This document defines labs in Cloud Academy and links to descriptions of the specific kinds of labs. This feature is available to all Cloud Academy users. If you don't already have a Cloud Academy account, you can start a free trial.
What Are Labs
Labs are Cloud Academy's interactive learning tool. While tutorials may tell you or show you information, labs off you practical, hands-on experience. Our labs integrate with live cloud environments, like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
You do not need your own account credentials for the cloud environments to use the labs. When you start a lab, Cloud Academy provisions temporary accounts for the software that you need for the lab, saving you the time, risk, and expense of setting up your own testing accounts.
Cloud Academy offers different types of labs that provide different levels of guidance:
- Playground labs give you access to a cloud environment to explore and experiment. The lab doesn't include any objectives. Instead, it lets you explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answer your own questions.
- Hands-on labs also give you access to a cloud environment, but go further. Hands-on labs provide instructions to take you through a set of steps to demonstrate the functionality of the cloud environment.
- Lab challenges set up a scenario and challenge you to solve a problem. While the other lab types are about getting to know an environment, the lab challenges are about testing your knowledge and putting it into practice.