AWS (Amazon Cloud) Essentials


Amazon Web Services (AWS) also known as Amazon Cloud has completely transformed the way we build infrastructure.

This course will teach popular AWS components and services.  We will talk about how to build services on top of AWS and how to transform existing infrastructure on the AWS cloud.

This course is designed from a practitioner’s perspective.  It aims to provide practical, working knowledge of AWS so students can be productive in the environment.

What you will learn

  • AWS services overview
  • Elastic Compute (EC2, Elastic Load Balancing (ELB))
  • Storage (S3, EBS, Ephemeral, EFS)
  • Account, User management
  • Networking (VPC, Firewall rules)
  • Databases (RDS, Redshift)
  • NoSQL (DynamoDB, Redis)
  • Beanstalk
  • Services (Route 53 DNS, Simple Queue Service (SQS) ,  Simple Email Service (SEs))
  • Monitoring with Cloudwatch


2-3 days (depending on coverage)


Architects, developers, administrators.


Experience and background in software development and administration

Lab environment

Amazon EC2 environment will be provided to students for labs and practice. Students would need an SSH client and a browser to access the cluster.

There is no need for students to get their own AWS account for this class.

Course Contents

AWS Introduction

    • AWS ecosystem overview
    • Services available
    • Use case examples
    • Build a couple of scenarios on AWS
    • Understand the migration path from on-premise to Cloud

Elastic Compute (EC2)

    • EC2 concepts: AMI, Instance
    • Machine storage: Ephemeral, EBS, S3
    • Networking: VPC, public IPs
    • Security groups
    • Spot instances
    • Available machine types and costs
    • Creating custom machine images
    • Labs :


    • Understand various storage options
    • Snapshots and backups with EBS
    • Storage benchmarks
    • Labs

Amazon S3

    • Using S3 as durable cloud storage
    • Creating buckets, files
    • Permissions and access rules
    • Labs

Accounts and User Management

    • Root account
    • IAM users
    • Setting permissions and roles
    • Access audit


    • Security groups
    • Subnets
    • VPC
    • Routers and Gateways
    • Private, public IP addresses
    • Controlling access via rules
    • Labs


    • RDS Intro
    • Available database choices
    • Security
    • Scaling datastore
    • Backup and failover
    • Hardware and capacity planning
    • Labs


    • DynamoDB
    • Redis

Elastic Beanstalk

Beanstalk overview and concepts

    • Designing a Beanstalk application
    • Scaling


    • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
    • Simple Email Service (SES)

CloudWatch monitoring

    • Overview
    • Configuring Cloudwatch
    • Setting up alerts