Get Started with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Why AWS Through Technology Services?

AWS accounts through the University offer an educational discount of 11% off the retail prices listed in the AWS Pricing Calculator. The University is not charged for network traffic out to the Internet (egress waiver) as long as this cost does not exceed 15% of the overall bill.

Using AWS

Is AWS right for your project?

We’re always available to sit down and discuss whether AWS is a good fit for your unit’s needs, design solutions, or take feedback on how we can improve.

How do I get AWS access?

When requesting AWS access through Tech Services, you will need a University CFOP and contact info for your billing/business office and IT support staff.

Support and Documentation

Get help from AWS experts

All university AWS accounts have Enterprise Support. Open a case through your AWS account to get direct help from AWS experts.

Illinois Help Articles

Tech Services has articles and instructions to help you or your IT staff connect AWS with Illinois-specific technologies.

AWS Documentation

Amazon has a library of documentation and user guides for each of the services within AWS.

AWS Resources for Instructors

AWS Educate is an offering from AWS for teaching courses using AWS accounts. It offers educators a special portal for managing AWS accounts, and each student can have their own AWS account. AWS completely funds the accounts, and there is no bill back to departments. It is separate from the normal university AWS account system.

AWS educators get $200 in credit per course, and students get $100 in credit per course.

Learn more about the program and apply for access.

AWS Self-Paced Training and Certifications

AWS offers 3 primary paths for certification: Solutions Architect, Developer, and Systems Opperations. Each of these areas have two tiers of certification. Associates, which are intended for Intermediate (1-2 years experience) skill levels and Professional, which are intended for advanced skill levels (2+ years experience).

Solutions Architect

AWS Solutions Architect certification is intended for anyone with experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

Learn more about the AWS Solutions Architect exam and free resources available.

Developers

AWS Developer certification is intended for anyone with hands-on experience developing and maintaining an AWS-based application.

Learn more about the AWS Developer exam and free resources available.

Systems Operations

AWS SysOps Administrator certification is intended for system administrators in cloud operations roles to validate technical skills.

Learn more about the AWS SysOps Administrator exam and free resources available.

Specialty Certifications

In addition to that there are five advanced specialty certifications for specific topics: