Cloud Cadet Episode 3: An Introduction to Lambda

Welcome to episode three of the Cloud Cadet Podcast. Today we’re joined by our co-hosts, Terry Cox and Anthony James. They’ll be interviewing Linux Academy AWS instructor Christophe, who talks about the relatively new AWS service, Lambda.

Lambda is exciting; you can plug it into mobile and web applications, such as chats, games and more. The way it works is that it removed the need for servers, so you don’t have any of the security and update issues; it’s event-driven code execution. Christophe tells us what that means and how it works. (more…)

Cloud Cadet Episode 2: Advanced AWS Security with Barracuda’s WAF

Welcome to this episode of the Cloud Cadet Podcast. Today, Anthony and Christophe sit down with Linux Academy’s core OpenStack instructor, Stephen. Stephen has been an instructor with us for just about two years. He features our Linux Essentials course (which is where we suggest everyone should start), but today he’s going to be talking a little bit about AWS.

We’re going to set up a web application firewall, specifically, Barracuda’s WAF. Stephen shows you just how easy it is to use the marketplace to spin up the WAF and configure security groups to get it up and running. (more…)

Linux Academy Weekly Roundup #1

If you’ve seen our Live Shows, view our blog, or keep up with our website, you’ll know a lot is going on at the Linux Academy lately, so make things a little more accessible we’ll be making weekly posts rounding up new content, new podcasts, and new features we’ve released this past week. And since we’re a community here at Linux Academy, we also want to use these posts to put the spotlight on our many students who pass their various certifications each week. Check back weekly to see what’s up, what’s new, and who has achieved great things alongside us! (more…)

Cloud Cadet Episode 1: Ansible and AWS

Welcome to the first episode of the Cloud Cadet podcast, brought to you by the Linux Academy. Our goal is to provide you with good how-tos, talk about the current technologies in the cloud, and help you run your cloud to perfection. Meet your hosts, Anthony James, and Christophe.

Anthony is the founder of Linux Academy while Christophe just joined us a few weeks ago and is super excited to keep going. He is the founder and owner of the Scale Your Code podcast, where he interviews all kinds of people from Twitpic, Google, Netflix, and more about the scalability of web performance, web performance, and web security. It is a lot of fun – click here to check it out.

Every episode, we’ll have a guest instructor who’s been working on content for Linux Academy. They talk about what they’ve been doing, the goals behind their courses, and they’ll show us comprehensive step-by-step demos so you can follow in their steps.

All three of them are AWS instructors, so maybe you have an idea of where this is heading: You’ll get a lot of useful knowledge from this show, and you will be particularly interested today if you like Amazon Web Services and Ansible.

We sit down with Terry, who’s been with Linux Academy for about three years. Today he is covering Ansible and the details of using it with AWS. He walks through a quick demo about how to instantiate an EC2 image and explains some of the environmental setup that you have to go through if you are going to use it with AWS. (more…)

Introducing: Cloud Cadet

To bring more ways to learn to Linux Academy, we are pleased to announce our newest frontier: Podcasting. Cloud Cadet will offer listeners how-tos, interviews with our instructors, and information and education on Linux, the cloud, AWS, and sysadmin and devops topics.


Available for free on YouTube or your podcast player of choice, Cloud Cadet is for more than Linux Academy students — anyone can listen, learn, and enjoy! Curious about our instructors and offerings? Cloud Cadet is a good way to sample our content before heading in for the main course or works as a wonderful supplement to our current offerings.

We’ll be kicking things off in high gear this week with three new episodes! Afterwards, Cloud Cadet will move to a weekly schedule for your listening pleasure.

Look for it coming soon!

New Year, New Courses!

With the New Year comes new courses from Linux Academy! Five new AWS courses are now available for all Linux Academy students. Extend your professional knowledge of Amazon Web Services with Ansible and Amazon Web Services, Advanced AWS Security, Lambda Deep Dive, Using the EC2 Container Service, and Docker and Elastic Beanstalk.
Fresh from our Ansible course and curious how to integrate the popular DevOps tool into an AWS infrastructure? Look no further, Instructor Terry provides an in-depth look at how Ansible and AWS can integrate. The course covers basics such as installing Ansible on various Linux distros, creating and managing your environment, AWS resources and modules for Ansible and use cases wherein you can practice creating and optimizing your Ansible Playbooks.
Learn how to protect your AWS infrastructure in Advanced AWS Security. Starting with an overview of the Shared Responsibility Model, this course goes into how to protect your data through a variety of points. Includes information on managing access to EC2 instances and resources, securing data at rest and in transit, network security, key pair usage, security groups, VPC security, flow logs, network ACLs, WAFs, and an IDS and IPS overview. Walk away from this course secure in your knowledge that you can secure a system.
The first course from our newest instructor, Christophe (creator of Scale Your Code) will provide in-depth information regarding AWS Lambda, which allows users to run code without provisioning or managing servers. This course covers Lambda fundamentals, Node.js, and Python Lambda functions, testing Lambda functions, and using Lambda functions in the CLI, with more content to be released!
Discover how to manage a cluster of Amazon EC2 instances with AWS’s EC2 Container Service. Learn about containers, container architecture, user and group setup, security, cluster creation, Docker integration, scaling, troubleshooting, performance metrics, and other skills to keep your clusters highly-available and performing at peak.
In another combo of DevOps and AWS, the Docker and Elastic Beanstalk course will teach students how to set up and configure the container solution Docker on Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services’ solution to deploying and scaling web applications. The course contains introductions to both Docker and Elastic Beanstalk, Docker set up, Elastic Beanstalk set up and CLI configuration, and use case examples where you will use the wizard to set up your “app,” learn the environment, review Elastic Beanstalk command line basics, and more.

Announcing the Linux Academy Mobile App for iOS and Android!

You asked for it, and the Linux Academy is delivering!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a mobile app for all of our users.  Coming February 2016, iOS users will have access to the Linux Academy mobile app via the App Store, with the Android version coming to Google Play by the end of 1Q 2016.  The app will be free for all users, but will require a membership with the Linux Academy to use.


Once logged into the app, students will be linked with their normal account.  Your course progress will be linked across any device that you log in from.  You will also have the ability to begin new courses straight from the app.

View your progress from the app.
View your progress from the app.
All modules are available on the app
All modules are available on the app

Don’t have the ability to stream videos?  Not a problem!  Download and save videos directly to your device for offline viewing!

Steam or download - your choice!
Steam or download – your choice!

In addition to regular courses, you can access nuggets and quizzes as well.  Note: labs are not available on the mobile app.




The mobile app is just another tool that Linux Academy provides for you to have the BEST learning experience on the web for Linux and Cloud training.  Enjoy!