If you are like me, then you have been self-teaching yourself all things cloud related. There are so many paid resources out there with promises to fast track you into knowing all there is to know. If you have the money to spend then by all means, do what is best for you. I personally prefer the free route and will occasionally spend what is absolutely needed. But also, I don't think there is such a thing as "fast tracking into cloud". Do you?
As I mentioned in a previous post AWS Cloud Practitioner Study Guide, first make sure cloud is something you even want to learn. (You probably should learn a tad about it as most companies are either migrating, starting to migrate, or have already migrated to some cloud provider).
Back to the main topic, AWS study guides. When it comes to learning about AWS services/offerings/and use cases..... in my opinion these guides are the first things you should look at. If you are into getting certified as well, following these guides and testing out is just the icing on the cake.
I first discovered these guides awhile back while creating my case as to why I should get access to OpenShift training. I used these guides to support my journey of learning about multiple clouds at a junior level. You see, I am a consultant and it is important that my skills be transferrable per client project. What I learn about one cloud providers platform should be about 30-50% transferrable to what I learn about another cloud providers platform.
Whoever created these guides, thank you to infinity and beyond. What I love about them is that it's a curated list of webpages, digital training, labs, class training, workshops, white-papers, blog posts, videos, docs, solutions, certification guides, and so much more! If your brain thinks of a "well what if", that ramp up guide probably has it. Each guide is curated by role, solutions and industries too.
It blew my mind that not everyone knows about these guides so that was the reason for me creating this post. A team worked hard putting these resources in one digestible place so let us thank them by using/reading/sharing!
You can also find learning plans by visiting the AWS SkillBuilder Website.
The following lists below are direct quotes from this website: AWS Ramp-Up Guides. These are all of the current ramp-up guides that are available.
Ramp-Up Guides by Role
For AWS Cloud architects, solutions architects, and engineers. Solve your business challenges by designing and optimizing cloud solutions using AWS services, best practices, and the AWS Well-Architected Framework. This guide can also help you prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate and AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Professional certification exams.
Learn the basics of AWS Cloud—including the AWS Global Infrastructure; compute, storage, database, networking, security, and monitoring—at a foundational level. From this base level of knowledge, expand into other role-based or domain-based areas of expertise. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam.
Learn how AWS can help take your business to the next level and accelerate your journey to the cloud. This guide will help you better understand the business value of AWS, how job roles will change, cloud security, financial management, and more.
Learn how to build modern applications on AWS using microservices, containers, and serverless technologies using the programming language of your choice. You'll also be exposed to the foundational principles of DevOps and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) on AWS. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Developer – Associate certification exam.
Become proficient at deploying secure and reliable applications at high velocity on AWS by using version control, infrastructure as code and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD). This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional certification exam.
Take control of your AWS resources by learning how to automate, monitor, and optimize applications, networks and systems. You'll also learn how to implement enterprise governance and controls, centralize your operations management, and establish configuration management and auditing processes. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification exam.
Ramp-Up Guides by Solution
This guide can help developers and DevOps engineers learn how to build and run containerized applications using AWS Container Services. You'll also learn how to orchestrate and manage container resources with a focus on scaling, security, networking, monitoring, and reliability.
In this guide, business and technical professionals can learn cloud financial management with AWS. Featured topics include cost transparency, control, forecasting, and optimization.
Developers and data engineers will learn how to design, build, secure, and maintain analytics solutions. You'll also learn the fastest way to get answers to your users' questions from your data. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty certification exam.
This guide teaches data engineers and database administrators about AWS' relational and nonrelational database services and how to choose which database is the best choice for your solution. You'll also learn how to migrate your on-premises databases to an AWS-managed database service. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Database – Specialty certification exam.
Created for game producers, developers, and systems operators, this guide can help you master game production in the AWS cloud, including game-specific solution design and operational considerations for hosting games on AWS.
In this guide, architects, developers, data analysts, data engineers, and system operators can learn how to build IoT solutions that connect devices and collect/store data. Then learn to analyze the device data.
Data scientists and developers can learn how to integrate machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) into applications. You'll also learn the tools and techniques for data platform and data science to build ML applications. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty certification exam.
This guide teaches business decision makers, media engineers, and media operators how to use AWS services and create high-quality media experiences, including building live and on-demand video workflows.
For architects, IT administrators, developers and data engineers; Learn to run Microsoft on AWS, migrate MS workloads on AWS Cloud, develop and optimize MS workloads on AWS Cloud.
Learn how to migrate you existing data and application by AWS Migration Services for database, data transfer, and applications migration. Learn the tools and service technologies to simplify and accelerate migrations to AWS Cloud.
This guide teaches architects, developers, and DevOps engineers the AWS global cloud network for every workload. Learn how to design and maintain AWS network architectures that support all AWS services. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty certification exam.
For AWS Cloud security, governance, and compliance professionals. This guide can also help prepare you for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification exam.
Learn to design and build serverless applications using AWS Lambda, API Gateway for Serverless, and integration with other serverless for eventdriven application development. You'll also learn how to secure, scale, and maintain serverless applications.
Learn how to create, manage, and architect highly available storage solutions using AWS storage services. Learn object (Amazon S3), block (Amazon EBS), file (Amazon EFS), and storage technology. You'll also learn data migration and data transfer services.
Ramp-Up Guides by Industry
This guide helps financial services business and tech leaders, developers, and cloud architects explore and learn about the resources available to deploy and scale their business in the cloud. You'll learn about how to deploy and innovate for financial technology leveraging AWS security and compliance features, data lakes and analytics services, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), and grid computing along with further learning and links to webpages, blog posts, and whitepaper resources all in this ramp-up guide.
This guide helps healthcare and life science business leaders, technical leaders, developers, and data scientists who are reinventing healthcare technology and innovation. You’ll learn about how to collaborate, make data driven clinical and operational decisions, enable precision medicine, and decrease the cost of care, all on AWS.
This guide helps communications business leaders, technical leaders, developers, and data scientists who are reinventing communications technology in a 5G world. You’ll learn about how to leverage AWS and the telecom partner ecosystem to build the most advanced and secure cloud infrastructure, setting you on the path to differentiate and cloudify your business.
You Have Reached The End!
I hope you found this post useful and by no means are these guides a complete list to get you fully versed on AWS cloud but its an amazing starting point. Thank you for reading!