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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a huge player in the cloud computing world, so if you want to become a cloud architect, this Fundamentals of AWS learning path is a great place to start. It's been created especially for beginners and is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the foundational services offered by AWS including compute, storage, networking, database, and identity & access management (IAM). As you work your way through these topics, you'll also have the opportunity to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice thanks to our hands-on labs, which allow you to try out AWS services in a live cloud environment.

But it's about much more than AWS: this learning path will also introduce you to some core cloud principles like distributed storage, concurrent computing, redundancy, and security, which can be applied to any cloud vendor. At the end of the learning path, you will be presented with a Certificate of Excellence.

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the compute services available in AWS and how to launch an EC2 instance
  • Learn about auto-scaling and load balancing in AWS
  • Learn the various storage services offered by AWS and get hands-on experience with both Amazon S3 and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Learn about networking in AWS and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • Get a comprehensive understanding of AWS databases and learn how to create your own RDS database
  • Understand how Identity and Access Management can be used to handle security in AWS cloud environments

Intended Audience

This learning path is designed for anyone interested in taking the first step on their journey into the world of Amazon Web Services.


To get the most from this learning path, make sure you are already familiar with the basics of cloud computing, in particular, infrastructure as a service (IAAS), as well as Microsoft and Linux essentials, including DNS and DHCP, networking essentials, virtualization, and storage. 


  • What is AWS Web Services?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud platform that offers database storage, content delivery, and compute power to personal and business users. Having seen exponential growth in the sector, AWS allows users to build sophisticated applications at a scalable through leveraging AWS cloud products and solutions.

  • How does AWS Cloud work?

Put simply, Amazon Web Services is a collection of Cloud Computing services that allow users to 'rent' their services, creating a seamless approach for many business models. Many allow AWS to run their websites or apps for reasons including cost, storage, efficiency, and security.

  • What are the different types of Cloud Computing?

There are three different types of cloud computing: Software-as-a-Service (Saas), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). These make up the Cloud Computing stack with Software ranked highest, followed by Platform and Infrastructure.


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Learning Path Steps


This course dives into the fundamental elements of AWS compute services, discussing the features and advantages of each one.


By completing this hands-on lab, you will be able to create your first Amazon EC2 instance using the AWS Management Console.


You will learn the steps to launch and configure a Windows virtual machine using Amazon AWS.


This course explains how to implement both ELB and EC2 Auto Scaling and how they work together.


Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals


An explanation of the core components that make up the AWS Global Infrastructure


This course covers the wide range of storage services within AWS, their key features, and when and why you would use them.


Learn to create your first Amazon S3 bucket, create a logical folder for organizational purposes, and upload content to it and set custom metadata using the S3 console


EC2 instances can use multiple storage volumes, learn how to add and manage them using EBS.


Knowledge Check: AWS Storage Fundamentals


This course gives you an overview of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud and its associated networking components.


Learn how to create an isolated network using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)


Knowledge Check: Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC


This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Neptune.


Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 1


This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon Redshift, Amazon QLDB, Amazon DocumentDB, and Amazon Keyspaces.


Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 2


You will learn the steps to create and use the MySQL Relational Database using Amazon RDS.


Understand where your security responsibility starts and ends with the shared responsibility models


This course explains AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM), what it is, and how to implement it.


Knowledge Check: Overview of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)


Final Exam: Fundamentals of AWS

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Andrew is an AWS certified professional who is passionate about helping others learn how to use and gain benefit from AWS technologies. Andrew has worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe.  His favorite Amazon leadership principle is "Customer Obsession" as everything AWS starts with the customer. Passions around work are cycling and surfing, and having a laugh about the lessons learnt trying to launch two daughters and a few start ups.