AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate: A Study Guide

  • Increases marketability to employers
  • Provides solid credentials in a growing industry (with projected growth of as much as 70 percent in five years)
  • Market analysis shows it is the highest paying AWS IT certification in 2020

AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate Study Guide: What is a Learning Path?

  • Video courses provide guided lectures on key areas of the exam, with examples.
  • The Hands-on Labs provide direct access to AWS services to help you put theory into practice.
  • A preparation exam gives you the opportunity to assess your knowledge and readiness before taking the real exam
  1. Design Resilient Architectures (30%)
  2. Design High-Performing Architectures (28%)
  3. Design Secure Applications and Architectures (24%)
  4. Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (18%)

Using the Learning Path

How long will it take?

Where to focus your time

Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures — 30%

  • AWS Global Infrastructure (Regions, Availability Zones, Edge Locations, Regions Edge Caches)
  • Multi-tiered architectures within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon CloudFront
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity strategies
  • Decoupled and event-driven architectures
  • AWS storage services

Domain 2: Design High-Performing Architectures — 28%

  • Auto-scaling and application and network elastic load balancers
  • Amazon EC2, ECS, and Elastic Beanstalk
  • Storage performance with the Elastic File System and Amazon S3 features
  • VPC Networking components: Subnets/ENIs/ENA’s/NACLs/Security Groups/NAT Gateways/ Bastion hosts/VPC Endpoints/VPN/Direct Connect/Transit Gateway/AWS Global Accelerator
  • AWS Databases
  • High availability across Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Aurora
  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX)

Domain 3: Design Secure Applications and Architectures — 24%

  • Deep dive on AWS Identity & Access Management
  • Amazon Cognito for web & mobile security
  • AWS Organizations — Service Control Policies (SCPs)
  • Protecting application with AWS WAF, Firewall Manager, and Shield
  • Understand AWS logging mechanisms
  • Audit, monitor and evaluate with AWS Config and AWS CloudTrail
  • Data encryption using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures — 18%

  • AWS storage costs across Amazon S3, Glacier, EFS, Storage Gateway, AWS Backup
  • Savings plans and reserved instances for compute instances
  • Cost optimization across the network infrastructure

Putting it all together

  • Watch and rewatch the videos (and post your questions as comments — we will respond!).
  • Take your time in each Hands-on Lab to get comfortable with the different services in AWS.
  • Finally, explore the AWS documentation links in the content provided.

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