Google Acquires AWS Cloud Training Partner Qwiklabs

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 23, 2016

Google Global software company Google, today announced the plans to acquire Qwiklabs, a startup that developed commercially available training courses for public cloud infrastructure services. With the acquisition, Google intends to use Qwiklabs to directly support the Google Cloud. Interestingly, Qwiklabs’s existing portfolio is entirely focused on educating people about offerings from Amazon Web Services, including Alexa skills.

By acquiring Qwiklabs, Google intends to expand the use of its cloud platform and stands to gain when developers and IT professionals get a handle on making applications run in the cloud. The company will create tools to help get people up to speed on the Google Cloud Platform and G Suite productivity service, Jason Martin, the director of professional services for Google Cloud, said in a blog post. For the time being, offerings for AWS will be available, he said. 

“We plan to continue to offer lab learning credits and subscriptions for sale on Qwiklabs.com,” Qwiklabs CEO Enis Konuk said in a blog post. “Owners of existing credits and subscriptions continue to enjoy the same access to our library of hands-on labs. Our partners who deliver instructor-led training sessions and events can continue to do so”, he added.

This move comes after Google acquired Synergyse earlier this year. That technology has since been incorporated into Google Apps. However, this isn’t the first time the tech titan has bought an AWS-focused cloud company, though. In 2014, Google acquired Stackdriver, a service designed to help people manage the performance of their cloud compute resources. At the time, it only worked with AWS. Now, it handles both AWS and GCP workloads. 

Amazon will likely have to find a new education partner to fill Qwiklabs’ void. In September, the cloud provider announced it would give customers on its Enterprise Support Plan free Qwiklabs credits.

Qwiklabs, founded in 2012, offers step-by-step instructions for using popular cloud services. It also lets users test different use cases and train teams. More than half-a-million users have collectively spent over 5 million hours on the platform.