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AWS Cloud Architect Bootcamp

12-Week Bootcamp For Absolute Beginners

On-Demand / 16 hours


Join us for this 12 Week AWS Cloud Architect Bootcamp and prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification by BUILDING 54 PROJECTS.

Course Instructor: Mike Pfeiffer

Mike Pfeiffer is a twenty-year tech industry veteran who’s worked for some of the largest technology companies in the world including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Mike is a published author, international conference speaker, Microsoft Azure MVP, and host of the podcast.

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Course Outline

NOTE: All sessions are recorded and available for replay. You can take your time to work through the bootcamp.

Week 1: Security with IAM

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Week one of the AWS Cloud Architect boot camp starts with one of the most important fundamentals topics of AWS, Identity Access Management IAM. You're going to learn all about the different ways to secure users and applications for any type of deployment.

Week 2: Automation and Development

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Week two will dive into automation and development. As a cloud architect and engineer, one of the key focuses you will see in many organizations is having the ability to write code. That doesn't mean you need to create the next big social media app, but it does mean that you need to know how to script. We'll be focusing on Python because it is the most used scripting language for AWS today.

Week 3: Learning the Ins and Outs of EC2

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One of the most commonly used services in AWS today is the compute, which is EC2. EC2 gives you the ability to move away from virtual machines and run operating systems in the cloud. With EC2 comes many other factors, like storage, network, and firewall rules.

Week 4: VPC Cloud Networking

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If you create a resource, say, an EC2 instance, how do you know that EC2 instance can access specific resources on the web? Or even in an internal AWS network? That's where cloud networking comes into play. Cloud networking allows you to take what you know about network administration on-prem and use it in AWS.

Week 5: Cloud Storage with S3

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When you think about storage, you may think about some sort of mount or volume that connects to an EC2 instance or a virtual machine. In AWS, there's a different type of storage, S3. S3 allows you to do anything from host public files to host contents of a website.

Week 6: Load Balancing and Route53

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When it comes to accessing a public facing app that's running and scaled to say, multiple EC2 instances, AWS provides a way to make this process straight forward with load balancers. There are many different types of load balancers ranging from application-focused to network-focused. With load balancers come a DNS address, but what if you want your own domain for a load balancer? That's where Route53 comes in, which is AWS's DNS service.

Week 7: Cloud Databases with RDS

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If you ever encounter a scenario where you need data to be stored persistently, 9 times out of 10 you go for a database. Luckily in AWS, there's a specific service dedicated to databases - RDS. RDS provides database engines for MySQL, SQL Server, and more...

Week 8: The Power Of Serverless

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Over the past few years, serverless has become more and more mainstream. It's a way to run an application or a service without having to worry about infrastructure management. AWS has a few key service offerings, AWS Lambda and Elastic Beanstalk. This week we'll talk about both and what they're used for.

Week 9: Containerization and Orchestration

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Containers with platforms like Docker and orchestration with platforms like Kubernetes changed the world and continue to do so. No longer do you have to host an application on an expensive server. Instead, you can easily automate and create an instance of your application powered by containers and orchestration. This week we'll take a look at the key services in AWS for this purpose.

Week 10: Monitoring

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With every good application or cloud service, comes very good monitoring. Without properly monitoring services and applications that you deploy to AWS, you don't know what's available and what isn't. It's the difference between waking up at 200 AM to fix an issue blind or going in and understand what's happening.

Week 11: Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment/Delivery

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Having an application continuously tested, built to confirm no bugs, and ensure that it can get deployed is the future for any application in production. With CICD comes infrastructure deployment. No longer is CICD simply just for applications, but it's a way to deploy your cloud services as well.

Week 12: Migrating to AWS

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When it comes to larger organizations and companies that have been around for a while, they may still have a ton of infrastructure on-prem. Because of that, you'll need to understand the concepts of migrating that infrastructure to the cloud.

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Both trainings were a great experience! Mike gathered some big names in the industry to speak on their specialties, I was truly honored to be able to learn from them.
Great training from experienced and knowledgeable trainers. The training material and demos mix the content with real-world scenarios which really accelerated my understanding.
Mike has done a fantastic job of assembling a group of subject matter experts to help guide you from the basics.
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What the prerequisites for this course?

We recommend that you have basic sysadmin skills, along with a high-level understanding of software development. You do not need to be a programmer to succeed in this course.

Who is this for?

CloudSkills is for anyone looking to build the technical and soft-skills required to succeed in the tech industry today. We welcome everyone, regardless if you come from an "ops" or "dev" background, or even if you're switching careers.

Do I need access to public cloud platforms?

We are big believers in hands-on practice, however, having immediate access to a public cloud platform is not a requirement for this course. Sit back and watch, and feel free to follow along if you'd like.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have full access to the recordings with your purchase. You watch videos, follow our proven step-by-step process, get results.

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