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What’s free at ACG: December 2021

Eric Pulsifer
Eric Pulsifer

Learn new cloud skills with free AWS training, free Microsoft Azure certification courses, and free content around Google Cloud (GCP), security, DevOps, Kubernetes, Linux, and beyond. (Did we mention it’s free?) Here’s what’s free this month at A Cloud Guru.

The year is almost over and AWS re:Invent 2021 is underway. To celebrate, we’re offering some of our top AWS training courses for free through the rest of the year. These free cloud courses run the gamut from beginner-friendly intros to advanced technical topics and include a few brand-new courses. (More interested in Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, or DevOps? We’ve got plenty of freebies for you too!)

Continue on to see the current batch of free cloud training from A Cloud Guru!


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Here’s this month’s bunch of free AWS-focused, skills-developing goodness!

Continue on for the full detailed list of this month’s free cloud training courses. Whatever your skill level, ACG has you covered with the essentials you need to master AWSAzureGCP, Linux, and beyond.

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Free Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training

AWS skills are among the top-paying salary careers in cloud. Whether you’re already on an AWS certification path or you’re looking to master some of the most in-demand AWS skills, these free courses can get you where you want to go.

  • Building a Full-Stack Serverless Application on AWS
    In this course, we’ll build on serverless fundamentals and explore how you can leverage various AWS services to build a basic full-stack (front end, business logic, and back end) application without any virtual machines or servers to maintain. Knowledge of serverless fundamentals is required.
  • Introduction to Amazon Cognito
    Need a secure sign-in for your users? Would you like to allow your users to sign in using social identity providers? Do you need to sync sign-ins across multiple devices? In this course, you will learn how Amazon Cognito can provide access to all 3 features. This course is for learners who have a thorough understanding of AWS services and concepts, especially AWS IAM, ACM, S3, CloudFront, and Route 53.
  • AWS Essentials
    This no-AWS-experience-required course gives an in-depth introduction to all things AWS through real-world scenarios and hands-on activities.
  • EKS Basics
    Unlock the power of Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service.

Free Microsoft Azure Training

Azure skills are in high demand, and the top-paying Microsoft Azure certifications can even give AWS certs a run for their money. Whether you’re working on your Azure certification path or just looking to pick up some basics, our free Azure courses have you covered.

  • Introduction to Azure Security
    Improve Azure security and discover best practices for protecting your Azure cloud workloads. Learn important concepts and security features in Microsoft Azure.
  • Azure Concepts
    Get up to speed on the basics of Azure and cloud services in this Azure concepts crash course.

Free Google Cloud (GCP) Training

Plotting your Google Cloud career path can be tricky. These free GCP courses offer something for beginners and practitioners alike.

  • Google Cloud Security Essentials
    Pick up the core fundamentals needed to properly secure your Google Cloud environment and manage who has access to what resources. The concepts introduced in this course are crucial for any security considerations on Google Cloud.
  • GKE Basics
    Learn about Kubernetes and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

Free Linux Training


Post-COVID DevOps

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Free DevOps and Serverless Training

Whether you’re looking to learn more about the basics of DevOps and agile or the different serverless options between AWS, Azure, and GCP, A Cloud Guru can help you level up your DevOps game.

  • Serverless Concepts
    Get a high-level overview of serverless, including the basic vocab and concepts.
  • Big Data Fundamentals
    Learn about Big Data, cluster computing, distributed storage, and cluster management.

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Free Developer Training Courses

  • Introduction to Python Development
    Learn about the building blocks of Python, programming design fundamentals, how to use the standard library, and how to create Python projects in this 15-hour apprentice-level course.

Free Security Training Courses

  • Introduction to OWASP Top 10 Security Risks
    “O Wasp!” isn’t just something to exclaim when spotting a nasty stinging insect. This course introduces you to the OWASP organization and their list of the top 10 web application security risks, analyzing risks from an attacker’s perspective and providing defensive techniques to protect against these risks.
  • Cloud Security Fundamentals
    This course will introduce you to many cloud concepts and how to secure those through the use of tools available.

Free Cloud Training for Beginners

ACG’s intro and conceptual courses are perfect for newcomers to cloud and tech or non-technical roles who want to have a better understanding of the tech that powers modern organizations.

  • Cloud Computing Foundations
    Our explain-it-like-I’m-five (but I’m a super-smart five-year-old interested in tech) intro to the basics of cloud computing breaks down the basics and decodes the jargon that can make cloud feel impenetrable. This new course replaces our Intro to Cloud Computing course on the free course roster. You’ll learn the difference between PaaS and SaaS faster than you can figure out how to pronounce “IaaS.”

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