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Solutions Architect Associate Level Certification for AWS (2016)


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Effectively organizing your AWS resources
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There is no cloud service provider that comes even close to the depth and range of Amazon's AWS services, and there's no provider that can compete with the sheer size of Amazon Web Services. With an AWS Solutions Architect Associate level certification, you'll have the administration skills that are in heavy demand in an exploding market...and the credentials from the market leader to prove it.

This course - completely updated for 2016 by Cloud Academy's AWS Cloud expert Eric Magalhães - should be taken as part of the full Solutions Architect Associate Level Learning Path - 2016 edition. The courses included in that path will provide you with the foundations you'll absolutely need to work with AWS, while the videos in this course will take you to the level of Solutions Architect.

The AWS Foundation courses of the Learning Path are there to make sure that you're comfortable using and understanding the basic AWS services in the areas of Compute (EC2), Storage (S3, Glacier), Database (RDS, DynamoDB), and Networking. But this course will focus more on the practical application of Amazon's major strengths. Therefore, you will cover:

  • Organizing your AWS resources using VPC endpoints, and controlling access through IAM users, groups, and roles.
  • Automated and managed deployment services like CloudFront, CloudFormation,and Elastic Beanstalk.
  • Application services like SNS, SES, SQS, and SWF that can closely integrate all the parts of an AWS infrastructure.
  • Key design principles to leverage AWS tools like auto scaling, multiple availability zones, and load balancing to create more secure, reliable, and efficient applications.
  • Eric will also discuss the AWS Solutions Architect certification itself and how it can be mastered, along with some thoughts about Amazon Web Services itself: the role it plays in the modern world of applications and what it can add to the quality of the services you offer to the world.

Do you have questions on this course? Contact our cloud experts in our community forum.


Welcome to CloudAcademy's Solutions Architect Associate level course updated for 2015. Besides preparing you for the solutions architect associate level exam, these videos will also introduce you to all the skills you'll need to make effective use of Amazon's wildly popular, the insanely profitable Amazon Web Services platform. The more than 40 resources that make up AWS are deeply integrated and designed to provide just about everything you could need to launch and maintain your own web and data management services. So join us for what should be a very exciting and enriching experience.

This course is primarily aimed at individuals who already have experience in IT, whether in traditional server room deployments or through some form of virtualization. Since the cloud is becoming such a huge part of the delivery of computing services, you probably want to ensure that you aren't going to be left out of this powerful technology trend. Even if you are already familiar with AWS, you might want to go for certification to formalize and publicize your knowledge. Since passing the Solutions Architect exam is not a simple thing, you might want to take this course just to make sure you're not missing any important skills and knowledge.

So why are so many people, including some of the world's biggest technology businesses, switching to AWS? The biggest consideration might be the fact that in many cases you can save a great deal of money by purchasing only exactly the resources you really need when you need them, rather than in a server and support hardware to handle what you estimate to be your peak demand. It's the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud that makes it so perfectly suited for the sudden shifts in demand and function in modern deployments. And contrary to what you might think, when you carefully follow AWS best practices for your cloud projects, you will probably end up with more secure infrastructure than what you might now have in your local server room. That's because, as good and smart as you may be, you'll never be able to compete with the kind of investment and attention Amazon has poured into its security tools.

AWS has data centers spread across the entire world. That means that you have the ability to base your resources geographically close to your users, reducing wait times for delivery. It also means that you can distribute your infrastructure across multiple availability zones and even regions to reduce the effects of an local disruptions or failures. Beyond that, if regulatory compliance requires that you locate data in a particular region, the odds are that AWS will be able to provide you with what you need.

According to this magic quadrant, which utilizes the ability to execute and completeness of vision, of all the key players in the cloud computing industry, AWS is the hands-down leader in every respect. What does this mean for you? If you're going to make the investment of some sort of cloud technology, you will probably want to focus on the platform with the weight of market leadership. AWS divides its many services into categories like compute, storage, and analytics.

All the key tools you'll need can be assessed from this menu, which is almost constantly changing. You should make a point of regularly visiting the What's New page on the AWS website at AWS.amazon.com/new to get a feel for how fast this already dominant platform is growing. Why should I take the exam? As we mentioned just a moment ago, you should definitely want to be a part of the AWS generated breakthrough in technology and connectivity. Every new service that Amazon rolls out just seems to work. While there may be some exceptions, the ecosystem as a whole functions brilliantly. More importantly, the better AWS gets at what it does and the more businesses and providers who move their infrastructure into the Amazon cloud, the more professional solutions architects they're going to need to run it all, and there's no reason that one of those shouldn't be you.

Think what having an AWS solutions architect certification will mean in the highly competitive job market. When I last looked, searching LinkedIn for AWS returned more than 18,000 results. The number of positions opening up for all kinds of AWS professionals are only going to grow. I'll bet that this is more than enough to motivate you to dive right into the task. Let's get started.

About the Author
Eric Magalhães
DevOps Consultant

Eric Magalhães has a strong background as a Systems Engineer for both Windows and Linux systems and, currently, work as a DevOps Consultant for Embratel. Lazy by nature, he is passionate about automation and anything that can make his job painless, thus his interest in topics like coding, configuration management, containers, CI/CD and cloud computing went from a hobby to an obsession. Currently, he holds multiple AWS certifications and, as a DevOps Consultant, helps clients to understand and implement the DevOps culture in their environments, besides that, he play a key role in the company developing pieces of automation using tools such as Ansible, Chef, Packer, Jenkins and Docker.