Weekend at qwikLABS

Got some free time this weekend? (Snowed in? Bracket busted? Or just motivated to master the AWS Cloud?) Take advantage of qwikLABS’ unlimited free AWS lab event (all part of #AWSCloud10) before time runs out (on March 31).

Not sure where to start? If you’re familiar with AWS already and want to skip the intros, check these labs out (while they’re free of charge):

If you are new to AWS, get your first look at the AWS Console in less than 30 minutes with Intro to EC2 – then dive deeper into more complex labs like Building a Media Sharing Website – Part 1.

Does one of these catch your eye? If you’re feeling ambitious, take a look at our Quests (can you earn a badge in a weekend?).

Even if you don’t have time to squeeze in a free lab or two, have a great weekend!

Challenge yourself to a Quest

We noticed a massive jump in Quest selections this week as a result of #AWSCloud10 – so we thought this would be a good time to talk about how qwikLABS Quests work.

Each Quest consists of a collection  of labs that focus on a specific area of AWS organized by technologies, specific services (e.g. Amazon Web Services) and practical use cases.

At the end of a Quest, you get two things:

  • Advanced knowledge of that specific area of AWS
  • A shareable badge to show what you accomplished (for your resume, social media profiles, and more)

The most popular Quest right now? Compute & Networking. Second most popular? Solutions Architect – Associate exam prep.

While we’re celebrating #AWSCloud10, all labs are offered at no cost, so now is the perfect time to take a Quest or two and add to your badge collection (psst, normally the most expensive Quest is Deployment & Management).

Don’t have the bandwidth to finish a Quest between now and the 31st? No worries – there is no time limit on Quests. Enroll in a quest now, take advantage of as many labs as you’re able to (in any order you want) at no charge, then finish at your own pace later (after March 31, you may have to pay for some labs).

What Quest are you taking next?

AWS skills? You’re in demand

Computing clouds are being filled with unimaginable amounts of data. The task of managing this data is critical to tech giants and startups alike. How critical? So critical that the job market is incredibly competitive (and lucrative). It is a good time to be a cloud savvy engineer.

Want to get involved? qwikLABS is the fastest, most direct way to get into Amazon Web Services. Start with our intro labs (some free, like this Intro to EC2!) and build your way up to learning expert-level tools, all with live access to an AWS console and official Amazon curriculum. Earn badges to validate your skills and get ahead in your career.

Browse our catalog, or check out the Big Data Quest and earn your first badge!

Training teams, this one’s for you

People learn new skills every day using qwikLABS for fast, focused training they can trust. That’s great for individual professional development, but what if you’re looking for something more?

That’s where Share Groups come in. qwikLABS gives you a simple way to share and manage training at scale. Say 12 people in HQ need to learn how to deploy on AWS? Or maybe 400 people around the globe need to know how to build a VPC? Create a share group in minutes, and give your team access to on-demand training 24 hours a day anywhere in the world.

Here’s how it works. Your organization can purchase a number of credits (discounted prices are available for bulk purchases), then distribute credits to individuals in Share Groups. Users automatically access qwikLABS credits from your company share group account when they select a lab. Run reports, manage your share group membership, add and remove credits, and watch your users’ progress in your dashboard.