AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C02)

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C02)

Authors: Ben Piper, Mike Erickson, Michael Brown, Dustin Brimberry

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification is one of the most in demand certifications today. In this path, you’ll learn in depth the components that make up... Read more

What you will learn

  • Creating architecture that highlights reliability, performance, security, and cost.
  • How to take the exam itself.

Pre-requisites

This path and the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam is intended for learners with roughly one year of experience on AWS.

Design Resilient Architectures

This section aligns to "Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures" in the SAA-C02 exam. In this section you'll practice designing and implementing resilient architectures on AWS.

Architecting for Reliability on AWS

by Ben Piper

Jun 23, 2020 / 2h 44m

2h 44m

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Description

Architecting for reliability is all about making sure your cloud-based applications are not only available a certain percentage of the time, but that they’re also performing well. In this course, Architecting for Reliability on AWS, you’ll learn how to implement highly available application architectures on AWS. First, you'll learn how to lay the security foundation of your AWS environment. Next, you'll discover how to implement scalable, resilient virtual networks using VPCs, and use CloudFormation to automatically deploy a multi-tier application. Finally, you'll explore how to implement multi-region architectures using Route 53. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to utilize AWS architecture in the real world.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Architecting for Availability
  3. Setting up Your AWS Environment
  4. Building Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Networks
  5. Automated Deployments with CloudFormation
  6. Multi-region Applications with Route 53

Design High-Performing Architectures

This section aligns to "Domain 2: Design High-Performing Architectures" in the SAA-C02 exam. In this section you'll practice designing with performance as the main focus on AWS.

Architecting for Performance Efficiency on AWS

by Mike Erickson

Jun 2, 2020 / 3h 21m

3h 21m

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Building applications that take full advantage of the features of running in the cloud can be difficult. In this course, Architecting for Performance Efficiency on AWS, you will gain the ability to make architectural choices to select and implement whichever AWS service will provide the performance your chosen application requires. First, you will learn to review and select the appropriate AWS service. Next, you will understand the importance of automating the creation of your environment to support experimenting with different services. Finally, you will explore how to create a monitoring strategy to identify opportunities to improve the performance of your architecture while the solution is in use. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of AWS performance options needed to design and grow architectures to meet your stakeholders' needs. To benefit from this course, you will need an AWS account.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding the Design Principles
  3. Considering Compute Performance Options
  4. Reviewing Storage Performance Options
  5. Examining Database Performance Options
  6. Evaluating Network Performance Options
  7. Preparing to Improve Your Architecture
  8. Monitoring Your Architecture
  9. Understanding the Trade-offs

Design Secure Applications and Architectures

This section aligns to "Domain 3: Design Secure Applications and Architectures" in the SAA-C02 exam. In this section you'll practice designing specifically for security on AWS.

Architecting for Security on AWS

by Ben Piper

Mar 9, 2020 / 4h 13m

4h 13m

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AWS security architects need to understand how to build security into every AWS deployment at every level. In this course, Architecting for Security on AWS, you’ll learn how to secure your data and your AWS services and resources at multiple levels using a defense-in-depth approach. First, you'll learn how to protect your AWS credentials using identity and access management. Next, you'll see how to capture and analyze logs using CloudTrail, CloudWatch, and Athena. Finally, you'll learn how to implement network and instance security, encrypt data at rest and in-transit, and set up data backup, replication, and recovery. After finishing this course, you'll be ready to granularly control access to your AWS resources.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Protecting AWS Credentials
  3. Capturing and Analyzing Logs
  4. Protecting Network and Host-level Boundaries
  5. Protecting Data at Rest
  6. Protecting Data in Transit
  7. Configuring Data Backup, Replication, and Recovery

Design Cost-Optimized Architectures

This section aligns to "Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures" in the SAA-C02 exam. In this section you'll practice designing specifically for cost-optimization on AWS. At the end of this section you'll also focus on what to expect when taking the exam, how to prepare from here, and you'll hear some tips that will help you succeed on your test!

Make Cost-Optimized Decisions on AWS

by Michael Brown

Aug 3, 2020 / 1h 29m

1h 29m

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It is easy to let costs run away from you when working in the cloud. Understanding what you are spending on each AWS service is vital for you and your organization. In this course, Make Cost-Optimized Decisions on AWS, you’ll learn to work with AWS services to reduce your costs.

First, you’ll explore:

  • S3 storage classes
  • AWS compute
  • database services
  • and how you can make decisions that maintain performance while reducing costs
Next, you’ll discover tools that you can use to estimate and monitor your AWS spending.

Finally, you’ll learn how to satisfy the requirements of the design cost-optimized architectures domain of the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam.

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of AWS Costs needed to make cost optimized decisions in AWS and to answer questions from the design cost-optimized architectures domain of the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Cost Effective Storage in AWS
  3. Understanding Cost Effective Compute in AWS
  4. Understanding Database Pricing and Cost-optimization
  5. Understanding Cost-optimized Network Architectures
  6. Making Cost-optimized Decisions

Demystifying the AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate Exam

by Dustin Brimberry

Aug 13, 2020 / 3h 30m

3h 30m

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The initial pass rate for the AWS exams is extremely low. This is because students approach the AWS exams similarly to other exams in the IT industry. If you study the way you have for other IT exams, you will likely fail and leave the testing center either angry, confused, or both. In this course, Demystifying the AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate Exam, you will learn foundational knowledge needed to pass the exam. First, you will learn how to develop AWS mastery before even thinking of taking the exam. Next, you will discover the aspects of the AWS exam blueprint and review key information in the blueprint to breakdown the exam. Finally, you will explore how to apply your knowledge of AWS to decipher the exam by reviewing best practices and exam strategies. When you're finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of AWS cloud architecture needed to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Achieving AWS Mastery
  3. Crushing the Exam (delete)
  4. Crushing the Exam

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