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AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Crash Course

Chad Smith

Certification can be a valuable distinguishing feature for your resume, and if you’re looking for credibility as an AWS professional, there’s no better place to start than Amazon’s AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. Amazon has just released a new exam so there’s never been a better time to get certified.

Amazon Web Services is a rich collection of compute, storage, database, security, analytics, and other services. For organizations, from SMBs to enterprises, leveraging cloud computing with AWS requires considerable knowledge of many features across numerous services. Furthermore, to leverage AWS in a way that provides security, high availability, cost savings, and other benefits, architects and developers need to understand several key principles and techniques.

This course provides an in-depth review of the topics you’ll find on the AWS Solutions Architect exam as well as a deep dive into technical details, and architectural design considerations for architecting and implementing IT solutions with AWS. This course is fully updated for the exam released February 2018.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • AWS Global infrastructure, network technologies, and security features
  • Key services like EC2, S3, DynamoDB, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, RDS and more
  • Best practices for architecting on AWS
  • Design principles as described in AWS’ “Well-Architected Framework” whitepaper

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and define technical requirements for an application deployed to AWS
  • Manage accounts, users, groups, and credentials
  • Leverage core services offered for compute, storage, database, and other solutions
  • Plan and implement deployments of multi-tier systems into AWS

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to get certified
  • You are are a solutions architect designing systems deployed to Amazon Web Services
  • You are a systems or network administrator responsible for network security
  • You are a developer writing applications that use AWS services like DynamoDB, or S3
  • You are a SysOps or DevOps engineer responsible for deploying applications to AWS
  • You are in a technical role responsible for design and/or implementation of AWS services

Prerequisites

  • A basic understanding of general networking concepts, cloud computing,
  • An in-depth understanding of multi-tier architectural design
  • No materials are required up front

About your instructor

  • Chad Smith has worked in IT for 25 years, starting out as a Linux administrator, progressing through operations, network and security in various roles. He is now the Principal Cloud Architect at Brightkey.cloud. Chad brings a wealth of personal experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design and cloud operations He holds current AWS sysops, security and architecture certifications.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

10min break at the top of each hour

Introduction:

  • Exam Logistics (20mins)
  • Best Practices (10mins)

Resiliency:

  • Overview (10mins)
  • High-availability (90mins)

Performance

  • Overview (5mins)
  • Performance Strategies (60mins)
  • QA (15mins)

Day 2

10min break at the top of each hour

Review/Q&A (10 mins)

Security:

  • Overview (5mins)
  • Access Control (30mins)
  • Detection (20mins)
  • Securing Infrastructure and Data (30mins)

Cost Optimizations:

  • Overview (5mins)
  • Cost-optimizing Strategies (45mins)

Operational Excellence

  • Discussion (30mins)

Exam Strategy

  • Discussion (30mins)
  • Course Wrap Up (10mins)