Using Amazon Route 53 - Introduction
Using Amazon Route 53 - Introduction

In this section of the AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty learning path, we introduce you to the various design patterns for content distribution and DNS from an AWS networking perspective that are relevant to the ANS-C01 exam.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how to leverage Amazon CloudFront for the usage of a content distribution network (CDN)
  • Explain how Amazon Route 53 is used to design solutions that meet public, private, and hybrid DNS requirements
  • Describe how Route 53 can be used within internet-based architectures to route end users to public-facing applications


The AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty certification has been designed for anyone with experience designing, implementing, and operating complex AWS and hybrid networking architectures. Ideally, you’ll also have some exposure to the nuances of AWS networking, particularly regarding the integration of AWS services and AWS security best practices. Many exam questions will require advanced level knowledge of many AWS services, including AWS networking services. The AWS Cloud concepts introduced in this course will be explained and reinforced from the ground up.


Hello and welcome to this Cloud Academy presentation.  This is Jorge Negrón and I’m part of the AWS Content development team here at Cloud Academy.  

In this course, you will be introduced to Amazon Route 53 and learn how the service helps you register a domain name and manage it worldwide.  Route 53 allows for Domain name registration and Domain Name System or DNS management. Route 53 also implements traffic management by routing internet traffic to the resources for your domain and even check the availability of your resources using health checks to verify they are working as expected. 

Amazon Route 53 uses edge locations in the AWS global infrastructure and it’s a global service. You don’t have to specify a region in configuring Route 53 resources. AWS offers a 100% available SLA for Route 53. This is due to the distributed nature of the DNS system and the high redundancy of the AWS implementation.

Routing policies define how to route internet traffic to the resources in your domain. You can choose from a variety of routing policies including failover routing, and latency routing among others. Route 53’s “Traffic flow” feature allows you to create complex routing configurations, combining one or more routing policies for your resources. 

Route 53’s application recovery controller feature allows you to manage failovers by using routing integrated with health checks and application component verification. 

The Amazon Route 53 Resolver service is for VPCs and integrates easily with DNS in your data center.  You basically configure endpoints for DNS queries into and out of VPCs. 

Finally, Route 53 Resolver DNS Firewall is a managed service for DNS queries that originate in your VPC. You can create rule groups that allow or block specific DNS queries.

In short, with Amazon Route 53 you get a domain name management service with features that go beyond registration and name resolution allowing you to control how traffic is directed globally.

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This course is intended for architects, developers, system operators, and administrators looking for a way to manage domain name servers using AWS.  This course also covers some of the objectives for both the solutions architect associate certification exam and SysOps administrator associate certification exam. 

In this course, you will learn what Amazon Route 53 can do in terms of features and capabilities. You will also be able to understand the routing options and health checks performed by the service.

To get the most out of this course you will need to meet the requirements for the AWS cloud practitioner certification. 

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About the Author
Jorge Negrón
AWS Content Architect
Learning Paths

Experienced in architecture and delivery of cloud-based solutions, the development, and delivery of technical training, defining requirements, use cases, and validating architectures for results. Excellent leadership, communication, and presentation skills with attention to details. Hands-on administration/development experience with the ability to mentor and train current & emerging technologies, (Cloud, ML, IoT, Microservices, Big Data & Analytics).