Compute (SAA-C03)


SAA-C03 Introduction
EC2 Auto Scaling
AWS Auto Scaling Policies
ELB & Auto Scaling Summary
7m 37s
AWS Outposts
SAA-C03 Review
Compute (SAA-C03) Introduction
2h 49m

This section of the Solution Architect Associate learning path introduces you to the core computing concepts and services relevant to the SAA-C03 exam. We start with an introduction to the AWS compute services, understand the options available and learn how to select and apply AWS compute services to meet specific requirements. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of AWS compute services such as EC2, ECS, EKS, and AWS Batch
  • Understanding how load balancing and autoscaling can be used to optimize your workloads
  • Learn about the AWS serverless compute services and capabilities

Hello, and welcome to this course on compute in AWS, where we’re here to help you on your journey to prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification. Before we get started, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Danny Jessee, and I am one of the trainers here at Cloud Academy, specializing in AWS – Amazon Web Services – and AWS certifications.

In this course, the AWS team will be presenting a series of lectures that introduce the various compute services currently available in AWS that may be covered on the exam. Feel free to contact me with any questions using the details shown on the screen, or 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.

This course has been specifically curated to help you pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam and is ideal for anyone who is looking to learn more about the various compute services in AWS in preparation for the exam.

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to compute services in AWS for solution architects, including:

  • Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2;
  • The Elastic Container Service, also known as ECS;
  • The Elastic Container Registry, or ECR;
  • The Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes, known as EKS;
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk;
  • AWS Lambda; and
  • AWS Batch.

We’ll also introduce the concept of Elastic Load Balancing, along with the different types of load balancers you can provision within the AWS Cloud. We’ll discuss EC2 Auto Scaling and see how it works together with Elastic Load Balancing to help you build robust, highly available web applications. And finally we’ll discuss options for on-premises hybrid cloud architectures using AWS Outposts.

Together with the other courses in this learning path, we’ll cover all of the key tools, technologies, and concepts from the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam guide and ensure that you are fully prepared to sit this exam.

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification has been designed for anyone who has experience designing cloud solutions that use AWS services to meet current and future business requirements, as well as architectures that are secure, resilient, high-performing, and cost-optimized in accordance with the AWS Well-Architected Framework. All of the AWS Cloud concepts introduced in this course will be explained and reinforced from the ground up.

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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.

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