AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C01) Cert Guide

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C01) Cert Guide

by Anthony Sequeira


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Learn, prepare, and practice for AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C01) exam success with this Cert Guide from Pearson IT Certification, a leader in IT certification learning.

  • Master AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C01) exam topics
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-ending quizzes
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
  • Practice with realistic exam questions

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C01) Cert Guide is a best-of-breed exam study guide. Best-selling author and expert instructor Anthony Sequeira shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

The book presents you with an organized test-preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly. Review questions help you assess your knowledge, and a final preparation chapter guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan.

The companion website contains the powerful Pearson Test Prep practice test software, complete with hundreds of exam-realistic questions. The assessment engine offers you a wealth of customization options and reporting features, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most.

Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

The study guide helps you master all the topics on the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam, including how to

· Design resilient architectures that ensure storage high availability while providing for decoupling mechanisms, multitier infrastructure, and high availability

· Define performant architectures with efficient storage and databases, caching optimizations, and improved elasticity

· Specify secure applications and architectures, encompassing application tiers, data, and networking infrastructure

· Design cost-optimized architectures, addressing both storage and compute

· Define operationally excellent architectures, and understand their characteristics

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789760494
Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Certification Guide Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,196,667
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony Sequeira, CCIE No. 15626, is a seasoned trainer and author regarding various levels and tracks of Cisco, Microsoft, and AWS certifications. In 1994, Anthony formally began his career in the information technology industry with IBM in Tampa, Florida. He quickly formed his own computer consultancy, Computer Solutions, and then discovered his true passion–teaching and writing about information technologies.

Anthony joined Mastering Computers in 1996 and lectured to massive audiences around the world about the latest in computer technologies. Mastering Computers became the revolutionary online training company KnowledgeNet, and Anthony trained there for many years.

Anthony is currently pursuing his second CCIE in the area of Cisco Data Center! He is a full-time instructor at CBT Nuggets.

Table of Contents

Introduction xx

Part I: Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures

Chapter 1 The Fundamentals of AWS 3

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3

Advantages of Cloud Technologies 6

An Overview of Key AWS Services 7

Compute Services 8

Elastic Compute Cloud 8

Lambda 10

Elastic Container Service 11

Elastic Container Registry 12

Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes 12

Fargate 13

Serverless Application Repository 13

Lightsail 13

AWS Batch 14

Elastic Beanstalk 14

Elastic Load Balancing 16

Auto Scaling 16

CloudFormation 17

Application Services 18

OpsWorks 18

CloudFront 18

Simple Queue Service 19

Simple Notification Service 19

Kinesis 19

Database Services 20

Aurora 20

Relational Database Service 20

DynamoDB 21

ElastiCache 22

Redshift 22

Database Migration Service 23

Networking Services 23

The AWS Global Infrastructure 23

Virtual Private Cloud 24

Direct Connect 25

Route 53 26

Storage Services 26

Simple Storage Service 26

Elastic Block Store 28

Elastic File System 29

Glacier 30

Snowball 30

AWS Storage Gateway 31

Security Services 31

Identity and Access Management 31

Web Application Firewall 32

Key Management Service 33

Directory Services 33

Management Services 33

Trusted Advisor 33

CloudWatch 34

CloudTrail 34

Review All Key Topics 35

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 35

Define Key Terms 35

Q&A 36

Chapter 2 Designing Resilient Storage 39

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 39

Designing Resilient S3 Services 42

S3 Storage Classes 42

Lab: Creating an S3 Bucket 44

Lab Cleanup 47

Designing Resilient EBS Services 47

EBS Versus Instance Stores 47

Elastic Block Store 48

Lab: Creating an EBS Volume 48

Lab Cleanup 49

Elastic Block Store 49

Designing Resilient EFS Services 51

Lab: A Basic EFS Configuration 51

Lab Cleanup 53

Designing Resilient Glacier Services 53

Lab: Creating a Vault 54

Lab Cleanup 55

Review All Key Topics 56

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 56

Define Key Terms 56

Q&A 57

Chapter 3 Designing Decoupling Mechanisms 59

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 59

Decoupling Demystified 61

Advantages of Decoupled Designs 62

Synchronous Decoupling 62

Asynchronous Decoupling 62

Lab: Configure SQS 63

Lab Cleanup 66

Review All Key Topics 67

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 67

Define Key Terms 67

Q&A 67

Chapter 4 Designing a Multitier Infrastructure 69

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 69

Single-Tier Architectures 71

Lab: Building a Single-Tier Architecture with EC2 72

Lab Cleanup 74

Multitier Architectures 74

The Classic Three-Tier Architecture 76

Review All Key Topics 78

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 78

Define Key Terms 78

Q&A 79

Chapter 5 Designing High Availability Architectures 81

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 81

High Availability Compute 84

Lab: Provisioning EC2 Instances in Different Availability Zones 85

Lab Cleanup 88

High Availability Application Services 88

High Availability Database Services 88

High Availability Networking Services 91

High Availability Storage Services 92

High Availability Security Services 92

High Availability Monitoring Services 93

Review All Key Topics 93

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 94

Define Key Terms 94

Q&A 94

Part II: Domain 2: Defi ne Performant Architectures

Chapter 6 Choosing Performant Storage 97

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 97

Performant S3 Services 99

Performant EBS Services 101

Performant EFS Services 103

Performant Glacier Services 108

Review All Key Topics 108

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 109

Define Key Terms 109

Q&A 109

Chapter 7 Choosing Performant Databases 111

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 111

Aurora 114

Which DB Instance Are You Connected To? 115

When to Use T2 Instances 115

Work with Asynchronous Key Prefetch 116

Avoid Multithreaded Replication 116

Use Scale Reads 117

Consider Hash Joins 117

Use TCP Keepalive Parameters 117

RDS 118

DynamoDB 119

Burst Capacity 121

Adaptive Capacity 122

Secondary Indexes 122

Querying and Scanning Data 124

ElastiCache 126

Lazy Loading Versus Write Through 127

Scenario 1: Cache Hit 127

Scenario 2: Cache Miss 127

Advantages and Disadvantages of Lazy Loading 127

Advantages and Disadvantages of Write Through 128

What Is TTL? 129

Background Write Process and Memory Usage 129

Avoid Running Out of Memory When Executing a Background Write 129

How Much Reserved Memory Do You Need? 130

Parameters to Manage Reserved Memory 130

Online Cluster Resizing 131

Redshift 132

Amazon Redshift Best Practices for Designing Queries 133

Work with Recommendations from Amazon Redshift Advisor 134

Review All Key Topics 135

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 136

Define Key Terms 136

Q&A 136

Chapter 8 Improving Performance with Caching 139

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 139

ElastiCache 142

Lab: Configuring a Redis ElastiCache Cluster 142

Lab Cleanup 145

DynamoDB Accelerator 145

CloudFront 147

Lab: Configuring CloudFront 147

Lab Cleanup 149

Greengrass 149

Route 53 150

Lab: Creating a Hosted Domain and DNS Records in Route 53 152

Lab Cleanup 153

Review All Key Topics 154

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 154

Define Key Terms 154

Q&A 155

Chapter 9 Designing for Elasticity 157

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 157

Elastic Load Balancing 159

Auto Scaling 160

Target Tracking Scaling Policies 162

The Cooldown Period 163

Review All Key Topics 164

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 164

Define Key Terms 164

Q&A 164

Part III: Domain 3: Specify Secure Applications and Architectures

Chapter 10 Securing Application Tiers 167

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 167

Using IAM 169

IAM Identities 171

Securing the OS and Applications 173

Security Groups 174

Network ACLs 175

Systems Manager Patch Manager 175

Review All Key Topics 176

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 177

Define Key Terms 177

Q&A 177

Chapter 11 Securing Data 179

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 179

Resource Access Authorization 181

Storing and Managing Encryption Keys in the Cloud 182

Protecting Data at Rest 183

Decommissioning Data Securely 184

Protecting Data in Transit 185

Review All Key Topics 185

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 185

Define Key Terms 186

Q&A 186

Chapter 12 Networking Infrastructure for a Single VPC Application 190

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 190

Introducing the Basic AWS Network Infrastructure 193

Lab: Checking Default Networking Components in a Region 194

Network Interfaces 198

Route Tables 199

Internet Gateways 201

Egress-Only Internet Gateways 201

DHCP Option Sets 202

DNS 202

Elastic IP Addresses 203

VPC Endpoints 204

Interface Endpoints (Powered by AWS PrivateLink) 204

Gateway Endpoints 205

NAT 205

VPC Peering 206

ClassicLink 206

Review All Key Topics 207

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 207

Define Key Terms 207

Q&A 208

Part IV: Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures

Chapter 13 Cost-Optimized Storage 211

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 211

S3 Services 214

Lab: Estimating AWS S3 Costs 214

Lab: Implementing Lifecycle Management 216

Lab Cleanup 218

EBS Services 218

EFS Services 218

Glacier Services 219

Lab: Changing the Retrieval Rate in Glacier 220

Lab Cleanup 221

Review All Key Topics 221

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 221

Define Key Terms 221

Q&A 222

Chapter 14 Cost-Optimized Compute 225

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 225

Cost-Optimized EC2 Services 227

Lab: Using the Cost Explorer 228

Lab: Creating a Billing Alarm 230

Cost-Optimized Lambda Services 231

Review All Key Topics 233

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 233

Define Key Terms 233

Q&A 233

Part V: Domain 5: Defi ne Operationally Excellent Architectures

Chapter 15 Features for Operational Excellence 235

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 235

Introduction to the AWS Well-Architected Framework 237

Prepare 239

Operational Priorities 239

Design for Operations 239

Operational Readiness 240

Operate 241

Understanding Operational Health 241

Responding to Events 241

Evolve 242

Learning from Experience 242

Share Learnings 242

Review All Key Topics 242

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 243

Define Key Terms 243

Q&A 243

Part VI: Final Preparation

Chapter 16 Final Preparation 245

Exam Information 245

Getting Ready 248

Tools for Final Preparation 249

Pearson Test Prep Practice Test Engine and Questions on the Website 249

Accessing the Pearson Test Prep Practice Test Software Online 249

Accessing the Pearson Test Prep Practice Test Software Offline 250

Customizing Your Exams 251

Updating Your Exams 252

Premium Edition 252

Memory Tables 252

Chapter-Ending Review Tools 253

Suggested Plan for Final Review/Study 253

Summary 254

Part VII: Appendixes

Glossary 255

Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Q&A Sections 263

Appendix B AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate (SAA-C01) Cert Guide Exam Updates 273

Online Elements


Appendix C Memory Tables

Appendix D Memory Tables Answer Key

Appendix E Study Planner

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