QA | 6 July 2016
I’ve been a bit lax in keeping this blog up to date, but the folks at Amazon Web Services have kept on updating their courseware at the usual hectic pace. That has left me with a bit of a backlog, so expect a flurry of blog postings over the next few days! In this blog, I’ll take a look at the completely rewritten AWS Technical Essentials course.
As the name of the course suggests, this is targeted at technical delegates with no prior experience of AWS. The course lasts only one day, and acts as a foundation and prerequisite to almost all of the other courses in the AWS catalogue. Despite the shortness of the course, it offers a reasonable amount of hands-on lab experience with AWS. Non-technical delegates and business decision-makers who are looking for a basic grounding in AWS without hands-on labs should consider attending AWS Business Essentials instead
Why rewrite Technical Essentials? Well, a few years ago, the original Technical Essentials course attempted to introduce and briefly describe almost all of the services AWS offered. Over time, as the number of services increased, this became untenable, and the course was in danger of becoming a confusing laundry list of services described at breakneck speed. This has been fixed by completely rewriting the course to focus on a few core services and explore them depth.
I’d like to add a bit more detail to what’s in the course outline – but, as ever, please be aware that AWS frequently release new versions of courseware, each delivery is different, and this blog will surely be outdated after a while, so please don’t treat these details as contractual – contact us if you want to know more. That said, there are six sections to the course, as follows:
- A short introduction to cloud services and AWS, and an outline of the AWS global architecture.
- Compute, Storage and Networking. Introducing EC2, EBS, S3 and VPC. Contains a hands-on lab in which delegates build a VPC and launch a web server from the AWS Management Console.
- Security and IAM. Creating users and groups, configuring least-privilege access. Managed database services. RDS and DynamoDB. Contains a hands-on lab in which delegates add a database to their environment from the previous lab.
- Scaling and Monitoring. Auto-scaling, ELB, CloudWatch. Contains the last lab, in which delegates configure the previous environment to scale in and out as required.
- A course wrap-up, which includes information about AWS Support.
That’s about as much information as anyone could hope to fit into a single day, and in my opinion it offers a good solid base of core AWS knowledge from which to build. One of the most common ways for delegates to build on that base is by attending Architecting on AWS, which has also been completely rewritten, and which I’ll talk about in my next blog.
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