One of the of the most effective ways to learn a new skill is to leverage your existing experience, learning, and knowledge in that area and build upon it. For example, let’s say you have a fair amount of experience with gardening and now want to learn about vertical hydroponic gardening (quite a craze in the last few years!). To do that, you don’t need to relearn everything you already know about gardening (basics of how plants grow, the amount of sunshine they need, etc.). Instead, you can leverage your existing expertise (gardening) in learning a new skill (vertical hydroponic gardening). The same approach can be applied in learning many new skills, including cloud technologies.
Our customers tell us that they would like to learn more about Oracle Cloud, but don’t want to start from scratch. Our customers (and most of us) are time-constrained. Moreover, many organizations have only recently started experimenting with Oracle Cloud. However, many of them use AWS and/or Microsoft Azure and are familiar with cloud-operating models.
As part of our transferable skills strategy, we are excited to announce two new courses:
The idea behind these two courses is to help you ramp-up to Oracle Cloud faster by building on your existing cloud skillsets, knowledge and experience. These courses are short in length (~3 hours each) and can be completed in 2-3 brief sessions. Moreover, they are available for free to everyone.
These courses are technical and do not include any sales or marketing pitches. Our goal with these courses is to help you get started on OCI quickly, so we compare the core-primitives of OCI with those of AWS and Azure. We compare these core building blocks:
Each of the categories have services and features compared side by side. For example, this slide from the Security Module course compares capabilities around OS and workload protection covering managed Bastions, OS patching, dedicated compute hosts, etc. Throughout the courses, we discuss how AWS and Azure services and features translate to OCI, so you can relate and build upon your existing knowledge.
One of the key challenges we faced was determining how detailed these courses should be. Any competitive discussion can go deep when you start comparing individual features – most of the cloud services have very extensive feature sets. Therefore, for the sake of brevity, we do not cover every individual feature, but do touch on the key similarities and differences.
Each of these categories include OCI services walk-throughs, because it is much easier to understand the product when you see it in action. We also realized this could be the first OCI course many learners would encounter, so we cover many how-to topics:
The idea, quite simply, is to show you how services work in OCI.
Finally, as these courses are technical in nature, we don’t discuss pricing, SLAs, support, or any of the business side of OCI or AWS/Azure. However, we do have webpages where you can learn more about OCI technical differentiation, including SLAs and Pricing: OCI v/s AWS, OCI v/s Microsoft Azure and OCI v/s Google Cloud Platform.
The courses are available here:
If you have an existing OCI tenancy, you can use it to practice the service walkthroughs shown in these courses. If you don’t have an existing OCI account, we recommend that you open an Oracle Cloud Free Tier account in order to run these walkthroughs – for free.
Thanks for reading and good luck with your learning journey!
Rohit Rahi, Vice President, Oracle University, leads Oracle Cloud Infrastructure global delivery, training, and certifications. He has been part of the core team that launched Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in 2016. Previously, he worked at AWS and Microsoft Azure in various roles.