AWS Solutions Architect – Associate – Database Services

November 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

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Getting ready for your Solutions Architect Associate exam? Let’s review the main database services of AWS as you will encounter many questions regarding these in your exam. Note that things will not get too detailed, and you can answer many questions right out of this post. You should also note that many of these technologies are not explicitly called out on the exam blueprint.

The Services

  • Relational Database Service (RDS) – optimized with various EC2 instance types, this relational database service supports Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Database Migration Service – used to take existing databases that are on-prem or with other clouds to the RDS service.
  • Aurora – a MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database for the cloud that seeks performance balanced with open source compatibility.
  • DynamoDB – a fast, flexible NoSQL database service for applications that need a single-second millisecond latency at small to large scale.
  • DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX) – a highly available, in-memory cache that reduces DynamoDB response times even further.
  • ElastiCache – used to create in-memory data stores (caches) in the cloud. This technology provides performance unheard of for disk-based databases and supports two open-source memory engines – Redis and Memcached.
  • Redshift – a high-performance, fully-managed data warehouse that provides data analysis using standard SQL and Business Intelligence tools.
  • Redshift Spectrum – allows running SQL queries against exabytes of unstructured data in Amazon S3 storage.


Unless you work with these everyday, it can be fairly difficult to remember the key principles of each one. I recommend making some handy flashcards to assist you in such areas! Be sure to subscribe to the blog where I will present many practice quizzes for you!
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AWS S3 Gets Some Security Improvements 10/12/2017

November 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm


Hello S3 lovers! This week, Amazon announced some nice security-related improvements for S3. Enjoy this brief recap:

  • Default Encryption – you can now set your S3 bucket to require the encryption of objects placed inside it. Of course, the big news is that you can now do this without the use of a Bucket Policy in AWS.
  • Public icons – now in your list of S3 buckets in the Web Management Console, there is a large, yellow icon which indicates if your bucket is publicly accessible based on permission (see screenshot above).
  • Cross-region replication now supports a re-write of the ACL in the destination region if desired.
  • Cross-region replication support now exists for encrypted objects using AWS KMS.
  • The detailed inventory report now provides the status of the encryption for objects. This report itself can also now be encrypted.

Want more information on storage in AWS – check out my AWS Solutions Architect – Storage Services course at CBT Nuggets.

AWS Solutions Architect – Storage Services is Complete!

November 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm


My latest course will appear on the CBT Nuggets early next week! Here is the final video list!

Simple Storage Service (S3)
Course Introduction
IT Storage Types
What is S3?
S3 Storage Classes
S3 Object Lifecycle Management
S3 Versioning
Working with S3 Buckets
S3 Metadata
S3 Server Access Logging
S3 Bucket Policies
S3 Encryption and Other Security Options
Scripting S3 – An Example
S3 Static Website Hosting

What is Glacier?
Working with Glacier Vaults

Elastic Block Store (EBS)
Instance Stores vs EBS
Working with EBS Volumes
EBS Volume Types
Using EBS-Optimized Instances
Protecting EBS Data

Elastic File System (EFS)
Elastic File System Basics
Using EFS

Storage Gateway
Why Use Storage Gateway?
Storage Gateway Basics
Four Types of Storage Gateways

Transfer Services
AWS Import/Export
AWS Snowball

Podcast Alert! An Overview of S3 in AWS

October 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm


Need an overview of the important S3 (Simple Storage Service) of Amazon Web Services (AWS)? This podcast is for you! Enjoy. Be sure to call in to the podcast or leave comments below on what other topics you would like me to record!


Challenge Your AWS Monitoring Skills with this Quiz

October 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Here is a quiz for you that focuses on the area of monitoring and metrics within Amazon Web Services (AWS). This is content focused around the SysOps Associate training at CBT Nuggets.

AWS SysOps Associate - Monitoring and Metrics

Congratulations - you have completed AWS SysOps Associate - Monitoring and Metrics. You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%. Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%
Your answers are highlighted below.
Shaded items are complete.

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