A Cloud Guru from both a student and educator perspective
May 16, 2021

A Cloud Guru from both a student and educator perspective

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy)

We have been using it for both individual self-guided studying as well as for structured study groups where a number of people are working towards a common certification. As far as I am aware, most people use it for working towards a certification rather than bite-sized learning. We have been using it in just our department however it is used in other pockets of the organisation. We find that it reduces the need for supervised or organisation led learning when individuals are new to the cloud.
  • Clear content
  • Wide variety of topics
  • Content is fun in places
  • Cloud playground reduces the need to manage training accounts
  • Hands on labs help to reinforce learning
  • The pace that instructors speak at can be quite variable
  • Quite often, bad practice is taught so that topics can be covered quickly
  • The exam questions are not as hard as the AWS exams or other online platforms
  • Cloud is an increasingly desired skill and therefore having more colleagues skilled in it enables us to accept more work
  • It is cheaper for a more junior colleague to spend a month on A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) than it is for an experienced colleague to give them 1:1 tuition for the same time
A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) was the only platform we evaluated for the vast majority of our cloud training, however we have found other providers are better in certain areas and use them to supplement A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy). For example, TutorialsDojo and WhizLabs both have better quiz systems in my opinion. Both of them present more difficult questions that better reflect the AWS ones as well as giving better feedback.
As a whole, I would say that the quality has been very high - we have had no complaints. Certainly, there is additional learning required to pass certifications but the courses do point you in the direction of these resources. The one area that A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) hasn’t been great is that some topics are rushed through quite quickly and present bad practice in the process. For example, security groups are often provisioned with unlimited access.
We have primarily used it with a reasonable number of graduates who are very new to cloud. Over the 12 or so weeks that they have been using it, they have mostly all got to a stage where they are comfortable working in the cloud and are a long way towards being ready for their AWS Certified Cloud Solution Architect Associate exam.

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I wouldn’t say there are many scenarios where A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) is inappropriate. It has a wide variety of content at different levels of complexity. One area that could be not perfect is if training is required on a service that isn’t supported in the cloud playground. A Cloud Guru (Linux Academy) is perfect for those individuals who want to work towards gaining a certification, however, I think that sometimes it is lacking deep dive courses in some areas.