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This Amazon Web Services video training course with Jeremy Cioara covers the second half of training for the AWS CSA certification, Associate Level....
This Amazon Web Services video training course with Jeremy Cioara covers the second half of training for the AWS CSA certification, Associate Level.

Related area of expertise:
  • Amazon Web Services

Recommended skills:
Recommended equipment:
  • None, but an AWS account is HIGHLY recommended

Related certifications:
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect

Related job functions:
  • AWS solution design
  • AWS implementation
  • IT management
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Architecture course is a "sequel" to the AWS Certified Solution Architect: Foundations course. It picks up assuming students are well versed in AWS technologies and assembles a series of “best practices” that, when put together, allow you to deploy a highly-available, cost-effective, automatically-scaling AWS solution that goes so far beyond “getting the job done,” your organization will wonder how they ever survived without AWS. This paradigm-shifting course will leave you floating on AWS Cloud Nine.
1. Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Course (7 min)
2. AWS Design: Why use AWS and Global Best Practices (29 min)
3. AWS Elasticity: Principles of Elasticity (19 min)
4. AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Using Bootstrapping (31 min)
5. AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Implementing CloudFormation (34 min)
6. AWS Elasticity: Components of Auto Scaling (34 min)
7. AWS Storage: Elastic Block Store (EBS) (30 min)
8. AWS Storage: S3 and CloudFront (31 min)
9. AWS Security: Understanding Shared Security (17 min)
10. AWS Security: Using the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) (47 min)
11. AWS Security: Working with IAM (28 min)
12. AWS Security: IAM Best Practices (15 min)
13. AWS Database: Database Tips (11 min)
14. AWS Cost: Optimizing AWS Expenses (27 min)
15. AWS Availability: Designing High Availability in AWS (24 min)
16. AWS Migration: Creating a Cloud Migration Strategy (19 min)

Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Course

00:00:00

Welcome to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Architecture Series, which is a wonderfully redundantly redundant title, but for good reason. This portion of the series-- this is part two of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect-- focuses on the architecture or design of a world class enterprise scale, highly available, amazing-- I can't think of any more synonyms-- AWS solution.

00:00:25

My goal for this introduction is simple. I really want to give you a bearing on the roadmap, as in here you are here, and here's we're going, and here's how we're going to get there. And then here's how you can get the most from your journey along the way.

00:00:40

The reason I can confidently say this introduction will be short is because it's the same slide set as what I used for the foundation series. So I don't need to talk about what the cloud is, how did the Amazon get into the cloud, the history and all that.

00:00:52

But what I do want to do is take a moment to give you your bearings as to where you're at in the AWS Certification Series. This is the sequel. You right now are in architecting for AWS. So chances are very good that you've already gone through the foundation series.

00:01:07

Now woah, hang on, hang on. Before you hit the close button, be like, OK, I got to go back and take foundation, let me talk about why might you be able to skip this. Why might you be able to jump straight here? I would say if you have a significant background in working with AWS, you may not need the foundation series.

00:01:23

What do I mean by that? I mean you can confidently look at things and go, OK, I know what an EC2 instance is, I know what an EBS volume is. I know how to take an EBS volume and snapshot it into S3. I know what S3 is. I know what a bucket is. I know how to host a website out of a bucket in S3. I know how to assign permissions to the people accessing that website in S3. You know what I mean, right? [MAKES BRAKES SCREECHING SOUND] Let me just dive into everything.

00:01:45

You can confidently look at all of the service offerings, or I can even say most of the service offerings at AWS and say, I know what that is. Maybe I haven't used it yet, but I know what it is. I know what it's capable of. You may be a candidate to skip the foundation series.

00:02:00

All right? Good. OK. So architecting, where this is going to begin is assuming that you have the foundations. You know what the services are. You're familiar with the AWS Management interface. And we can just start diving straight into the best practices, the theme of this series.

00:02:15

How do you put these pieces together in the best possible way? Prerequisites for it. Now like I said, I pulled this slide straight from the foundation series. To get started in the foundations, you need an IT mindset. And I will again put a resounding gong on that-- I don't know why a gong would symbolize it, but we'll go with it-- a resounding, repeated yes on this.

00:02:35

Because there's so many pieces in AWS that assumes, OK, you know what a hard drive is, right? You've been there. You've seen a server. You know some of the advantages of having your own server and all those kinds of things. So an IT mindset is essential. But in addition, I will say the knowledge from the foundations course is necessary to dive into architecting for AWS.

00:02:57

You have that foundation laid. I also wanted to bring this slide up from the AWS foundation series again. Because my recommendations have changed for this series. In the foundation series, my keyword was tinker. Go in there, get an AWS account, throw your credit card in, get a free service tier for a year, and just play around.

00:03:16

Create some DNS records. Spin up an EC2 instance. Create an EBS volume. Just toy around and see what happens with the tools that you have so you can get exposed to the tools. And now I would say, by the time you're in AW architecture, the tinkering is over.

00:03:30

Let's now envision a project for this series. I want you to think about why are you here? Obviously, your company is either using AWS or is considering AWS. Or you just want to know more about AWS because you know it's a marketable skill set that might get you a job.

00:03:47

Regardless of where you are, I need you to think of a project right now that you would like to move into AWS and begin envisioning that throughout this series. Maybe it's something that your company is hosting in their own data center or out of their local corporate offices that you're saying, this would be better placed in AWS.

00:04:06

Maybe your company is not even doing this. Maybe you just think of something personal that you have. For instance, I have a blog. I loosely say that. It's there. I think it's been about a year since I last posted on it. But it's there, a little Wordpress blog that I run out of Bluehost.

00:04:20

If I had nothing better, I would say, OK, I'm going to move that blog into AWS, and I'm going to engineer that thing in the most amazing way. I want my blog to auto scale, so when I get the masses of visitors coming to it because I posted that I ate green beans for dinner last night and everybody wanted to know that, I'm going to be able to auto scale and implement multiple EC2 instances. And then in the evening when nobody's looking at my blog, I can shut those EC2 instances down. I'm going to have redundant DNS.

00:04:45

The reason I'm saying this is because this is a series of best practices. And if you don't have something in mind specifically, it's going to be like good advice. Like your parents when you grow up and they're like, son, you should always look both ways before crossing the-- OK.

00:05:02

Thanks, mom. Thanks, mom. How many things did your parents tell you that you're like, OK, that was good advice, and I have no recollection of that whatsoever, because it didn't apply to something-- I'm sure it did, but whatever. It didn't apply to something practically at hand.

00:05:16

So by creating a project for yourself-- And actually, hand, I just thought of something. At the very end of this series, the last Nugget, at least as it stands right now, there is a Nugget called Migrating Your Applications to the Cloud. I want you to look at that one first.

00:05:33

I know. I even feel wrong recommending it. You can't read the end of the book before the beginning. No, seriously. Look at that. Because that Nugget is geared around how do you do this. OK. I've got this big old whatever at my company. Do I just forklift this thing up to the cloud and make it happen? How do I do that? That Nugget actually goes through here's how you break it down into its different components, line it up to the pieces of AWS that will be able to make that application work in the best possible way.

00:06:03

By starting there, by starting with that Nugget, it's like us Stephen Covey, Seven Habits, begin with the end in mind. Know where you're going, so that then, as you go through the rest of the series and you see these best practices, you're like, sweet. I can do this, this, and this, and that'll help this component of my application even more.

00:06:22

That way, you're already applying the things, the advice, if you will, that you get throughout this series, into a practical project, which just makes it so much more real. So have a yellow pad or blank paper. I always have a little pile of paper sitting by my desk where I can just draw and think.

00:06:40

Humans are tactile creatures. It does not help if you are-- [MAKES BRAKES SCREECHING SOUND] It does not help most people if you have a little Microsoft Word document and you're just typing things as you go, or, worse yet, that you're just in TiVo mode listening or watching.

00:06:54

Sure, you can glean some. But be a tactile creature that you are created to be. Have that piece of paper, have a pen, and as interesting things happen-- it doesn't even matter if it makes sense or not-- put a little bullet, write it down, draw a diagram, say, OK, if I've got my server here and a redundant incident-- Be drawing some of the things that I'm talking about.

00:07:14

Seriously, the more senses that you can engage as you go through this, the less TV-like it is, the better your attention, and the more successful you're going to be at the end of the day. That is it. I just wanted to give you a quick kick-start into the series and give you this project mindset to help you gain the biggest benefit that you can from this series.

00:07:36

This series, it's a blast. This is always my favorite Nugget to record from the series, because it's all done. And this is the last one I do. I can confidently say this has been an amazingly enjoyable series to put together, and I know that you're going to gain a ton from it.

AWS Design: Why use AWS and Global Best Practices

AWS Elasticity: Principles of Elasticity

AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Using Bootstrapping

AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Implementing CloudFormation

AWS Elasticity: Components of Auto Scaling

AWS Storage: Elastic Block Store (EBS)

AWS Storage: S3 and CloudFront

AWS Security: Understanding Shared Security

AWS Security: Using the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

AWS Security: Working with IAM

AWS Security: IAM Best Practices

AWS Database: Database Tips

AWS Cost: Optimizing AWS Expenses

AWS Availability: Designing High Availability in AWS

AWS Migration: Creating a Cloud Migration Strategy

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