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AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide

Book Description

Validate your AWS skills. 

This is your opportunity to take the next step in your career by expanding and validating your skills on the AWS cloud.  AWS has been the frontrunner in cloud computing products and services, and the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide for the Associate exam will get you fully prepared through expert content, and real-world knowledge, key exam essentials, chapter review questions, access to Sybex’s interactive online learning environment, and much more. This official study guide, written by AWS experts, covers exam concepts, and provides key review on exam topics, including:

  • Mapping Multi-Tier Architectures to AWS Services, such as web/app servers, firewalls, caches and load balancers
  • Understanding managed RDBMS through AWS RDS (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, Aurora)
  • Understanding Loose Coupling and Stateless Systems
  • Comparing Different Consistency Models in AWS Services
  • Understanding how AWS CloudFront can make your application more cost efficient, faster and secure
  • Implementing Route tables, Access Control Lists, Firewalls, NAT, and DNS
  • Applying AWS Security Features along with traditional Information and Application Security
  • Using Compute, Networking, Storage, and Database AWS services
  • Architecting Large Scale Distributed Systems
  • Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability Concepts
  • Understanding of Network Technologies Relating to AWS
  • Deploying and Managing Services with tools such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks and Elastic Beanstalk.

Learn from the AWS subject-matter experts, review with proven study tools, and apply real-world scenarios. If you are looking to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam, this guide is what you need for comprehensive content and robust study tools that will help you gain the edge on exam day and throughout your career. 

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. About the Authors
  3. Foreword
  4. Introduction
  5. Assessment Test
  6. Answers to Assessment Test
  7. Chapter 1 Introduction to AWS
    1. What Is Cloud Computing?
    2. AWS Fundamentals
    3. AWS Cloud Computing Platform
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Review Questions
  8. Chapter 2 Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier Storage
    1. Introduction
    2. Object Storage versus Traditional Block and File Storage
    3. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Basics
    4. Buckets
    5. Amazon S3 Advanced Features
    6. Amazon Glacier
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Exercises
    10. Review Questions
  9. Chapter 3 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
    1. Introduction
    2. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
    3. Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Exercises
    7. Review Questions
  10. Chapter 4 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
    1. Introduction
    2. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
    3. Subnets
    4. Route Tables
    5. Internet Gateways
    6. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Option Sets
    7. Elastic IP Addresses (EIPs)
    8. Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs)
    9. Endpoints
    10. Peering
    11. Security Groups
    12. Network Access Control Lists (ACLs)
    13. Network Address Translation (NAT) Instances and NAT Gateways
    14. Virtual Private Gateways (VPGs), Customer Gateways (CGWs), and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
    15. Summary
    16. Exam Essentials
    17. Exercises
    18. Review Questions
  11. Chapter 5 Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling
    1. Introduction
    2. Elastic Load Balancing
    3. Amazon CloudWatch
    4. Auto Scaling
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Exercises
    8. Review Questions
  12. Chapter 6 AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    1. Principals
    2. Authentication
    3. Authorization
    4. Other Key Features
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Exercises
    8. Review Questions
  13. Chapter 7 Databases and AWS
    1. Database Primer
    2. Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
    3. Amazon Redshift
    4. Amazon DynamoDB
    5. Summary
    6. Exam Essentials
    7. Exercises
    8. Review Questions
  14. Chapter 8 SQS, SWF, and SNS
    1. Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)
    2. Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF)
    3. Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Exercises
    7. Review Questions
  15. Chapter 9 Domain Name System (DNS) and Amazon Route 53
    1. Domain Name System (DNS)
    2. Amazon Route 53 Overview
    3. Summary
    4. Exam Essentials
    5. Exercises
    6. Review Questions
  16. Chapter 10 Amazon ElastiCache
    1. Introduction
    2. In-Memory Caching
    3. Amazon ElastiCache
    4. Summary
    5. Exam Essentials
    6. Exercises
    7. Review Questions
  17. Chapter 11 Additional Key Services
    1. Introduction
    2. Storage and Content Delivery
    3. Security
    4. Analytics
    5. DevOps
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  18. Chapter 12 Security on AWS
    1. Introduction
    2. Shared Responsibility Model
    3. AWS Compliance Program
    4. AWS Global Infrastructure Security
    5. AWS Account Security Features
    6. AWS Cloud Service-Specific Security
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Exercises
    10. Review Questions
  19. Chapter 13 AWS Risk and Compliance
    1. Introduction
    2. Overview of Compliance in AWS
    3. Evaluating and Integrating AWS Controls
    4. AWS Risk and Compliance Program
    5. AWS Reports, Certifications, and Third-Party Attestations
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  20. Chapter 14 Architecture Best Practices
    1. Introduction
    2. Design for Failure and Nothing Fails
    3. Implement Elasticity
    4. Leverage Different Storage Options
    5. Build Security in Every Layer
    6. Think Parallel
    7. Loose Coupling Sets You Free
    8. Don’t Fear Constraints
    9. Summary
    10. Exam Essentials
    11. Exercises
    12. Review Questions
  21. Appendix A Answers to Review Questions
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction to AWS
    2. Chapter 2: Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier Storage
    3. Chapter 3: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
    4. Chapter 4: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
    5. Chapter 5: Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling
    6. Chapter 6: AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    7. Chapter 7: Databases and AWS
    8. Chapter 8: SQS, SWF, and SNS
    9. Chapter 9: Domain Name System (DNS) and Amazon Route 53
    10. Chapter 10: Amazon ElastiCache
    11. Chapter 11: Additional Key Services
    12. Chapter 12: Security on AWS
    13. Chapter 13: AWS Risk and Compliance
    14. Chapter 14: Architecture Best Practices
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