Architecture Fundamentals of AWS for Cloud Practitioner


Course Summary

In addition to the many services covered on the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, you should be familiar with concepts and best practices designed to help AWS users succeed with cloud computing, and understand how AWS structures its services across the globe.

This course begins with a lecture covering the different types of AWS global infrastructure, which includes regions, availability zones, edge locations, and regional edge caches. What we’re talking about here is AWS data center hardware, and how it is organized around the world. Understanding how AWS organizes its infrastructure, how AWS infrastructure works, and how to use it to your benefit is essential AWS knowledge.

Next, we discuss the AWS’ Well-Architected Framework, a set of best practices established by experienced AWS solution architects. To be clear - knowledge of how to technically configure well-architected solutions is outside the scope of the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. However, you should be familiar with the fundamental best practices of cloud architecture, which we will introduce in this course.

Finally, we discuss basic techniques for disaster recovery. There are well-established methods for restoring AWS services, in the unlikely event of an outage. This course will not discuss the step-by-step process of disaster recovery, which is addressed in other courses. This course will provide an overview of each different method, and how each one balances the competing business needs of high availability and cost optimization.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how the different components of AWS global infrastructure work, and can impact AWS cloud solutions
  • List and describe the five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework
  • Summarize the standard disaster recovery methods, and how a business would select a method based on its service needs

Intended Audience

This course is designed for:

  • Anyone preparing for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • Managers, sales professionals, and other non-technical roles


Before taking this course, you should have a general understanding of basic cloud computing concepts.


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Hello, and welcome to this course, focusing on some of the fundamental elements of the AWS architecture and best practices.

Before we start, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Stuart Scott, I am one of trainers here at Cloud Academy specializing in AWS, Amazon Web Services. Feel free to connect with me with any questions using the details shown on the screen. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy by sending an email to where one of our Cloud experts will reply to your question.

As a pre-requisite of this course, you should have a basic knowledge and awareness of Cloud Computing. If you need additional knowledge in this area, then we do have an existing course entitled, "What is Cloud Computing?" for you to view.

The content within this course will be beneficial to anyone looking to sit the AWS certified Practitioner exam, Storage and backup analysts, and Cloud architects and administrators.

The course is comprised of the following lectures.

  • AWS Global Infrastructure. This lecture looks at how the AWS infrastructure is connected. Focusing on the different elements that enable it to span the globe.
  • Disaster Recovery. This lecture will dive into the different backup and restore models that are often used within AWS to cater for different recovery time objective and recovery point objective time factors.
  • The Well Architected Framework. Within this lecture, I'll look at what the AWS Well Architected Framework is, and how it can be used to deploy successful solutions across your AWS environment.
  • And then finally, a Course Summary. And here I shall pull out the key points from each of the previous lectures to summarize the course

By the end of this course, you will be able to distinguish between the different components of the AWS Global Infrastructure. Including regions, availability zones, and edge locations. You will also be able to select the appropriate backup strategy when planning your DR and business continuity plans to fit within your requirements. And you'll understand the five pillars that make up the "Well Architected Framework," and how to use these within your deployment solutions.

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That brings me to the end of this lecture. Coming up next, I will be introducing you to the different components of the AWS Global Infrastructure.

About the Author
Learning Paths

Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.