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Becoming an AWS Cloud Architect — Starter

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If you're looking to become an AWS cloud architect, consider this learning path the perfect first step on your journey. We'll cover the fundamentals of the main AWS components and services in order to give you a solid grounding in the platform.

We begin by looking at event-driven and decoupled architectures, as well as how to use the AWS command-line CLI. We then move on to identity and access management (IAM), compute services, and serverless computing. This will give you a solid foundation of how to get up and running in AWS, and thanks to our hands-on labs, you'll also get practical experience in building your own EC2 instances.

We then move on to data management and storage solutions, taking a look at relational and non-relational data services, as well as the various storage, caching, and content delivery options available to you in AWS.

You'll then learn about the networking services essential for any solutions architect, with a focus on Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. To bring the learning path to a close, we'll look at managing between apps and services, monitoring on AWS, and how to deploy and automate your cloud architecture.

This learning path consists of a mix of content including courses, labs, lab challenges, and exams, to ensure you get a well-rounded learning experience in which you'll be able to put your newly acquired skills into practice in real-world, live AWS environments.

Learning Objectives

  • Form a foundation understanding of the main AWS services necessary to begin your transition to cloud architect
  • Learn about serverless computing and how to deploy virtual machines
  • Understand IAM practices and how they can be applied to your AWS environments
  • Obtain a solid understanding of the various data management and storage services in AWS
  • Learn about the networking services in AWS and get a good understanding of Amazon VPC
  • Learn how to deploy, automate, and monitor your cloud environments in AWS

Intended Audience

This learning path is intended for anybody who wants to move into the role of cloud architect and build solutions on AWS.


This is an entry-level learning path open to everybody. However, to get the most out of this content, it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of AWS and of cloud computing in general.


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About the Author
Stuart Scott
AWS Content Director
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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 250+ courses relating to cloud computing reaching over 1 million+ students.

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.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.

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