Amazon is launching AWS “Skill Builder” training subscriptions starting at $29/month.

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Amazon AWS is introduction of premium paid subscriptions for individuals and teams looking to improve their cloud computing skills.

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Amazon announces a suite of free cloud skills training products last Novemberone of which was AWS Skills Creator, an online learning center with hundreds of free cloud computing courses. With AWS Upskill Subscriptions, the tech giant is now looking to monetize the offering with monthly subscriptions that unlock a range of additional features and services on top of the basic free training plan.

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Individual subscriptions cost $29/month or $299/year, and they offer three practice exams for those who want to complete the official AWS certification program that the company proposed over the past decade. In addition, subscribers are offered tools such as “design labs”, which are basically hands-on guided exercises covering some of the most common cloud situations – users are provided with an isolated AWS account to complete the exercises.

Group subscriptions, meanwhile, cost $449 per student per year, though big discounts are available. This plan includes a number of enterprise-focused features, such as the ability to assign training exercises, progress reports, and integration with a company’s single sign-on (SSO) provider.

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AWS Skill Builder Subscriptions

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It’s worth noting that each of the so-called “big three” cloud companies has introduced all sorts of training courses over the years in an attempt to sway developers and companies to their respective ecosystems. Mostly, they are basically were free (although there are many premium courses available through third party partnerships), but we’re starting to see the tendency of cloud companies to charge for their existing customers for skills development, which is what Amazon’s latest program is all about. By charging a recurring fee, this can encourage users to place more value on courses and ensure they keep up with their learning, while giving AWS a small boost in revenue.

Google last year introduced Google Cloud Skills Boost to train 40 million people on various aspects of their cloud platform. It was caused by him 2016 acquisition of Qwiklabsand similar to Amazon’s new efforts, he charges $29 or $299 depending on whether the user wants to subscribe monthly or yearly. There is also a group subscription option that appears to be available upon request.

At the very least, all of this helps to underscore how central the cloud has been to the fate of big technologies. Despite the global economic climate and a $2 billion loss, Amazon said last week cloud computing continued to grow strongly, with AWS revenue up 33% year-on-year to $19.74 billion in the second quarter.

But while cloud spending is clearly on the rise, the shortage of IT professionals don’t have to keep upand Amazon hopes its customers will be willing to pay to fix this discrepancy.


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