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Introduction to Cloud Computing on AWS for Beginners

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  • This course is designed for Cloud Computing beginners and AWS beginners Absolutely no prior experience necessary


UPDATE (Jan 2023): We're pleased to let you know that we have just published a completely new version of this course! The new course is composed of 100% new lessons and hands-on activities to reflect the latest AWS console and services.

This Introduction to Cloud Computing on Amazon AWS course takes you from the AWS basics to being a competent AWS cloud practitioner. You'll learn general cloud computing concepts and AWS from fundamentals right through to advanced concepts. You'll also build hands-on skills using many of the core Amazon Web Services (AWS) services. Ideal for beginners - absolutely no cloud computing experience is required!

We use a highly visual and effective method of teaching cloud computing and AWS concepts using diagrams and animations (no bullet-point slides!). There are lots of hands-on exercises using an Amazon Web Services (AWS) free tier account to give you practical experience.

If you're interested in moving into a high-paying career working with cloud computing services - this is the best way to get started. You'll build knowledge from beginner level to advanced concepts, with plenty of opportunities to practice what you're learning.


Here's a snapshot of some of the awesome skills you'll learn using this course:

  • Learn fundamental concepts of cloud computing and including storage, database, networking, virtualization, containers, and cloud architecture

  • Create an AWS Free Tier account and launch your first virtual servers (Amazon EC2 instances) on the AWS Cloud

  • Configure elasticity, high availability and fault tolerance using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling and Amazon Elastic Load Balancing

  • Create and configure storage services and upload files and objects using Amazon EBS, Amazon EFS and Amazon S3

  • Launch a relational database on Amazon RDS and a NoSQL database using Amazon DynamoDB

  • Automatically deploy infrastructure using code through AWS CloudFormation

  • Create a Platform as a Service (PaaS) application on AWS Elastic Beanstalk

  • Learn how to use DevOps tools on AWS to automate a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline

  • Implement serverless computing and Docker containers on AWS using AWS Lambda and Amazon ECS

  • Create serverless event-driven architectures on Lambda

  • Create loosely coupled services with Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS

This is a great way to get started with cloud computing and also a great starting point for those planning to earn their AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or AWS Certified Solutions Architect certifications (you will need additional courses aimed at those AWS certifications).


Watch the intro video to learn how this course will help you gain a solid understanding of Cloud Computing on AWS. 


In this ultimate guide to cloud computing on AWS the topics you'll learn include:


Section 2 - Create a Free Tier Account on AWS

You’ll learn about AWS accounts and how to create your own free tier account so you can follow along with the numerous hands-on lessons in the course and build your practical skills. You’ll also learn how to set a budget that notifies you when your AWS bill reaches a defined threshold to ensure you don’t spend more than you are happy to.

Section 3 - IT Fundamentals

Gain an understanding of fundamental IT concepts, including:

  • Client / server computing

  • Storage concepts: block, file, and object

  • IP addressing and subnetting basics

  • Networking: routers and switches

  • Server virtualization and Docker containers

  • Application programming interfaces (APIs)

Section 4 - Cloud Computing Concepts

Learn about the key cloud computing concepts:

  • Legacy / traditional IT vs cloud computing

  • The advantages of cloud computing services

  • Cloud computing examples

  • Cloud computing service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)

  • Cloud computing deployment models (private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud, multicloud)

  • Scaling up vs scaling out

  • Load balancing

  • High availability and Fault tolerance

  • Monolithic vs microservices architectures

Section 5 - AWS Access Control and Networking

In this section you'll learn the basics of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the AWS IAM and Amazon VPC:

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Creating AWS IAM users and groups

  • Cloud networking - Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

  • Creating custom Amazon VPCs

  • Cloud computing security - security groups and network ACLs

  • Creating security groups and NACLs

Section 6 - Amazon EC2, Auto Scaling, and Load Balancing

Learn how to use Amazon AWS's IaaS platform and launch virtual servers on Amazon EC2:

  • Launching Amazon EC2 instances

  • Create a website on Amazon EC2

  • Using IAM Roles with EC2

  • Scaling with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

  • Add high availability with Amazon Elastic Load Balancing

Section 7 - AWS Storage Services

Use block, file, and object storage on AWS:

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Instance Stores

  • Amazon EBS snapshots and AMIs

  • Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Section 8 - AWS Databases

Use managed database services in the AWS Cloud:

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

  • Create Amazon RDS DB with a Read Replica

  • Amazon DynamoDB

  • Create a DynamoDB table

Section 9 - Automation and DevOps on AWS

Learn how to automate deployment and management on AWS and use the AWS Developer Tools:

  • Deploy infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation

  • Deploy a Platform as a Service (PaaS) application using AWS Elastic Beanstalk

  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

  • AWS CodeCommit, CodePipeline, and CodeDeploy

  • Create an AWS CodePipeline with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Section 10 - DNS, Caching, and Performance Optimization

  • Use Amazon Route 53 for DNS resolution and domain registration

  • Use the Amazon CloudFront content delivery network (CDN)

  • AWS Global Accelerator

Section 12 -Containers and Serverless Computing

You'll learn about Docker containers and serverless computing:

  • Docker Containers on Amazon ECS

  • Serverless computing with AWS Lambda functions

  • Application integration services and loose coupling

  • Amazon EventBridge

Section 13 - Get certified on AWS

Learn how to take the next step in your career with an AWS Certification such as the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.



Check out the excellent course reviews from our happy students:

"Great experience, clearly presented and lots of hands on practice demos"

"Awesome, the flow of the session is very good; the trainer started from basics and then gradually moved to advanced topics. Highly recommended"

"I am a second-year CS student at one of the best unis in the UK. This lecturer explained my whole network module in literally 20 mins and I understood more than in my uni lectures. lol"



Hi, my name is Neal Davis - I'll be your instructor for this course. Cloud Computing is my Passion - which is why I founded Digital Cloud Training - offering AWS training resources that represent a higher quality standard than is otherwise available in the market. I created this beginner's course to help you understand core cloud computing concepts & the basics of AWS. I enjoy teaching on Udemy as it allows me to leverage my knowledge and hands-on experience that I have built over the last 20 years…Yes, I've been working in the Cloud space since its very inception!



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