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AWS Developer: Optimizing on AWS

Amazon via edX


This course, part of the AWS Developer Series, will focus on helping you optimize your applications and you work in AWS. We strongly recommend that you complete the first course in the series, "Building on AWS" before starting this course.

You will look at ways to improve utilization by using containers with the Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), caching services such as Amazon CloudFront and Amazon ElastiCache, and monitoring tools such as Amazon CloudWatch. You will look at serverless architectures using Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon API Gateway and, AWS Lambda. You will explore the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and learn how to use the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). You will finish off the class with a deep dive into AWS CloudFormation and a capstone exercise where you will debug a CloudFormation template.

This course has a significant hands-on component. Throughout the class, you will perform exercises using the AWS services covered.

Class discussions will provide an opportunity for you to interact with fellow students as well as AWS training staff.


Week 1
Welcome to Optimizing on AWS
  • Meet the instructors
  • Discussion: Introduce yourself
  • Exercise 1.0 Set up an AWS Account (if needed)
Optimizing Containers
  • Introduction to Containers
  • Docker
  • Elastic Container Service (ECS)/Elastic Container Registry (ECR)
  • Exercise 1.1: Your first Docker Container
  • Exercise 1.2 Elastic Container Registry
Weekly Quiz
Weekly Discussion

Week 2
Static Websites using S3
  • Amazon CloudFront
  • Exercise 2.1: Building a static website
  • Amazon Elasticache
  • Exercise 2.2: Amazon Elasticache
Weekly Quiz
Weekly Discussion

Week 3
What is Serverless?
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Exercise 3.1 Create and populate and table in Amazon DynamoDB
Serverless Applications
  • API Gateway
  • Exercise 3.2 – Your first serverless application
Weekly Quiz
Weekly Discussion

Week 4
Scaling Compute
  • Amazon EC2/Amazon ECS Autoscaling
Scaling Storage
  • Scaling Databases
  • Exercise 4.1- Scaling our serverless application
  • Exercise 4.2 – Using metrics to scale
Weekly Quiz
Weekly Discussion

Week 5
Identity and Access Management
  • IAM Policies
  • IAM Roles
AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI)
  • Introduction to the AWS CLI
  • Exercise 5.1 – IAM and CLI
  • AWS Key Management Service (KMS)
  • Exercise 5.2 – KMS
Weekly Quiz
Weekly Discussion

Week 6
Optimizing Infrastructure as Code
  • Revisiting AWS CloudFormation
  • • Exercise 6.1-- CloudFormation Template
Course Wrap up
  • Exercise 6.2 – The Recap Challenge
End of Course Assessment
Couse Wrap up
Weekly Discussion


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