In this video, get tips about working with a cloud service while learning. Learn how to use the free tier and be sure to shut down and delete services when done.
- [Instructor] As you begin to work on learning the skills that you'll need for having a successful career, working with the public cloud, I have a number of tips that you should keep in mind. The first tip is, as you're studying, while it is important to read the vendor documentation, look at diagrams and examples. There really is no substitute for actually working with the real cloud services. If you are completely new to working with the cloud, what I've seen often work successfully is if you can combine your learning with social good, and what I mean by this is take on a volunteer project or become part of a team that helps to impact a non-profit. In this way, you're out there learning about the new and viable skills and you're helping to impact the world in a positive way. So however you do it, you want to work with actual cloud services. Cloud services, of course, have costs associated with them. Now fortunately, most of the vendors have a pretty generous free tier. So you're going to want to start with that because, of course, you don't want to incur unnecessary costs while you're studying. So you want to understand the free tier services, which services are included, how much service usage you can get, for example, how many minutes or hours of virtual machines or how much data you can store in a cloud-based database. Now, sometimes you're going to need to go beyond the free tier, and again, learning about costs is part of learning about using the cloud. So you really want to take the time to understand the costs that you could incur, even while studying. And importantly, when you're done studying, you want to turn the services off, and usually, also delete the service instances when you are done.