Part 2 of Databases on AWS Course Now Available

As I announced a few days ago, the second part of the Cloud Academy’s Database on AWS course is now available. The first part Introduction to Databases that we launched just a couple of days ago and focusing on AWS RDS and DynamoDB got an overwhelming success, and I’m sure you’ll like this new episode as well.

In the second part, our instructor will focus on the advanced solutions that Amazon made available for databases, ranging from petabyte-scale data warehouse oriented applications like Redshift to simple services like SimpleDB, an easy alternative to DynamoDB. I think this new part of the Databases on AWS course is a nice addition to the first one and can give you a really excellent overview of the solutions available on AWS for databases.

SimpleDB as an easy alternative to DynamoDB Course

Databases on AWS: Part 2

This new episode of Databases on AWS is split into four different parts, one for each service. We start off with SimpleDB, a NoSQL data store that can be a viable and simpler alternative to the DynamoDB solutions that we have seen in full details in the Introduction to AWS Databases. Next one is Redshift. This is a huge and massive service, aiming at petabyte-scale data warehouse as we have just seen. It’s not easy to get into it, it’s complex and articulated, but the lecture that you will find in this course will provide you a thorough overview to set up your first cluster. And after that, a round of quizzes will help you strengthen your knowledge about Redshift with the learnings that follow each question.

After the huge lecture about Redshift, an easy one to breath a little, with a quick overview of the possibilities available to set up databases on AWS without using dedicated services. Indeed, there are many AMIs dedicated to creating Relational Databases on a standard EC2 instance, so you might want to explore this solution for some specific tasks. Finally, a deep dive into in-memory caching with Elasticache, a Redis- and Memcached-based solution when you need the extra-performance that RAM can give to your application. And again, a final round of quizzes about Elasticache to help you stick in memory everything you’ve learnt so far.

This second part of Databases on AWS really completes the overview about Database services available on Amazon, and is a nice addition to our courses collection, that is growing fast and just reached 30 courses and more than 300 videos. And more good is coming soon to our platform, as you can see from Cloud Academy Upcoming Content, where you can check out what we are working on and also give us hints and feedback if you want: we love to hear from you, so feel free to share!

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Andrea Colangelo

Software Engineer with a solid focus on QA and an extensive experience in ICT. Above all, Andrea has a very strong interest in Free and Open Source Software, and he is a Debian and Ubuntu Developer since years. Non-tech interests include: Rugby, Jazz music and Cooking.


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