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Learning Alibaba Cloud in 7 Days

May 7, 2018

Last month I received an email from Alibaba Cloud offering $300.00 in credits to try their services. So, I went to their website, created an account and posted a real credit card. Then I stopped - I did not even play around in the console. I realized that I did not have time at that point to learn about Alibaba Cloud because I was just too busy with work.

Today, I received an email from Alibaba that included a section about Training & Certification. The special is titled "Learn How to Manage and Operate a Cloud Server and Get Certified by Alibaba Cloud for Free". My spare time is much better today than last month and I like free training and even better free certification: Operate and Manage a Cloud Server.

About 15 minutes into the course, I came up with the idea of "Alibaba Cloud in 7 Days". This will be a blog type journal recording my time, thoughts and experiences with Alibaba Cloud - from a professional AWS architect with more than 10 years of experience with AWS and Azure and more than 35 years in total IT and software development experience.

I am not sure how many total evenings I will invest in Alibaba Cloud or even if I can do it every other day (I will also need an evening in between to create this content), but I plan to learn most of Alibaba Cloud services. I plan to compare Alibaba Cloud to AWS and point out differences, weaknesses and strengths.

Why am I willing to invest in Alibaba Cloud? Very simple, today you must think globally, and China is a market that cannot be overlooked. If I spend 20+ hours learning the basics of Alibaba Cloud, this is small compared to the many thousands of hours that I have spent studying and mastering AWS and Azure. Besides, I find it fun to just learn something new. Also, my other half is Chinese, so I am always exposed to Chinese culture at home.

Please note that from May 7 to May 15, 2018 this will be a work in progress. I will be learning how to use Alibaba Cloud so I may go back and improve individual pages as I progress.

Please contact me via email to make suggestions to improve this content. Please include the subject: "Alibaba Cloud Journal".


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