AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam
By Joe Baron, Hisham Baz, Tim Bixler, Biff Gaut, Kevin E. Kelly, Sean Senior, John Stamper

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Validate your AWS skills. 

This is your opportunity to take the next step in your career by expanding and validating your skills on the AWS cloud.  AWS has been the frontrunner in cloud computing products and services, and the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide for the Associate exam will get you fully prepared through expert content, and real-world knowledge, key exam essentials, chapter review questions, access to Sybex’s interactive online learning environment, and much more. This official study guide, written by AWS experts, covers exam concepts, and provides key review on exam topics, including:

  • Mapping Multi-Tier Architectures to AWS Services, such as web/app servers, firewalls, caches and load balancers
  • Understanding managed RDBMS through AWS RDS (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, Aurora)
  • Understanding Loose Coupling and Stateless Systems
  • Comparing Different Consistency Models in AWS Services
  • Understanding how AWS CloudFront can make your application more cost efficient, faster and secure
  • Implementing Route tables, Access Control Lists, Firewalls, NAT, and DNS
  • Applying AWS Security Features along with traditional Information and Application Security
  • Using Compute, Networking, Storage, and Database AWS services
  • Architecting Large Scale Distributed Systems
  • Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability Concepts
  • Understanding of Network Technologies Relating to AWS
  • Deploying and Managing Services with tools such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks and Elastic Beanstalk.

Learn from the AWS subject-matter experts, review with proven study tools, and apply real-world scenarios. If you are looking to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam, this guide is what you need for comprehensive content and robust study tools that will help you gain the edge on exam day and throughout your career. 


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #3353 in Books
  • Published on: 2016-10-17
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.10" h x 1.00" w x 7.20" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 504 pages

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From the Back Cover

Covers exam objectives, including designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems, implementation and deployment, data security, troubleshooting, and much more....

Includes interactive online learning environment and study tools with: + 2 custom practice exams
+ More than 100 electronic flashcards
+ Searchable key term glossary

Your complete guide to preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate Exam

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide is your one-stop resource for coverage of the Associate Level Exam. This Sybex Study Guide covers the Associate Exam objectives. You'll prepare smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to expert content, including assessment tests that check your exam readiness, an objective map, real-world scenarios, hands-on exercises, key topic exam essentials, and challenging chapter review questions. Reinforce what you have learned with the Sybex online learning environment and test bank, accessible across multiple devices. Get prepared for the AWS Associate Level Exam today.

Coverage of the exam objectives in this Study Guide means you'll be ready for:

  • Mapping Multi-Tier Architectures to AWS Services, such as web/app servers, firewalls, caches, and load balancers
  • Understanding managed RDBMS through AWS RDS (MySQL®, Oracle®, SQL Server®, Postgres, Aurora)
  • Understanding Loose Coupling and Stateless Systems
  • Comparing Different Consistency Models in AWS Services
  • Understanding how AWS CloudFront can make your application more cost efficient, faster, and secure
  • Implementing Route tables, Access Control Lists, Firewalls, NAT, and DNS
  • Applying AWS Security Features along with traditional Information and Application Security
  • Using Compute, Networking, Storage, and Database AWS services
  • Architecting Large Scale Distributed Systems
  • Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability Concepts
  • Understanding of Network Technologies Relating to AWS
  • Deploying and Managing Services with tools such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks, and Elastic Beanstalk

Interactive learning environment

Take your exam prep to the next level with Sybex's superior interactive online tools. To access our interactive learning environment simply visit www.wiley.com/go/sybextestprep type in your unique PIN, and instantly gain access to:

  • Interactive test bank with 2 custom practice exams helps you identify where you need additional study. Practice exams help you identify areas where further review is needed. Get more than 90% of the answers correct, and you're ready to take the certification exam. 100 questions total!
  • More than 100 electronic flashcards to reinforce learning and last-minute prep before the exam
  • Comprehensive glossary in PDF format gives you instant access to the key terms so you are fully prepared

AWS Certification

AWS Certifications recognize IT professionals with the technical skills and expertise to design, deploy, and operate applications and infrastructure on AWS. Exams are offered in multiple languages at testing centers around the world.

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS Cloud.


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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful.
3Seems like it was written for an outdated version of the AWS site that is served to old clients
By rpgmaker
There's something you need to be aware about this book if you're new to AWS. It seems that it is either outdated (hard to believe given that it was released just a couple of days ago, but maybe they started to be write it years ago and released just now..) or it was written with an outdated version of the AWS site that is served to old AWS clients, which would be understandable if you read the authors bio at the beginning but it's an unforgivable editing oversight since the reader isn't warned about this. I'm just starting but there have been several assumptions made in the book that are just weird. For example they keep telling you to choose either EC2-VPC or EC2-Classic but EC2-Classic isn't available for new clients anymore and they don't tell you this in the book.

So far it's a good book and I will update this score when I finish reading it or find another way to contact the authors (I found no contact information regarding errata listed in the book). I was waiting to finish the book before posting but I thought I should let everyone know before everything else is drowned out by the 5 stars reviews written by people that haven't finished reading it either.

UPDATE 10/31/2016 (comment I posted answering someone)
I haven't taken the exam yet. I'm going to update my review eventually (I haven't finished the book) but the best I can tell you is that I can follow the book more effectively because I previously read: Amazon Web Services in Action they compliment each other very well since the latter is more hands on but doesn't describe the concepts as throughly as I expected it would (this is my review of that book: https://www.amazon.com/review/R35XQT20R1LYWB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1617292885) but in a way the same can be said of this one too since it expects you to delve into the online documentation in order to do the exercises at the end of each chapter. For some it's not needed but for others it definitely is if you're completely new to AWS. In a way this book kind of outsources the "In Action" part to the online docs. Which is kind of ridiculous because most people that are looking to learn AWS from a book are doing so specifically to avoid the messiness of the online documentation. Luckily what I learned from the AWS in Action book has saved me from having to go into the online docs for most chapters so far but in others I definitely had to delve into it and do some google searches in order to finish the exercises. If you decide to buy this book you definitely need to read the online resources before going into the exercises because a lot of the practical fundamentals are actually described there (like setting up the CLI interface, etc.). The book is dedicated almost exclusively to describe the theory behind AWS which I take it to mean that that's what the exam does for the most part. This book is the first exam related resource that I read, if I decide to take it I'll have to do some further research.

UPDATE 12/01/2016:
I just finished the book and sadly, I can't say that it made me change the score. While there's a lot of content crammed inside the book (enough to point you in the right direction when starting AWS) my first observations remained accurate throughout the book, not only that but it got worse in some aspects. For example, some chapters seem like they were taken straight out of the online documentation. The editing is poor and some review questions are just wrong or out of place (in some chapters they ask you something they talk about in a future chapter). Reading other reviews from people that took the exam it seems that it is advisable to do as much online exam prep as possible before taking the exam which is what I'll do next. It's not a complete waste but it's not a silver bullet for learning AWS either. The book doesn't add that much to the online docs so do consider taking a look at it before buying.

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
3Good AWS coverage but many typos and error
By James Beswick
I downloaded the Kindle version of this book as additional material for both CloudAcademy.com study work and general experience with using AWS. As one other reviewer has noted, these AWS exams are more than just study-and-test and rely heavily upon material and examples you would only know from using a cloud-based services and having experience in DevOps generally. This book can prepare you for the general areas of the exam but even if you ace (or memorize) the questions, you could still fail the real exam without the necessary practice on the platform itself, both in a simulated lab and in real-life solution building.

This book provides good general coverage for AWS services and is well written by someone who clearly knows the platform thoroughly. Rather than attempt to squeeze you through the exam, the author is giving you a thorough introduction to each service with material for further learning and suggested practice exercises. It admirably covers the A-Z of Amazon, even in the face of ever-changing admin UIs and newer products and features released continuously (even at reInvent this year, the number of new feature releases makes this author's job a challenge).

Unfortunately (for the Kindle edition at least), there are so many typos and errors that it's easy to lose confidence in the writing. I counted at least fifty mistakes (even the quizzes refer to answers A through D in the questions and then 1 through 4 in the answers - a minor but annoying bug). Many of the problems were basic capitalization (aws versus AWS) like there had been no proofreading whatsoever. There were errors in answers in at least two review tests and typos in diagrams too. The mistakes are so frequent that it becomes a distraction to reading and digesting the content. Thankfully this can be easily fixed in the Kindle version so hopefully they will have a chance to review the content soon - if so, I'll post an update.

In the meantime, I passed my architect exam with 86% but in order of importance I would rank my study sources as follows:
1. Experience of using and troubleshooting the platform (especially VPCs, subnets, NATs and IAM permissioning);
2. Using Cloud Academy and Qwiklabs;
3. This book.

Best of luck with your studies - it's a phenomenal platform, and despite the issues I found above, I think this book will become a vital study aid in future editions.

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
4Good as reference, lot of questions, some details to improve though
By Celestino
Cons:
- I have to agree with one of the reviews above, there are things that are outdated or even discontinued, seems they wrote few chapters long ago and others just a month ago.
- In my opinion something worth to mention is the way they wrote the Security chapter (12). This was rather confusing if you compare with the rest of the book, e.g. they mention a service, and instead to highlight the security features use two paragraphs to describe the service and how works, advantages, etc. ( when this was already explained in previous chapters), may be good to refresh your knowledge, although in my case make me lost focus a bit. Some parts on this chapter are literally a "copy&paste" of the AWS security whitepaper, maybe that is the reason. Even in the summary part they also do the same a bit, Exam Essentials are OK though.
- The exercises are too simple or too generic, with not much explanation and referring to amazon manuals.

Pros:
- One value of this book is that it comes with the exams and a fair amount of questions.
- Is a good complement to study or to get into AWS
- Most of the book is a good digested version of whitepapers and official documentation
- The fact to be the "official study guide" wrote by some people related to the exam may give you some piece of mind when going to the test :)

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