Compute Fundamentals of AWS for Cloud Practitioner

To be properly prepared for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, understanding the fundamentals of AWS is critical. The Compute category of services are key resources that allow you to carry out computational abilities via a series of instructions used by applications and systems. These resources cover a range of different services and features including:

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • Auto Scaling
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS Lambda

This course will provide the fundamental elements of all of these compute services and features that will allow you to select the most appropriate service for your project and implementations. Each have their advantages by providing something of value that’s different to the others, which will all be discussed.

Learning Objectives

By the time you complete this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the basic functions that each service performs within a cloud IT environment
  • Recognize basic components and features of each compute service
  • Understand how each service utilizes the benefits of cloud computing, such as scalability or elasticity

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, it is recommended that you have a general understanding of basic cloud computing concepts.


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- [Stuart] Hello, and welcome to this course where I shall cover the fundamentals of compute resources offered by Amazon Web Services, AWS. Compute is a large element of the AWS infrastructure, and it's likely to be one of the first service types that we will use. There are a number of other foundation services that AWS is built upon, compute being one of them, in addition to storage, database, and network.

This course will focus on compute resources. To learn more on the fundamentals of the other foundation services, please see our other AWS fundamental courses covering storage, databases, and networking. As this is a beginners' course, I will cover all compute elements from the ground up, ensuring you have a full understanding of each service and feature discussed.

Before we start, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Stuart Scott. I am one of the 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 using the community forum where one of our cloud experts will reply to your question. This course has been designed for anyone with an interest in AWS looking to learn about the different compute fundamentals of the platform.

This is a beginners' course, and so if you are new to AWS and are looking to understand what compute is and the resources and services that are classed as compute, then this class is for you. Feedback on our courses here at Cloud Academy are valuable to both us as trainers and any students looking to take the same course in the future. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, it would be greatly appreciated if you could use the comment section found on the landing page of this course. That brings us to the end of this lecture. Coming up next, we are going to answer the question, what's is compute in AWS?

About the Author
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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.