AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study GuideAssociate Exam
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.
Foreword xxvii Introduction xxix Assessment Test xxxvii Chapter 1 Introduction to AWS 1 What Is Cloud Computing? 3 Advantages of Cloud Computing 3 Cloud Computing Deployment Models 5 AWS Fundamentals 6 Global Infrastructure 6 Security and Compliance 7 AWS Cloud Computing Platform 8 Accessing the Platform 9 Compute and Networking Services 9 Storage and Content Delivery 11 Database Services 13 Management Tools 13 Security and Identity 15 Application Services 16 Summary 17 Exam Essentials 17 Review Questions 19 Chapter 2 Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier Storage 21 Introduction 23 Object Storage versus Traditional Block and File Storage 24 Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Basics 25 Buckets 25 AWS Regions 25 Objects 26 Keys 26 Object URL 26 Amazon S3 Operations 27 REST Interface 27 Durability and Availability 28 Data Consistency 28 Access Control 28 Static Website Hosting 29 Amazon S3 Advanced Features 30 Prefixes and Delimiters 30 Storage Classes 30 Object Lifecycle Management 31 Encryption 32 Versioning 33 MFA Delete 33 Pre-Signed URLs 34 Multipart Upload 34 Range GETs 34 Cross-Region Replication 34 Logging 35 Event Notifications 35 Best Practices, Patterns, and Performance 36 Amazon Glacier 36 Archives 37 Vaults 37 Vaults Locks 37 Data Retrieval 37 Amazon Glacier versus Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) 37 Summary 38 Exam Essentials 39 Exercises 40 Review Questions 46 Chapter 3 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) 51 Introduction 53 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) 53 Compute Basics 53 Securely Using an Instance 56 The Lifecycle of Instances 59 Options 61 Instance Stores 65 Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) 65 Elastic Block Store Basics 65 Types of Amazon EBS Volumes 66 Protecting Data 68 Summary 70 Exam Essentials 71 Exercises 73 Review Questions 81 Chapter 4 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) 85 Introduction 87 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) 87 Subnets 89 Route Tables 89 Internet Gateways 90 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Option Sets 92 Elastic IP Addresses (EIPs) 92 Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs) 93 Endpoints 93 Peering 94 Security Groups 95 Network Access Control Lists (ACLs) 97 Network Address Translation (NAT) Instances and NAT Gateways 98 NAT Instance 99 NAT Gateway 99 Virtual Private Gateways (VPGs), Customer Gateways (CGWs), and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) 100 Summary 101 Exam Essentials 103 Exercises 105 Review Questions 107 Chapter 5 Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling 111 Introduction 112 Elastic Load Balancing 112 Types of Load Balancers 113 Listeners 114 Configuring Elastic Load Balancing 115 Amazon CloudWatch 117 Auto Scaling 119 Auto Scaling Plans 120 Auto Scaling Components 121 Summary 126 Exam Essentials 127 Exercises 128 Review Questions 131 Chapter 6 AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) 137 Introduction 138 Principals 140 Root User 140 IAM Users 140 Roles/Temporary Security Tokens 141 Authentication 143 Authorization 144 Policies 144 Associating Policies with Principals 145 Other Key Features 147 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 147 Rotating Keys 148 Resolving Multiple Permissions 148 Summary 149 Exam Essentials 149 Exercises 150 Review Questions 154 Chapter 7 Databases and AWS 157 Database Primer 158 Relational Databases 159 Data Warehouses 160 NoSQL Databases 161 Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) 161 Database (DB) Instances 162 Operational Benefits 163 Database Engines 164 Storage Options 166 Backup and Recovery 167 High Availability with Multi-AZ 169 Scaling Up and Out 170 Security 172 Amazon Redshift 172 Clusters and Nodes 173 Table Design 174 Loading Data 175 Querying Data 176 Snapshots 176 Security 176 Amazon DynamoDB 177 Data Model 178 Writing and Reading Data 181 Scaling and Partitioning 183 Security 185 Amazon DynamoDB Streams 185 Summary 186 Exam Essentials 187 Exercises 189 Review Questions 192 Chapter 8 SQS, SWF, and SNS 197 Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) 198 Message Lifecycle 199 Delay Queues and Visibility Timeouts 200 Queue Operations, Unique IDs, and Metadata 201 Queue and Message Identifiers 201 Message Attributes 201 Long Polling 202 Dead Letter Queues 202 Access Control 202 Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF) 203 Workflows 204 Actors 204 Tasks 205 Task Lists 205 Long Polling 206 Object Identifiers 206 Workflow Execution Closure 206 Lifecycle of a Workflow Execution 206 Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) 208 Common Amazon SNS Scenarios 209 Summary 211 Exam Essentials 212 Exercises 213 Review Questions 216 Chapter 9 Domain Name System (DNS) and Amazon Route 53 221 Domain Name System (DNS) 223 Domain Name System (DNS) Concepts 223 Steps Involved in Domain Name System (DNS) Resolution 226 Record Types 228 Amazon Route 53 Overview 230 Domain Registration 230 Domain Name System (DNS) Service 230 Hosted Zones 231 Supported Record Types 232 Amazon Route 53 Enables Resiliency 235 Summary 236 Exam Essentials 237 Exercises 238 Review Questions 244 Chapter 10 Amazon ElastiCache 249 Introduction 250 In-Memory Caching 250 Amazon ElastiCache 251 Data Access Patterns 252 Cache Engines 252 Nodes and Clusters 253 Memcached Auto Discovery 254 Scaling 254 Replication and Multi-AZ 255 Backup and Recovery 256 Access Control 257 Summary 257 Exam Essentials 258 Exercises 259 Review Questions 261 Chapter 11 Additional Key Services 263 Introduction 265 Storage and Content Delivery 265 Amazon CloudFront 266 AWS Storage Gateway 269 Security 271 AWS Directory Service 272 AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and AWS CloudHSM 274 AWS CloudTrail 276 Analytics 277 Amazon Kinesis 278 Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) 280 AWS Data Pipeline 281 AWS Import/Export 283 DevOps 284 AWS OpsWorks 284 AWS CloudFormation 287 AWS Elastic Beanstalk 290 AWS Trusted Advisor 292 AWS Config 294 Summary 296 Exam Essentials 297 Review Questions 301 Chapter 12 Security on AWS 307 Introduction 308 Shared Responsibility Model 308 AWS Compliance Program 309 AWS Global Infrastructure Security 310 Physical and Environmental Security 310 Business Continuity Management 312 Network Security 313 Network Monitoring and Protection 314 AWS Account Security Features 315 AWS Credentials 316 Passwords 317 AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (AWS MFA) 317 Access Keys 318 Key Pairs 319 X.509 Certificates 319 AWS CloudTrail 319 AWS Cloud Service-Specific Security 320 Compute Services 320 Networking 324 Storage 330 AWS Storage Gateway Security 334 Database 334 Application Services 342 Analytics Services 343 Deployment and Management Services 345 Mobile Services 347 Applications 348 Summary 350 Security Model 350 Account Level Security 350 Service-Specific Security 351 Exam Essentials 355 Exercises 357 Review Questions 358 Chapter 13 AWS Risk and Compliance 363 Introduction 364 Overview of Compliance in AWS 364 Shared Responsibility Model 364 Strong Compliance Governance 366 Evaluating and Integrating AWS Controls 366 AWS IT Control Information 367 AWS Global Regions 368 AWS Risk and Compliance Program 368 Risk Management 368 Control Environment 369 Information Security 370 AWS Reports, Certifications, and Third-Party Attestations 370 Summary 374 Exam Essentials 375 Review Questions 377 Chapter 14 Architecture Best Practices 381 Introduction 382 Design for Failure and Nothing Fails 383 Implement Elasticity 385 Scaling Vertically 386 Scaling Horizontally 386 Deployment Automation 388 Leverage Different Storage Options 389 One Size Does Not Fit All 389 Build Security in Every Layer 392 Use AWS Features for Defense in Depth 393 Offload Security Responsibility to AWS 393 Reduce Privileged Access 394 Security as Code 394 Real-Time Auditing 394 Think Parallel 395 Loose Coupling Sets You Free 396 Don’t Fear Constraints 398 Summary 399 Exam Essentials 400 Exercises 401 Review Questions 409 Appendix Answers to Review Questions 415 Chapter 1: Introduction to AWS 416 Chapter 2: Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier Storage 417 Chapter 3: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) 419 Chapter 4: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) 420 Chapter 5: Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling 421 Chapter 6: AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) 423 Chapter 7: Databases and AWS 423 Chapter 8: SQS, SWF, and SNS 425 Chapter 9: Domain Name System (DNS) and Amazon Route 53 426 Chapter 10: Amazon ElastiCache 427 Chapter 11: Additional Key Services 428 Chapter 12: Security on AWS 430 Chapter 13: AWS Risk and Compliance 432 Chapter 14: Architecture Best Practices 433 Index 437
Covers exam objectives, including designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems, implementation and deployment, data security, troubleshooting, and much more.... Includes interactive online learning environment and study tools with: + 2 custom practice exams + More than 100 electronic flashcards + Searchable key term glossary Your complete guide to preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate Exam The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide is your one-stop resource for coverage of the Associate Level Exam. This Sybex Study Guide covers the Associate Exam objectives. You'll prepare smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to expert content, including assessment tests that check your exam readiness, an objective map, real-world scenarios, hands-on exercises, key topic exam essentials, and challenging chapter review questions. Reinforce what you have learned with the Sybex online learning environment and test bank, accessible across multiple devices. Get prepared for the AWS Associate Level Exam today. Coverage of the exam objectives in this Study Guide means you'll be ready for: 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 Interactive learning environment Take your exam prep to the next level with Sybex's superior interactive online tools. To access our interactive learning environment simply visit www.wiley.com/go/sybextestprep type in your unique PIN, and instantly gain access to: Interactive test bank with 2 custom practice exams helps you identify where you need additional study. Practice exams help you identify areas where further review is needed. Get more than 90% of the answers correct, and you're ready to take the certification exam. 100 questions total! More than 100 electronic flashcards to reinforce learning and last-minute prep before the exam Comprehensive glossary in PDF format gives you instant access to the key terms so you are fully prepared AWS Certification AWS Certifications recognize IT professionals with the technical skills and expertise to design, deploy, and operate applications and infrastructure on AWS. Exams are offered in multiple languages at testing centers around the world. The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS Cloud.
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