Amazon Web Services Quick Start

Are you wanting to take the advantages of Cloud computing, but don't know where to start?

This is a one-day intensive, hands-on course designed to get you going on Cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS) with a minimum of fuss.

Why Cloud?

Many companies have found it very beneficial to move some - or even all - their applications to the Cloud. They gain from such benefits as

  • pay-as-you-go pricing - use a server for an hour, only pay for it for an hour
  • scalability - use more computing capacity when you need it, don't pay for it when you don't
  • reduced maintenance - let someone look after hardware and some systems administration tasks for you
  • reliability - used correctly, Cloud allows you to build more resilient systems
  • security - use the tools available for increasing the security of your systems.

Why Use Amazon Web Services?

AWS is the world's largest supplier of Cloud computing services. A large number of different services can be accessed via the web-based AWS Console.

Why This Course?

This course is based on our experience of helping clients get going with Cloud computing. It is suitable for you if:

  • You want to understand how to start with Cloud computing, or
  • You know you want to use Cloud, but would like a grounding in using AWS,
  • You feel overwhelmed by the wealth of services on offer, and would like a practical introduction.

It is a fully practical course and will take you through from signing up for an Amazon account (or you can use one of our test accounts) through to using the range of key AWS services.

Course Objectives

Using the AWS Console attendees will:

  • Work with the key infrastructure services, including:
    • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
    • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
    • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
    • Auto Scaling Groups
    • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
    • Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
  • See the key concepts of identity and security in action, including using AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM)
  • Work with AWS database services, including Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Use AWS management tools, including Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Trusted Advisor.

Course Outline

  1. Sign up for Amazon Web Services
  2. Take a tour of the AWS Console
  3. Infrastructure Services
    • Create an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
    • Deploy a Linux or Windows EC2 virtual machine into the VPC
    • Look at Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volumes and Snapshots
    • Create Auto Scaling groups and use an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) to route traffic to multiple machines
    • Upload and download files from Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  4. AWS Identity & Access Management in action
    • Create users, groups, policies and roles
  5. AWS database services
    • Use the DynamoDB Javascript Shell to work with DynamoDB
    • Connect a sample application to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
  6. AWS management tools
    • Use Amazon CloudWatch to set-up alerts
    • View basic AWS Trusted Advisor reports and see how they relate


  • Working knowledge of IT infrastructure concepts
  • Familiarity with basic networking concepts
  • Familiarity with basic IT security concepts

When and Where

This course can be run as an on-site course at your location for up to 8 people. It can also be combined with our Amazon Web Services Next Steps as a 2 day course.

It will also be available in Cambridge, U.K. at dates through 2017 (yet to be announced).

For details please email