Start-up qwikLABS Delivers 100,000 Cloud-based Learning Labs in 2 Weeks for Amazon Web Services' 10 Year Anniversary

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qwikLABS is the Under the Radar Start Up Powering Hands-On Training for Cloud Companies

Technology students took 100,000 hands-on Amazon Web Services (AWS) labs at between March 14 and 31, 2016 as part of the AWS 10- year anniversary celebration. qwikLABS provides a computer lab for everyone, from novice to expert, to get and stay current with cloud technology.

AWS 10 Year Anniversary Inspires Largest Cloud-Based Learning Event Ever
“I strongly believe in the value of continuing education,” wrote the voice of the official AWS blog Jeff Barr as he opened the event. “I discussed this with my colleagues and they have agreed to make the entire set of qwikLABS online labs and learning quests available to all current and potential AWS customers at no charge through the end of March.”

“Two weeks, over 20,000 people, and 100,000 labs,” said Enis Konuk, CEO of qwikLABS. “Imagine what that would look like in a classroom - it would need to be the size of a football stadium. qwikLABS students accomplished this training 100% online.”

Technology students report that hands-on exercises are the most valuable piece of their learning experience. That makes these self-paced labs the future of tech learning. The massive interest in AWS’s free offering of qwikLABS’ programs is proof of the trend. The qwikLABS approach is a direct response to the desire for and value of hands-on practice. The lab platform boils learning down to its essentials. With a qwikLABS lab, students log into the AWS Console (the real Console, not a simulation), sometimes for the very first time, and practice with the tools AWS has to offer.

“We want to challenge the way people learn cloud technologies like AWS,” says Konuk. “We saw a need for self-paced labs, developed as fast as the technology grows. We want people to use our labs to stay on top of new cloud technology.”

The four-year-old company offers on-demand labs for individuals looking for self-paced learning. qwikLABS offers 95+ online labs, including learning paths that guide students through mastery of a skillset. The lab catalog grows constantly. Events like AWS Re:Invent and AWS training programs around the globe rely on the qwikLAB platform.

qwikLABS Responds to Student Demands for Self-Paced Online Labs with Subscription Pricing Model

As evident in feedback from AWS students, technology professionals were enthusiastic about the labs:

“Awesome deal with the free labs, completed 20 labs and 6 Quests within the last 3 days,” says Sriram Rajamani, who snuck in his final labs just under the wire on March 31.

Another student, Harshvardhan Gupta, took advantage of free labs to learn a new skill: “Look mum, I just successfully deployed with AWS OpsWorks!”

In the wake of the AWS ten-year anniversary, qwikLABS is announcing a totally new subscription pricing structure for its self-paced labs. “We saw a big desire for labs with this event, and we’ve been thinking about a Netflix or Amazon-style streaming approach to labs for a while,” says Konuk. “We tested the idea previously and received good feedback from students. The incredible interest in our labs over the last few weeks convinced us to move forward with subscription pricing.” Starting now, students can purchase a monthly subscription for access to the entire AWS lab catalog.

About qwikLABS
qwikLABS arrived in 2012 as the ideal solution for keeping pace with rapid growth and change in the cloud space. Using cloud technology, qwikLAB’s mission is to provide a computer lab for everyone, from novice to expert, to get and stay current with cloud technology. qwikLABS offers labs for numerous cloud tech providers, including AWS, NVIDIA, Red Hat, and more. For more information visit

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