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This section provides detail on the AWS management services relevant to the Solution Architect Associate exam. These services are used to help you audit, monitor and evaluate your AWS infrastructure and resources.  These management services form a core component of running resilient and performant architectures. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of using AWS CloudWatch and audit logs to manage your infrastructure
  • Learn how to record and track API requests using AWS CloudTrail
  • Learn what AWS Config is and its components
  • Manage your accounts with AWS Organizations, including single sign-on with AWS SSO
  • Learn how to carry out logging with CloudWatch, CloudTrail, CloudFront, and VPC Flow Logs
  • Understand how to design cost-optimized architectures in AWS
  • Learn about AWS data transformation tools such as AWS Glue and data visualization services like Amazon Athena and QuickSight

Let's talk about reports. Reports can be super, super, super useful. For example, in this case, I build a specific view for EC2 instances running in Frankfurt, in the EU region on a monthly base, like on a base for December, in this case. And because I wanna use this view more often, I can save it as a report. And to do this, I just click here on save as. I give this one a title, EU-EC2. I save it, and that's it.

By clicking here, on recent reports, I can see this report. Or I can just go under report overview and see all the reports that I have here. The reports with a lock here are default AWS reports, and the one without a lock are my own reports.

Some of the AWS reports can be pretty useful. For example, what I use quite a lot is the RI utilization and coverage, or the savings plan utilization and coverage, that basically shows you how effective or efficient your reservations are.

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.