Introduction to Cloud Computing on Amazon AWS for Beginners

Learn Cloud Computing concepts and AWS Basics. Master AWS fundamentals and hands-on skills on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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What you will learn

Learn general cloud computing concepts

Learn the basics of Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Gain an understanding of the fundamental systems on which the cloud is based

Develop hands-on skills using core Amazon Web Services (AWS) services

Build knowledge from beginner level to advanced concepts


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).

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

Section 2 - The Building Blocks of Cloud Computing

Gain an understanding of the fundamental systems on which the cloud is based, including:

  • Computer architecture

  • Client / server computing

  • Storage concepts: block, file, and object

  • IP addressing and subnetting basics

  • Networking: routers and switches

  • Databases

  • Server virtualization

  • Docker containers

  • Application programming interfaces (APIs)

Section 3 - Introduction to Cloud Computing

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)

Section 4 - Demystifying Cloud Computing Architecture

Complex cloud computing architecture concepts are made easy for you to understand:

  • Stateful vs stateless services

  • Scaling up vs scaling out

  • Load balancing

  • High availability and Fault tolerance

  • Loose coupling

  • Monolithic vs microservices architectures

  • Event-driven architectures

Section 5 - AWS Basics

In this section you'll learn the basics of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and setup your free tier account:

  • AWS Global Infrastructure

  • AWS Pricing

  • Setting up a free tier account

  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Cloud networking - Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

  • Cloud computing security - security groups and network ACLs

  • AWS Public and Private services

Section 6 - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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)

  • 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)

  • Amazon DynamoDB

Section 9 - Automation on AWS

Learn how to automate deployment and management on AWS:

  • Deploy infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation

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

Section 10 - DevOps on AWS - Creating a Code Pipeline

  • Build a continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline

  • Use AWS CodeCommit, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeStar

Section 11 - Content Delivery and DNS Services

  • Use Amazon Route 53 for DNS resolution and domain registration

  • Use the Amazon CloudFront content delivery network (CDN)

Section 12 - Containers and Serverless Computing

You'll learn about Docker containers and serverless computing:

  • Using AWS Lambda functions

  • Microservices (Docker Containers) on Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)

Section 13 - Application Integration and Loose Coupling

Implement loose coupling best practices with AWS services:

  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)

  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)

Section 14 - 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.


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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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Introduction to Cloud Computing on Amazon AWS for Beginners
Introduction to Cloud Computing on Amazon AWS for Beginners
Introduction to Cloud Computing on Amazon AWS for Beginners
Introduction to Cloud Computing on Amazon AWS for Beginners


Welcome and Course Download

About you instructor

Important Udemy Instructions

Course Download - Code, Files, and Slides

The Building Blocks of Cloud Computing

Basic Architecture of a Computer

Servers vs desktops and laptops

Client - Server Computing

Hard Drives - HDDs and SSDs

Storage - block vs file vs object

IP Addressing Primer

Networking - Routers and Switches

Networking - Firewalls


Server Virtualization

Docker Containers

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Legacy IT or Traditional IT

What is Cloud Computing

Example Cloud Application Deployment

Launching Cloud Services

Cloud Computing Service Models

Cloud Computing Deployment Models

Demystifying Cloud Architecture

Stateful vs Stateless Services

Scaling Up vs Scaling Out

Load Balancing

Fault Tolerance

Loose Coupling

Monolithic and Microservices Architectures

Event-driven Architecture

AWS Basics

Amazon Web Services Overview

AWS Global Infrastructure

AWS Pricing

Setup your AWS Free Tier Account

Create a Billing Alarm

IAM Overview

Create IAM user and group

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Security Groups and Network ACLs

AWS Public and Private Services

Install the AWS Command Line Interface

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon EC2 Overview

Launching an Amazon EC2 Instance

Connecting to Amazon EC2 instances

Create a Website using User Data

Using Access Keys with EC2

Using IAM Roles with EC2

Scale elastically with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

Create a Target Tracking Scaling Policy

Add load balancing with Amazon ELB

AWS Storage Services

AWS Storage Services Overview

Create and Attach EBS Volume

Instance Store Volumes

EBS Snapshots and AMIs

Create Amazon EFS Filesystem

Amazon S3 Create Bucket and Make Public

Working with S3 Objects from the AWS CLI

AWS Databases

Amazon RDS Overview

Create Amazon RDS Multi-AZ

Add an Amazon RDS Read Replica

Install Wordpress on EC2 with RDS Database

Amazon DynamoDB

Automation on AWS

How to deploy infrastructure using AWS CloudFormation

Create simple Stacks with AWS CloudFormation copy

Create complex Stack with AWS CloudFormation

Deploy an application using AWS Elastic Beanstalk

DevOps on AWS - Creating a Code Pipeline

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

AWS CodePipeline with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Create AWS CodeStar project

Content Delivery and DNS Services

Amazon Route 53 Overview and Routing Policies

Register domain using Route 53

Create Amazon CloudFront distribution with S3 static website

Add an SSL/TLS certificate and Route 53 Alias record

Containers and Serverless Computing

Docker Containers on Amazon ECS

Serverless with AWS Lambda

Application Integration and Loose Coupling

Amazon SNS and Amazon SQS

AWS Lambda to Amazon SQS Event Source Mapping

Serverless application - Amazon SQS, SNS, and Lambda

Get Certified on AWS

The AWS Certification Paths

Bonus Lesson: Coupon Codes for our other courses


Harsh12 October 2020

I really liked the knowledge, content and the pace of the instructor. The course covers all the necessary new topics/tools (in just about enough detail to get a basic understanding/purpose) that are in demand in any enterprise software development. Moreover the instructor covers these topics in a very good pace (not too fast, not too slow). Would definitely recommend to new junior/mid level professionals out there.

Vinay11 October 2020

If you are a bigginer to AWS then please go throgh with this course. Very understandable way of teaching. Thank You...

Shanmuga11 October 2020

The course starts from the basics of a computer and I like that approach of teaching i.e. from known to unknown.

David9 October 2020

Great course. Highly detailed and in depth. I won't use all of the concepts initially but the exposure to them will help greatly in my new role with Cloud services. Thanks!

Dumisani7 October 2020

Good presentation. My only gripe is that Windows approach is not adequately covered and the teaching assistant always refers you to AWS documentation to read and figure out and this can prove to be very frustrating. I have done several courses at Udemy and good lectures always show both the Mac and Windows approach on video.

Darrin5 October 2020

Great introduction to AWS and Cloud Computing basics. Excellent hands on approach helps to fully understand the concepts.

Amine3 October 2020

it's a well balanced course, the presentation is simple with great example, to someone who want to solidify the basics of cloud computing it was a good help. Coming from Azure it shows the similarity to AWS.

Martha1 October 2020

Neil does a good job of balancing between explaining the concepts and hands on work on the AWS Console. Highly recommend this class.

Reid30 September 2020

Great course. I started with only a light familiarity with AWS and now feel comfortable in the admin console. The production and audio on this course is very good, and the teaching content is top notch. Thanks for offering.

Christopher30 September 2020

I am about 60% done and this is a great course to start my journey of becoming certified in AWS. I have Cisco certifications but I wanted to extend my ability to be hired for multiple positions. This is definitely worth every second spent watching.

Alberto29 September 2020

Excelente curso, muy bien explicado y no se necesita tener conociemientos avanzados en IT para entender todo lo que comprende el curso, recomiendo ampliamente.

Mara29 September 2020

As a non-techie I never thought I would ever say that I'm enjoying a course about cloud computing, but here I am! The teacher does a wonderful job of breaking down complicated concepts, and the slides add even more clarity to the lesson. Best course I've taken so far on Udemy.

Chandra25 July 2020

Great instruction and really informative. This is a great course for gaining an understanding of what cloud computing is and how it works. Also teaches lots about AWS from simple stuff to difficult subjects, always delivered in an easy to understand format. Thanks for an amazing introduction to cloud computing and AWS!

Marie25 July 2020

Thorough discussion of cloud computing concepts. I'm learning a lot of new stuff and getting to grips with AWS is fun

Carlo25 July 2020

Best course on Udemy for learning about cloud computing and AWS. Great slides and very clear and easy to understand


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