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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Authors: Mike Pfeiffer, Ben Piper, Fernando Medina Corey, Mike Erickson, 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, operational excellence, 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.

Beginner

In this section you’ll learn about the reliability and security topics that comprise the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

Architecting for Reliability on AWS

by Mike Pfeiffer

May 16, 2018 / 3h 34m

3h 34m

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Description

Learn how to implement a highly available and reliable application architecture using the patterns and best practices recommended by AWS. In this course, Architecting for Reliability on AWS, you will first explore the key concepts and core services of AWS. Next, you will follow along step-by-step to implement a real-world application that is built with the reliability principles defined within the AWS Well Architected Framework. Finally, you will learn how to further increase the reliability of an application architecture on AWS by implementing multi-region solutions. By the end of this course, you will have a variety of AWS architecture skills for the real world.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Course Introduction6m
  3. Key Concepts and Core Services41m
  4. Architecting for Availability and Fault Tolerance31m
  5. Architecting Reliable Virtual Networks45m
  6. Architecting a Multi-tier Application38m
  7. Minimizing Risk with Deployment Automation33m
  8. Architecting Multi-region Solutions17m

Architecting for Security on AWS

by Ben Piper

Sep 6, 2018 / 4h 8m

4h 8m

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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 Overview1m
  2. Protecting AWS Credentials52m
  3. Capturing and Analyzing Logs52m
  4. Protecting Network and Host-level Boundaries53m
  5. Protecting Data at Rest39m
  6. Protecting Data in Transit23m
  7. Configuring Data Backup, Replication, and Recovery25m

Intermediate

In this section you’ll tackle how cost is calculated and charged by AWS, and some of the things you can do to make sure you are considering the cost of your designs when they are implemented and when they begin to scale. You’ll also learn about the operations best practices that will help you to make sure your solutions runs excellently.

Architecting for Cost on AWS

by Fernando Medina Corey

May 10, 2019 / 5h 5m

5h 5m

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Effectively cost-optimizing cloud applications is a challenge for every organization. In this course, Architecting for Cost on AWS, you will gain the knowledge you need to design cost-effective applications. First, you will learn how to avoid common cost-optimization pitfalls with case studies from cloud-adoption failures and success stories. Next, you will discover design patterns to architect applications to match the supply and demand of cloud resources to reduce wasted spending. Finally, you will explore how to develop ongoing cost awareness and optimize your cloud costs over time. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge required to architect cost-optimized applications on AWS and to optimize existing AWS applications.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. AWS Cost Optimization Basics53m
  3. Tooling and Resources for Cost-effectiveness on AWS1h 23m
  4. Supply and Demand Design Patterns1h 20m
  5. Developing Cost Awareness1h 7m
  6. Optimizing Cost Over Time18m

Architecting for Operational Excellence on AWS

by Ben Piper

Mar 28, 2019 / 3h 20m

3h 20m

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Operations in the cloud are fast and frequent, requiring broad knowledge of many AWS services. In this course, Architecting for Operational Excellence on AWS, you will gain the ability to automate many common operational tasks. First, you will learn how to leverage CloudFormation and EC2 Auto Scaling. Next, you will discover how to integrate CodeCommit, CodeDeploy, and CodePipeline into your operations. Finally, you will explore how to implement configuration management using AWS Systems Manager, CloudWatch Events, and AWS Config. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of AWS needed to achieve operational excellence.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Automating Infrastructure Builds Using CloudFormation39m
  3. Advanced CloudFormation Concepts39m
  4. AWS Developer Tools: CodeCommit, CodeDeploy, and CodePipeline51m
  5. AWS Systems Manager34m
  6. CloudWatch Events and AWS Config33m

Advanced

In this section you’ll consider the performance of your solutions, and you’ll learn how to make decisions between different solutions for performance’s sake.

Architecting for Performance Efficiency on AWS

by Mike Erickson

Mar 1, 2019 / 3h 18m

3h 18m

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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 Overview1m
  2. Understanding the Design Principles13m
  3. Considering Compute Performance Options32m
  4. Reviewing Storage Performance Options30m
  5. Examining Database Performance Options30m
  6. Evaluating Network Performance Options22m
  7. Preparing to Improve Your Architecture27m
  8. Monitoring Your Architecture22m
  9. Understanding the Trade-offs17m

Demystifying the AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate Exam

by Dustin Brimberry

May 17, 2019 / 2h 2m

2h 2m

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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 Overview2m
  2. Achieving AWS Mastery38m
  3. Crushing the Exam1h 21m

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