AWS Academy Cloud Foundations is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support.

Who should attend?

Participants with a keen interest in cloud computing and professionals who seek a deeper knowledge and understanding of the fundamental cloud concepts at a foundational level.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will gain a deeper understanding on the following topics:

  • An overview of cloud concepts which includes Cloud Economics and AWS Global Infrastructure.
  • AWS core services which include compute, storage, Amazon VPC and database services, and how these services help organizations to move faster, lower IT costs, and scale.
  • AWS Security capabilities and services which include Shared Responsibility Model, Access Identity and Access Management (IAM), Trusted Advisor and CloudTrail.
  • AWS Architecting with coverage on the Well-Architected Framework and Well-Architected Design Principles, and provides an understanding of Reliability and High Availability.
  • Cloud support with an overview of AWS Technical Support Plans and Costs.
  • Deployment of web application and database on AWS infrastructure.

Entry Requirement

  • General IT business knowledge


Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion upon meeting the 75% course attendance requirement.

For courses with assessment component, participants will be awarded the certification of completion upon passing the assessment. Otherwise, a certification of attendance will be issued instead upon meeting the 75% course attendance requirement.

Course Benefits

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the six advantages of cloud computing and discuss three cloud deployment models
  • Understand the AWS pricing philosophy and the elements of Total Cost of Ownership
  • Understand and discuss the different AWS compute services, AWS storage services, as well as virtual networking in the cloud with Amazon VPC.
  • Provide an overview of different SQL/NoSQL database services, and their availability differences, in the cloud.
  • Understand high availability and reliability and the ability of Auto Scaling to launch servers in response to workload changes.
  • Understand best security practices and describe the AWS Shared Responsibility Model
  • Describe the business impact of design decisions

Course pre-requisite

This is an entry-level course, but students should possess:

  • General IT technical knowledge
  • General IT business knowledge

Course outline

Day 1 – Welcome and AWS Cloud Overview

  • Module 0 – Welcome to AWS Academy
  • Module 1.1 – Cloud Concepts Overview
  • Module 1.2 – Cloud Economics
  • Module 1.3 – AWS Infrastructure Overview

Days 2 – AWS Core Services

  • Module 2.1 – AWS Core Services: Compute
  • Module 2.2 – AWS Core Services: Storage
  • Module 2.3 – AWS Core Services – Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • Module 2.4 – AWS Core Services: Databases
  • Module 2.5 – AWS Core Services: Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling

Day 3 – Cloud Security and Architecture

  • Module 3 – AWS Cloud Security
  • Module 4 – Cloud Architecting
  • Module 5 – Cloud Billing and Support


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