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AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials

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Welcome to AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials. If you’re new to the cloud, whether you’re in a technical or non-technical role such as finance, legal, sales, marketing, this course will provide you with an understand of fundamental AWS Cloud concepts to help you gain confidence to contribute to your organization’s cloud initiatives. This course is also the starting point to prepare for your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification whenever it’s convenient for you.

After you complete the course, you’ll understand the benefits of the AWS Cloud and the basics of its global infrastructure. You’ll be able to describe and provide an example of the core AWS services, including compute, network, databases, and storage. For the finance-minded, you’ll be able to articulate the financial benefits of the AWS Cloud, define core billing and pricing models, and learn how to use pricing tools to make cost-effective choices for AWS services.


Module 1: Intro to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Benefits of the AWS Cloud
  • Differences between on-demand delivery and cloud deployments

Module 2: Compute in the Cloud

  • Benefits of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Auto Scaling
  • Overview of Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), and Amazon Simple Queue Services (Amazon SQS)

Module 3: Global Infrastructure and Reliability

  • AWS Global Infrastructure and Availability Zones
  • Benefits of Amazon CloudFront and Edge locations

Module 4: Networking

  • Networking basics
  • Real-life scenarios for virtual private networks (VPN)
  • Benefits of AWS Direct Connect and hybrid deployments

Module 5: Storage and Databases

  • Overview of Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS)
  • Introduction to Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

Module 6: Security

  • The shared responsibility model and foundational security policies
  • Overview of the benefits of compliance with AWS

Module 7: Monitoring and Analytics

  • How to monitor your AWS environment
  • Overview of AWS monitoring services, including Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS Trusted Advisor

Module 8: Pricing and Support

  • Overview of AWS pricing and support models
  • Intro to AWS services like AWS Budgets, AWS Cost Explorer, and AWS Pricing Calculator

Module 9: Migration and Innovation

  • What is migration and innovation in the AWS Cloud?
  • What is the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF)?

Module 10: The Cloud Journey

  • The five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework and the six benefits of cloud computing

Module 11: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Basics

  • Resources for preparing for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner examination

Course Assessment

  • Solve questions similar to those found within the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner examination

Taught by

Morgan Willis, Rudy Chetty and Blaine Sundrud


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  • Shaharukh Pathan
    I like this course , I have leave learn so many things from this course,like AWS vm creation,AWS vm storage account and it's types and it's scaling,also I have learn AWS load balancer,AWS permission,also AWS networking part in that I learn subnetting, ip addressing,dns,dhcp

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