer free trials so you can try the course before you buy it. A few of them also have courses with hands-on virtual labs.

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Here are some of the best places to increase your cloud computing knowledge:

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1. Amazon Web Services
Let’s first look at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s popular cloud offering. Many of their online training courses are free and are a great place to start. In fact, they offer over 150 courses on AWS fundamentals. Their courses are short and packed with good information. Some of their interesting featured courses include:

  • AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials
  • Introduction to AWS Secrets Manager
  • Big Data Technology Fundamentals
  • AWS Analytics Services Overview

You can also browse courses by role or content domain.

Once you’ve got the basics down, you can look into the paid classroom options if you want to gain more in-depth knowledge.

2. Udemy
Udemy is a leading provider of online courses on various topics. They have quite a lot of content on cloud computing which can be helpful for interested learners.

Udemy works with leading professionals and educational organizations to deliver high quality educational content. You can filter based on paid or free courses as well as expertise level like beginner, intermediate, or expert. Many of the courses are available in multiple languages. Based on your available time, you can also choose courses based on duration.

The quality of a course is probably best identified by the star ratings provided by individuals who have taken the courses.

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3. Coursera
This is a leading online education platform. Coursera partners with various leading universities such as Yale, Stanford, Penn State, Harvard, and many others. Their cloud computing training and certifications are extensive and they even offer Computer Science Masters Degrees from Arizona State University and University of Illinois.

4. offers quality courses on cloud computing. They have have courses from University of Maryland and some others from their partnership with Microsoft. You may also find some promotional AWS credits for some courses. Promotional offers may be present on many of the other portals too.

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5. LinkedIn Learning with content
This partnership web content site has got lot of interesting cloud content. There is also a free month option where you can try out all of the courses. The content helps to learn and support technologies like Microsoft Azure, Google Apps, and iCloud. There are over 227 Cloud Computing Courses & Videos spanning different levels like Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. There is also option to buy courses for a group of users or team.

6. Cloud Academy
The content here is focused on gaining a deep understanding of the various cloud platforms. Fresh content is also added regularly. Hands-on labs, quizzes, and exams help in validating what you’ve learned. There is a 7-day free trial with unlimited access to the full library of hands-on labs, learning paths, courses, and quizzes.

7. Linux Academy
Linux Academy is a popular site for cloud training purposes. The site has access to over 2,000 hours of in-depth courses, labs, flash cards, and hands-on training and is a valuable learning resource for students. There are hands-on labs and instructor mentoring options available too.

8. A Cloud Guru
The name says it all. This web portal has a plenty of cloud focused courses on AWS, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform. You can have a free trial too. There are also multiple filter options provided to sort content by vendor, topic, level, service, role, instructor, and type. There are also popular online discussion forums like the AWS Certification Lounge, and others.

These 8 resources just scratch the surface. T
here is a wide variety of options available for learning cloud computing. Happy learning


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