Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Back to Basics - Part 1 An Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Spending time these days to learn about Amazon Web Services and as part of this journey trying to make some notes for my own reference which I can refer while preparing for the AWS certifications, so thought of making these notes available on my blog as a series of blog posts and named them as Back to Basics - Amazon Web Services Part 1, Part 2 and so on as I have been doing it for VMware Back to Basics Series.

Will start this Back to Basics Series blog - Part 1 For Amazon Web Services by giving a quick overview about Amazon Web Services and the various certifications available depending upon our areas of interest (ArchitectDeveloper or SysOps).

Overview Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is the infrastructure service (Compute + Network) which can be leveraged with storage and other services offered by Amazon that helps us to deploy services own demand without worrying about the underlying infrastructure as now we don't have to wait for the underlying hardware to be procured, rack/stack, install and configure it, with Amazon Web Services we can choose from a wide variety of services and spin them up in minutes.

Elastic Computing is the Key when working with AWS which allows us to Grow or reduce  in minutes not just the compute resources but the storage resources as well, we can also choose from various storage choice available and do tiering (Fast + Medium and Low Performance) as we have been doing in an on - premises environment.

When it comes to accessing the AWS environment we can make use of the AWS Management Console (Web Application for managing AWS Cloud Services), the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI to manage and automate cloud services) or AWS Software Development Kit (SDK) (Application programming interface that interacts with AWS Web Services).


As a matter of fact there are lot of services to talk about and will be trying my level best to dedicate article in Back to Basics - AWS series for each service type and demonstrate how to create/ manage those services, I have already setup my account on AWS and long back dedicated an article talking about Amazon EC2 Instance which falls under compute category, maybe i will change the heading of that post and make it as Back to Basics Part 2 - AWS EC2 Instance ensuring all the AWS Back to Basics Series blog posts are properly aligned.

AWS Certification

It's time to check various certification tracks available with AWS and believe me if you are some one who is starting his journey with AWS like me I would strongly recommend you to have some understanding about Virtualization, Cloud Computing ,Networking and Storage so as you to enjoy this Journey.


As we can see there are various tracks which are available to us depending upon our areas of interest, we can design the AWS infrastructure (AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate and Professional), or we could be the one who is going to manage the services and troubleshoot it (AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate and AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional), another track is available for those who are from Development Background (AWS Certified Developer Associate and AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional), yes we need to have both the admin skills and development related skills if we are planning to achieve professional level certification for both development and operations track.

Amazon Web Services also offers speciality certifications which can be done after we have have completed an Associate Certification in any of the roles, wherein we can may progress to a Specialty in Advanced Networking or Big Data, depending upon the areas of interest.

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