CBT Nuggets AWS Certified Solutions Architect Architecting for AWS
FORMAT: ISO | RELEASE DATE: 2013/09/02 | RUNTIME: 06H 51M | 1.16GB
AUTHOR: JEREMY CIOARA | LEVEL: BEGINNER
Understanding AWS Certification and How to Get the Most from this Series
Welcome to the AWS Certified Solution Architect: Architecture series! In this opening Nugget, Jeremy discusses the difference between the AWS Foundation and Architecture Series and the pre-requisites to get started. This Nugget wraps up by discussing the best learning techniques you can use to maximize your retention (this is super valuable).
AWS Design: Why use AWS and Global Best Practices
Managing computing resources in the AWS Cloud is a very new skill set in the IT industry. Sometimes it's hard to know where your design should begin. In this Nugget, Jeremy gets you started by unpacking "Global Design Principles." These break down to five reasons you should use the AWS Cloud along with six best-practice principles.
AWS Elasticity: Principles of Elasticity
No, we're not going to talk about socks or gym shorts. This is all about Elastic Computing, the heart of the AWS cloud! This Nugget cleanly defines Elastic Computing and provides four key principles to follow when designing elasticity into your cloud applications.
AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Using Bootstrapping
It's a funny name for a critical concept! Bootstrapping involves automating your individual instances to configure themselves correctly on boot. This Nugget explores the concept and the critical tools (such as cloud-init, ec2config, chef, puppet, etc...) to make it possible.
AWS Elasticity: Understanding and Implementing CloudFormation
A 1,000 servers at the click of a button? Sure! That's what CloudFormation does! In this Nugget, Jeremy breaks down CloudFormation topics (including CloudFormer) and moves into understanding Java Script Object Notation (JSON), which is useful not only for CloudFormation but ALL areas of AWS!
AWS Elasticity: Components of Auto Scaling
AWS Auto Scaling represents the true heart of Elastic Computing: the ability to add and remove resources as needed. This also is one of the features of AWS that supports ONLY command-line configuration. In this Nugget, Jeremy walks through the strategies for setting up your PC for command-line AWS interaction, and then dives into the specific components and configuration of AWS Auto Scaling.
AWS Storage: Elastic Block Store (EBS)
Get ready for a PACKED informational session on Elastic Block Store (EBS)! In this Nugget, you'll learn about EBS facts (size and access limitations, durability, replication), S3 Snapshot considerations, average speed, and IOPS optimization. Who knew there was so much to the Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume?!?
AWS Storage: S3 and CloudFront
If we could write S3 any bigger in this description, we would because that's what 95% of this Nugget covers. Prepare yourself for an S3 overload as Jeremy walks through the properties of S3, S3 permissions mechanisms, and website hosting (think fuzzy bunny). This Nugget wraps up with the concepts and benefits of CloudFront integration.
AWS Security: Understanding Shared Security
AWS has ninja-like security measures for their data centers. Does that mean your data is automatically safe by putting it there? Absolutely not! In this Nugget, Jeremy breaks down the idea of Shared Security and what that means to your AWS-hosted instances.
AWS Security: Using the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
You'll want to get your comfortable chair ready for this KING SIZE Nugget on Amazon VPC! This Nugget breaks down the definition and elements of VPC, and throws in some fantastic demonstrations as well.
AWS Security: Working with IAM
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is the KEY (pun absolutely intended) to your AWS security measure. In this Nugget, Jeremy walks you through the base concepts and configuration of IAM, and even does a video demonstration of Multifactor Authentication (MFA)! Jeremy, however, is much smaller than we thought he was.
AWS Security: IAM Best Practices
Building upon the "Working with IAM" Nugget, IAM Best Practices discusses the role of IAM in hosting user databases, IAM best practices, and IAM JSON authorization policies.
AWS Database: Database Tips
Nearly every major application relies on some type of database to store information. If the database performs poorly, the application as a whole suffers. In this Nugget, Jeremy reviews database foundations (RDB, NoSQL, Managed database) and then gives you tips and considerations to get the most performance out of your AWS-hosted database service.
AWS Cost: Optimizing AWS Expenses
AWS uses a very different cost model than most other IT technologies; rather than massive up-front costs, we use a pay-as-you-go design. However, if you aren’t careful, the “nickels and dimes” being charged add up to a monumental monthly expense. This Nugget focuses on the best practices to control those costs, which translates to DIRECT savings for your organization.
AWS Availability: Designing High Availability in AWS
The original title of this Nugget was “Designing High Availability and Disaster Recovery in AWS.” However, the paradigm-shifting architecture of AWS moves so far away from system outages, Disaster Recovery becomes an appendix to your design rather than the main chapter. In this Nugget, Jeremy discusses how the game-changing methods of AWS HA focuses more on designing a system for 100% uptime rather than what to do when the system goes down.
AWS Migration: Creating a Cloud Migration Strategy
So you’re “sold” on AWS . . . what now? It’s time to get those applications moved over! However, depending on the size of those applications, this could be a monumental undertaking! This Nugget wraps up the series by outlining a “Cloud Migration Strategy” to move your applications into AWS in such a way that provides the biggest potential for success!
Total Series Duration: 06:51:46
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