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What’s free at A Cloud Guru: September 2020

Eric Pulsifer
Eric Pulsifer

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there are free courses on A Cloud Guru. “Since when?” you might ask. Since now.

With the rollout of the new A Cloud Guru platform, we added the ACG Free Plan. This gives learners free limited access to a slew of intro courses and a rotating selection of our hottest courses, including some hands-on labs and practice quizzes. Plus, it includes access to the awesome ACG Community, Learning Paths, the ACG Mobile App, and all of our ACG Original Series. (That’s series plural, by the way: English is weird, but our series are a treat.)

What courses are free this month?

This month’s lineup of 24 free courses includes an intro to machine learning, courses around DevOps and containers, and cloud learnings covering Kubernetes Security, IAM for Azure, securing S3 buckets, landing a Linux job, and oh so much more. Let’s dig in.

Introduction to Cloud Computing
If you’re looking for an intro to the basics of cloud computing, you just found it. With our explain-it-like-I’m-five (ELI5) intro to cloud, you’ll build the basic vocab needed to get by in a cloud-centric world.


Serverless Concepts
This one-hour course provides a high-level overview, answering the question “What is Serverless computing” without getting too technical. It covers jargon and concepts, so you can talk Serverless without feeling brainless.


Network Routing Fundamentals
What’s network routing? This intro course provides a solid foundation in the basics, including IP addressing, different types of network routing, the protocols that govern routing decisions, and policies used in advanced network routing.


Linux Operating System Fundamentals
Are you a non-technical person wanting to get some idea of what this ‘Linux’ thing is? Get an all-levels-welcome overview that covers the history of Linux, the open-source movement, and the ways in which Linux is used today.


Kubernetes Security
Kubernetes is fast-changing and can be frustrating to newcomers. This five-hour course with hands-on labs gives a Kubernetes Security deep dive, guiding through Kubernetes Security concepts and best practices.


Introduction to Python Development
This 15-hour course will teach you how to read, write, and understand Python code and develop your own Python projects. Learn the building blocks of Python, programming design fundamentals, using the standard library, and more.


Introduction to Machine Learning
Let us be your friendly guide through the often intimidating world of machine learning (ML). Facing your first ML project and need to get up to speed? Struggling with the math jargon in other ML courses? We’ve got you covered.


Identity and Access Management for Azure
Are you a cloud engineer or architect looking to dive into Azure’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) offering? This course covers building, administrating, and working with IAM in Azure.


How to Properly Secure an S3 Bucket
S3 has grown to a critical service. And the probability of attacks has grown with it. That’s why it’s crucial to learn how to secure our data. This course covers methods for securing S3 buckets and how to remediate security issues.


How to Get a Linux Job
Whether you’re a seasoned IT pro or fresh out of school, this course will teach you how to apply for (and land) your first Linux job. We’ll cover networking, contacts, cover letters, résumés, and what to focus on in your job quest.


Google Cloud Security Essentials
This course covers the fundamentals needed to properly secure a Google Cloud environment — and to manage who has access to what resources. The concepts covered are necessary for any GCP security considerations.


Google Cloud Concepts
For the absolute Google Cloud Platform beginner, this course covers GCP concepts in simple terms. What is Google Cloud? Why do we use GCP? This course offers the conceptual foundation needed to advance in GCP.


GKE Basics
This intro course teaches the concepts of Kubernetes and the basic building blocks of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). After this course, you’ll be deploying containers to production in no time.


EKS Basics
Heard about Kubernetes, but not sure how or where to get started on AWS? This course will teach you the basics of Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service. This course will introduce you to EKS concepts and get you up and running.


Docker Quick Start
Less talking, more command line action! This two-hour course gives you what you need to know to get up and running fast with Docker, including how to install Docker on Linux and Windows and run containers in your environment.


DevOps Concepts
Wondering what DevOps is and how it could transform your software development practices? This no-experience-required course is for you. It teachers the DevOps concepts needed to transform your software development practices.


Deploying resources to GCP with Terraform
Learn to manage projects and resources on Google Cloud Platform with Terraform. With Terraform, many resources can be managed, versioned, and easily recreated for your organization or teams.


Choosing the right database service on AWS
This course provides an introduction to database options on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. It covers the benefits of each option and the types of problems they’re best at solving.


Big Data Fundamentals
What’s the big deal with big data? See why it’s necessary and how it works. We clarify what it is (and isn’t), plus architectural problems and how to solve them with cluster computing, distributed storage, and cluster management.


Azure Concepts
Learn about the core components of Azure and examples of how companies are using Azure today. By the end of the course, you’ll know Azure’s core services and better understand how and why companies pick cloud providers.


Azure Architecture Design Concepts
Dive into the concepts that form the basis of Solution Architecture. This course covers design principles, utility and practice of technical and non-technical requirements gathering, and resource consumption and cost control.


AWS Essentials
Completely new to AWS? This 17-hour course covers everything you need to get started. No prior experience required. We introduce you to AWS, core AWS services, and the process of setting up your own AWS account.


Automating AWS with Lambda, Python, and Boto3
Explore AWS automation using Lambda and Python. You’ll learn how to integrate Lambda with popular AWS services, such as EC2, S3, SQS, DynamoDB, and more before diving into advanced use cases to uncover the power of Lambda.


Amazon DynamoDB Deep Dive
Pick up the skills to effectively build scalable, high-performance applications using AWS DynamoDB. This course is intended for all skill levels — even if you’re a complete newcomer to database development.


New free courses are rotated in regularly

That’s it for this month. Get out there and pick up some new tech skills, stay tuned for the next drop of free courses, and (most importantly) keep being awesome, cloud gurus!

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