Amazon Web Services Core Concepts

This learning path will cover business and Amazon Web Services (AWS) basics, architecting for the cloud, pricing and optimization.

Prerequisites: Your manager’s approval and general IT technical knowledge.

Disclaimer: To comply with university policies and requirements, there may be tools, services and access permissions mentioned in the assigned courses that are not available through the Ohio State AWS service.


Section 1: Business Basics (Required)

Choose one of the following Soft Skills for Technicians courses:

  • Management Foundations, LinkedIn Learning – 2h 59m
  • Business Writing Principles, LinkedIn Learning – 1h 32m
  • Developing Your Emotional Intelligence, LinkedIn Learning – 1h 10m
  • Efficient Time Management, LinkedIn Learning – 1h 58m


Section 2: Amazon Web Services Basics (Required)

This section leverages the LinkedIn Learning learning path and other resources.

Learning 1: Learning Cloud Computing: Core Concepts - 1 hour

Migrating to the cloud? Get a general overview of cloud computing, including cloud security, operations, and services such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Office 365.

Learning 2: Learning Cloud Computing: Cloud Storage - 1 hour 

Learn the basics of cloud storage, including how to plan cloud storage, estimate costs, and secure storage instances.

Learning 3 Amazon Web Services Essential Training - 5 hours

Learn about using Amazon Web Services (AWS)n as your cloud-based infrastructure solution.This course covers cloud concepts and best practices, implementation, automation, optimization, security and server set-up.

Learning 4: Cloud Architecture: Core Concepts - 1 hour 

Bolster your cloud computing skillset by getting up to speed with the fundamentals of cloud architecture. Learn about the business and technical requirements of building a strong architecture, cloud parts, how to build your first architecture, and more.

Learning 5: Planning an AWS Solution - 1 hour

Get up to speed with one of the most popular and powerful cloud solutions on the market—Amazon Web Services (AWS). Learn about using AWS for big data work, bringing IoT solutions together with the AWS IoT platform, and more. 

Learning 6: Amazon Web Services: Enterprise Security - 2 hours

Implement Amazon Web Services (AWS) securely. Learn how to configure AWS Identity and Access Management for users and groups and prepare for account audits.

Learning 7: Amazon Web Services: High Availability - 2 hours

Build out a highly available, resilient application using the tools in Amazon Web Services. This course shows how and explains high availability (HA) concepts.

Learning 8: Amazon Web Services: Controlling Cost - 2.5 hours

Learn how to use AWS tools and best practices to understand, forecast, and control Amazon Web Services (AWS) service costs.

Learning 9: Required Supplemental Resources

All resources in this section are required reading or viewing.

  • What is Cloud Computing in AWS (YouTube Video) – 1 hour
  • Overview of AWS Services (Whitepaper)
  • Architecting for the Cloud (Whitepaper)
  • AWS Well-Architected Framework (Whitepaper)
  • How Pricing Works (Whitepaper)
  • Explore the AWS Blog 


Section 3: Deeper Dive (Select One)

  • AWS Well-Architected Framework
  • AWS Resources by Use Case or 10 Minute Tutorials (Select Two)
  • Optimizing for Cost (Sections 2 & 3): Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the most widely used cloud platforms, and the go-to for many organizations looking to reduce costs by adopting a cloud infrastructure strategy. This course starts by examining cloud concepts and best practices. Next, it walks individuals through how to design infrastructure to prevent failure. Then, users will discover how to implement elasticity with automation, and strategies to decouple application components. Then, learn how to optimize for performance and for cost. Last, put concepts into practice by setting up the server-based architectures for a web application in addition to implementing a serverless approach using AWS API Gateway and Lambda.


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