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Deep Dive into Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

Amazon and Amazon Web Services via Independent


In this advanced course, you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to use and manage Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). The course is designed to teach you how to choose the EBS volume type for your workloads based on performance and throughput requirements. You also learn how to manage EBS volume snapshots as part of the backup and recovery processes. In addition, the course covers securing Amazon EBS through encrypting volumes and controlling access to Amazon EC2 resources. You also learn about monitoring and improving Amazon EBS performance. Finally, you learn about the factors used in calculating Amazon EBS pricing and how to track your usage costs.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for:

  • Storage engineers
  • Systems administrators
  • Cloud architects
  • Other IT professionals

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Evaluate when to use Amazon EBS
  • Determine which types of EBS volumes to use
  • Create and manage EBS volumes and EBS snapshots
  • Configure Amazon EBS encryption for volumes and snapshots
  • Tune and monitor EBS objects
  • Estimate and track the costs of using Amazon EBS


We recommend that attendees of this course have the following prerequisites:

  • General AWS knowledge
  • General IT storage knowledge
  • General IT business knowledge



  • Module One: Amazon EBS Overview
    • Amazon EBS Volumes
    • Block Storage Offerings
    • Amazon EC2 Instance Store
    • Amazon EBS Use Cases
    • Customer Case Studies
  • Module Two: Types of Amazon EBS Volumes
    • EBS Volume Types
    • How to Choose an EBS Volume Type
    • EBS-Optimized Instances
  • Module Three: Managing Amazon EBS Snapshots
    • EBS Snapshots
    • How EBS Snapshots Work
    • Using EBS Snapshots
    • Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager (Amazon DLM)
    • Tagging EBS Snapshots
    • Resource-Level Permissions
  • Module Four: Managing Amazon EBS Volumes
    • Creating an EBS Volume
    • EBS Volume States
    • Attaching an EBS Volume to an EC2 Instance
    • Making the Volume Available on Your Operating System
    • Creating an EBS Snapshot
    • Detaching and Deleting an EBS Volume
  • Module Five: Modifying Amazon EBS Volumes
    • Modifying an EBS Volume Type, IOPS, and Size
    • Extending the File System of an EC2 Instance
  • Module Six: Securing Amazon EBS
    • Access Control
    • EBS Volume Encryption
    • Encrypting a New EBS Volume
    • Creating a Custom Master Encryption Key
    • How EBS Encryption Works
    • Encrypting EBS Snapshots
    • Copying an Encrypted Snapshot
    • Sharing EBS Snapshots
  • Module Seven: Amazon EBS Performance and Monitoring
    • EBS Performance Tips
    • EBS-Optimized Instances
    • EBS Volume Initialization
    • Best Practices: RAID and Linux
    • Monitoring with Amazon CloudWatch
  • Module Eight: Tracking Amazon EBS Usage and Costs
    • EBS Pricing Model
    • EBS Snapshot Storage Costs
    • Tracking with Cost Allocation Tags
  • Module Nine: Course Assessment




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