- Paperback: 437 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (October 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119138558
- ISBN-13: 978-1119138556
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam 1st Edition
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Covers exam objectives, including designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems, implementation and deployment, data security, troubleshooting, and much more....
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+ 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 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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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.
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.
UPDATE 05/02/2017: As J. Norman says, after a while they do mention in the book that EC2-Classic is no longer available to new clients but it was way after they had already referenced EC2-Classic several times from the beginning of the book. They should've mentioned this fact since the very beginning, otherwise it can be a little bit disorienting.
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.
My take so far: Do the A Cloud Guru video course, then use this book and the AWS FAQs to fill in knowledge/confidence gaps.
(FWIW, I am a seasoned senior developer who has casually used AWS for some time, but I want to really know what I'm doing rather than make educated guesses. For me, the certification itself is less important than what I learn preparing for it.)
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