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How To Train Like A Cloud Guru

By Drew Firment  |  January 16, 2018  |   Enterprise   |  

“See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body.” — Yagyu Munenori


During my journey across the flow of a large-scale enterprise cloud adoption, I discovered that the greatest barrier to mass migrations isn't the engineering challenges - it's the short supply of developers with cloud related skills.

Cloud has gone mainstream, and large companies are now scrambling for trained developers.  Cloud computing skills are essential for modern software shops. 

Your journey toward securing these sought-after skills begins where everyone starts — as a white belt in training.  Similar to the color ranking system of belts awarded in martial arts, the increasing levels of AWS technical knowledge signifies your path toward enlightenment


White Belt 
The White Belt signifies the birth of a seed as it lies beneath the snow in the winter.

An Intro to Cloud Computing is a great place for the student who is thirsting for knowledge and seeking answers to the question,  "What is cloud computing?"

This short introduction is full of excellent material to get you headed in the right direction. The course guides you through the fundamentals of cloud computing, explores the buzzwords,  and begins to demystify the cloud.


Yellow Belt 
The Yellow Belt signifies the first beams of sunlight which shine upon the seed giving it new strength.

Exploring the AWS services will help the yellow belt student obtain the first ray of knowledge and open your mind. Our Introduction to AWS course teaches everything you need to know about the "how" and "why" of AWS. 

This is truly a beginners course. No AWS or programming experience is required. The 1-hour course guides you through the fundamentals of cloud computing with Amazon Web Services, giving you confidence with AWS concepts and terminology.


Orange Belt
The Orange Belt represents the growing power of the sun as it warms the earth to prepare for new growth.

As you start to feel your body and mind open and develop, you should sign-up for an AWS Free Tier account.

  • Once you register and create an AWS account, you can use any of the AWS services for free within certain usage limits.
  • The free tier offers hands-on experience with AWS Services, without the safety net of the lab environment or instruction.
  • Consider applying the learnings from the lab training to create your own personal website using multiple services.


Green Belt
The Green Belt signifies the growth of the seed as it sprouts from the earth reaching toward the sun.

To establish strong roots and a firm foundation, the green belt student should look for opportunities to apply their early learnings. A fun and simple  way is by using your free-tier account to create  a basic Alexa skill.  

Our free Intro to Alexa training course is designed to help anyone learn how to design and program an Alexa skill.  Not only will you learn the fundamentals of creating Alexa skills, you will learn the basics of using Node.JS and fundamental AWS services such as Lambda, DynamoDB, and Simple Storage Service (S3).

Blue Belt
The Blue Belt signifies the blue sky as the plant continues to grow upward. Just as a plant grows taller, a blue belt student moves up higher in rank as knowledge and experience grows.

For students interested in growing their knowledge of the cloud, the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect is the #1 cloud certification for 2 years in a row. This cloud architect certification training is for anyone seeking to learn the major components of Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Given the high rate of speed that AWS delivers new features and services, it’s important that the instructors are subject matter experts and keep their content up-to-date. The certification training provided by Ryan Kroonenburg reflects his expertise and passion for teaching others about cloud computing.


Purple Belt
The Purple Belt represents the changing sky of dawn. As the student undergoes the transition to an advanced level, a purple belt begins to understand the meaning of the black belt.

The AWS Whitepapers and AWS FAQs offer the purple belt student an opportunity to fill in the details and solidify their knowledge before scheduling the certificaiton exam.

The ‘must read’ whitepapers include:


Brown Belt
The Brown Belt represents the ripening of the seed. A brown belt is an advanced student whose techniques are beginning to mature.

To achieve a fuller appreciation of cloud computing, the brown belt student understands the importance of exploring the entire ecosystem of services. For those seeking to expand their changing horizons, A Cloud Guru offers a series of courses on a variety of cloud computing services.

AWS is constantly evolving their platform, with over 1,000 product release each year. To stay current, explore deep-dives into AWS services such CloudFormation, DynamoDB, S3, Application Load Balancers,  Cost Control, Security, and CodeDeploy.

Red Belt
The Red Belt signifies the red-hot heat of the Sun as the plant continues to thrive. Red is a sign of danger, and the red belt is starting to become dangerous with knowledge and abilities.

After passing the AWS Certification exam, a cloud guru is obliged to share learnings with others in the community. As cloud gurus “pay it forward”, their students blossom and grow through the ranks.

Join the discussion forums to help others on their journey, while always seeking opportunities to mentor others in your local community, workplace, or the A Cloud Guru community-sourced publication.

Black Belt
The Black Belt signifies the darkness beyond the Sun as the student seeks more profound knowledge. As the student begins to teach others, new seeds are planted to grow and mature.

At this stage of enlightenment, a cloud guru continually thirsts for new knowledge and seeks to master the emerging practice of serverless architecture. This journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and often leads to Serverlessconf.

“If you have attained mastery of swordlessness, you will never lack for a sword.” —Yagyu Munenori

The journey of a cloud guru is a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment.


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