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What’s free at ACG: July 2021

Eric Pulsifer
Eric Pulsifer

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

It’s July 1, which means two things. One, it’s Canada Day. (Happy Canada Day, Canadian gurus!) And two, there’s a fresh line-up of free cloud training and certification courses around everything from DevOps to AWS. (Eh-WS? Sorry…)

But it gets better. The icing on the cake — or, the brown gravy and squeaky cheese curds atop this cloud-learning platter of career-changing poutine? This month, you can be among the first to try out our new-and-improved AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner course!

July’s free course line-up includes the following new and notable additions, including:

Ready to get started with ACG’s free cloud courses? Sign up for a free ACG account here, or get the full A Cloud Guru experience with a free 7-day trial.


WATCH: Solving The “No Experience” Cloud Hiring Problem
You can’t get experience without a job. But who’ll hire you without experience? Conundrum! Watch this free, on-demand webinar featuring a panel discussion on cloud career development and getting your first cloud job. 


Free Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training

AWS skills are among the top-paying skills 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.

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Our CCP course is one of our most popular courses, and it just got a massive refresh with more hands-on learning and interactivity than ever! This cert prep course is perfect for cloud/AWS newcomers. Learn about key AWS technologies, their use cases, and the costs and benefits of working with AWS.
  • 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.

  • Serverless Computing with Azure Functions
    Take a deep dive into the use of Azure Functions. Prerequisites for this course include: a basic understanding of Azure, software development, Windows virtual machines, and fundamental knowledge of C#, Azure CLI, and PowerShell.
  • 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.

  • Hands-on IoT with GCP
    This course will help you understand hardware purpose, writing software to control hardware, and configuring devices to securely send data captured to GCP.
  • GKE Basics
    Learn about Kubernetes and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).

Free Linux Training

  • Hands-on with Podman Containers on Linux
    Move over Docker! Meet Podman: the default container engine used by Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that’s designed to be a drop-in Docker replacement. Learn what containers are and why we use them; how to manage containers, pods, and images using Podman; how Podman interoperates with Kubernetes and systemd; and how to manage Podman containers using Cockpit.

Post-COVID DevOps

WATCH: Post-COVID DevOps: Accelerating the Future
How has COVID affected — or even accelerated — DevOps best practices for engineering teams? Watch this free, on-demand panel discussion with DevOps leaders as we explore DevOps in a post-COVID world.


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.

  • Introduction to Kubernetes
    Get a basic intro to Kubernetes. This course covers the basics of what containers are and what Kubernetes does. You’ll build your own Kubernetes cluster and use it to run containers. Completely new to Kubernetes? This course can get you ready to move on to more advanced Kubernetes courses, like the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA).
  • Deployment pipelines using GitHub Actions
    GitHub Actions makes it easy to automate the developer workflow. This course shows examples and use cases for building, testing, and deploying your code from GitHub.
  • 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.

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 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.”
  • Reliability Engineering Concepts
    Learn all about that SRE life, including breaking down the role, what DevOps and an SRE have in common, and the terminology and fundamentals you need to know: from SLI, SLO, and SLA to measuring reliability to the tools used by SREs.
  • Data Science Basics
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand data science thanks to this no-experience-needed intro for absolute beginners.

Get the skills needed for a better career.

Master modern tech skills, get certified, and level up your career. Whether you’re starting out or a seasoned pro, you can learn by doing and advance your career in cloud with ACG.

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