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Is A Cloud Guru courses are worth paying?

dlim322dlim322 Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello All,

AWS or cloud computing is very very very new to me, but I am trying to change my career from InfoSec to clouding.
I need some help. I am trying to study and prepare for AWS certs, including;

Certified Solutions Architect - Associate 2017
Certified Developer - Associate 2017

I saw from A Cloud Guru these pay courses training and decided to post to hear some feedback from you. I don't even know where I should start with when it comes down to studying material. When I saw A Cloud Guru, I thought it courses seems pretty good.

So, please help me!!! If you have taken Guru courses, let me know how did you like it.

Thanks guys!!!

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    cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
    Make sure you search here. Tons of post regarding ACG and even a great comparison with Linux Academy offerings.
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    MagmadragoonMagmadragoon Member Posts: 172 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I have used both sources. A Cloud Guru has much better practice tests than Linux Academy. The content is pretty much the same but A Cloud Guru main focus is Amazon Web Services. They are more likely to update they material faster than Linux Academy.
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    DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    A Cloud Guru is great if you wanna get an AWS cert.
    Linux Academy is great too. But if your main focus is AWS instead of general cloud or Systems Admin, go w/ A Cloud Guru. Linux Academy has a much more complete and varied offering tho.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
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    DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    DoubleNNs said:
    A Cloud Guru is great if you wanna get an AWS cert.
    Linux Academy is great too. But if your main focus is AWS instead of general cloud or Systems Admin, go w/ A Cloud Guru. Linux Academy has a much more complete and varied offering tho.
    W

    Thanks for the heads up.  Our company is moving from Streamsets pipelines to AWS and we will be expected to learn that component.  I was looking at Cloud Guru for 468 for a year subscription.  I want to get hands on access to the labs etc...   
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,047 Admin
    Note that the posts in this thread are nearly five years old.  Since then, ACG was acquired by Pluralsight and Digital Cloud Learning is now worth considering for Cloud training too.
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    DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    edited April 2022
    JDMurray said:
    Note that the posts in this thread are nearly five years old.  Since then, ACG was acquired by Pluralsight and Digital Cloud Learning is now worth considering for Cloud training too.
    It looks like the plural sight one has labs and environments you can get into and lab.  The other one looks like it's strictly to pass a certification.  Am I reading this wrong?
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,047 Admin
    edited April 2022
    I do not believe that DCL has online labs like ACG does. Other than that they serve the same purpose of Cloud training. What's different is the presentation styles.
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    UnixGuyUnixGuy Mod Posts: 4,566 Mod
    Just to refresh, A Cloud Guru acquired linuxacademy and I believe they become the gold standard for cloud training, people swear by their quality.
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    scascscasc Member Posts: 462 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Yep pretty much what @UnixGuy has stated - the gold standard for cloud training. Cant go wrong with them apparently so I have heard. 
    AWS, Azure, GCP, ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, TOGAF, SABSA, EC-Council, Comptia...
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    DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    UnixGuy said:
    Just to refresh, A Cloud Guru acquired linuxacademy and I believe they become the gold standard for cloud training, people swear by their quality.
    Thanks for the heads up.  I'm in integrations and we are moving into the AWS world, like full blown.  Too the point we actually have some of their AWS engineer co-locating and working directly on our projects.  I don't like to cert to cert, but if it aligns with a task I am doing I have motivation to get into that piece of it.  Just looking at the cloud practitioner for now.  
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    scascscasc Member Posts: 462 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Pass over CCP and go straight for the SA - Associate. Will give you the foundational skills required. CCP more for business/sales/marketing folks. If you have the background in AWS then you can go for Security speciality. 
    AWS, Azure, GCP, ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, TOGAF, SABSA, EC-Council, Comptia...
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    DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    scasc said:
    Pass over CCP and go straight for the SA - Associate. Will give you the foundational skills required. CCP more for business/sales/marketing folks. If you have the background in AWS then you can go for Security speciality. 
    Thoughts on which training I should go after for data pipelines, data engineering, and ELTs?  Can I skip the basics and just go after those?
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    scascscasc Member Posts: 462 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Are you well versed in AWS? Do you know database types, connectivity options etc etc? 
    AWS, Azure, GCP, ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, TOGAF, SABSA, EC-Council, Comptia...
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    DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    scasc said:
    Are you well versed in AWS? Do you know database types, connectivity options etc etc? 
    AWS, no not at all.   Database types, oh yeah, that's what I do for a living.  I am an integration architect / analyst and work with engineers to move data around our company from one system to another.  This includes sourcing from relational databases, NoSQL and API connectivity, JSON, AVRO, XML and other file formats...  
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    scascscasc Member Posts: 462 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Go for the SA-associate to get to grips with the AWS environment. From there specialise in the data speciality and you will be way on your way. The SA-associate covers a number of database aspects and types you can deploy (SQL, Postgress, MySQL, Aurora etc etc). Also covers a great amount of info to understand the setup, stack deployment and connectivity to the database layer (via security groups/NACL's, restricted IP etc etc). 
    AWS, Azure, GCP, ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, TOGAF, SABSA, EC-Council, Comptia...
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    DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Member Posts: 2,753 ■■■■■■■■■■
    scasc said:
    Go for the SA-associate to get to grips with the AWS environment. From there specialise in the data speciality and you will be way on your way. The SA-associate covers a number of database aspects and types you can deploy (SQL, Postgress, MySQL, Aurora etc etc). Also covers a great amount of info to understand the setup, stack deployment and connectivity to the database layer (via security groups/NACL's, restricted IP etc etc). 
    Is there one specific training to learn this material?  I went on amazons website and purchased the cloud practitioner but don't see one training for the assc SA.  Is it multiple trainings that make it up?
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    scascscasc Member Posts: 462 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Either get the subscription to acloudguru and it covers the whole thing (one stop shop) or get the all in one book for the SA-associate. Acloudguru updates its materials regularly so even if you wanted to do say the data or security speciality its all covered in the subscription. 
    AWS, Azure, GCP, ISC2, GIAC, ISACA, TOGAF, SABSA, EC-Council, Comptia...
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