AWS Certified Solutions Architect Certification Help
Passing the AWS solutions architect – Associate exam > Exam Overview
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The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam is intended for individuals with
experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform.
Exam concepts you should understand for this exam include:
- Designing and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS.
Lift and shift of an existing on-premises application to AWS.
Ingress and egress of data to and from AWS .
Selecting the appropriate AWS service based on data, compute, database, or security requirements.
Identifying appropriate use of AWS architectural best practices .
Estimating AWS costs and identifying cost control mechanism .
Eligible candidates for this exam have:
– One or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS
– In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language
– Ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application
– Experience with deploying hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components
– Capability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform
AWS Knowledge required for the Exam:
Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services
Professional experience architecting large-scale distributed systems
Understanding of elasticity and scalability concepts
Understanding of the AWS global infrastructure
Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
A good understanding of all security features and tools that AWS provides and how they relate to traditional services
A strong understanding of client interfaces to the AWS platform
Hands-on experience with AWS deployment and management services
Key items you should know before you take the exam:
How to configure and troubleshoot a VPC inside and out, including basic IP subnetting. VPC is arguably one of the more complex components of AWS and you cannot pass this exam without a thorough understanding of it.
The difference in use cases between Simple Workflow (SWF), Simple Queue Services (SQS), and Simple Notification Services (SNS).
How an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) interacts with auto-scaling groups in a high-availability deployment.
How to properly secure a S3 bucket in different usage scenarios
When it would be appropriate to use either EBS-backed or ephemeral instances.
A basic understanding of CloudFormation.
How to properly use various EBS volume configurations and snapshots to optimize I/O performance and data durability.
General IT Knowledge preferred for the Exam:
Excellent understanding of typical multi-tier architectures: web servers, caching, application servers, load balancers, and storage
Understanding of Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and NoSQL
Knowledge of message queuing and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
Familiarity with loose coupling and stateless systems
Understanding of different consistency models in distributed systems
Knowledge of Content Delivery Networks (CDN)
Hands-on experience with core LAN/WAN network technologies
Experience with route tables, access control lists, firewalls, NAT, HTTP, DNS, IP and OSI Network
Knowledge of RESTful Web Services, XML, JSON
Familiarity with the software development lifecycle
Work experience with information and application security concepts, mechanisms, and tools
Awareness of end-user computing and collaborative technologies