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Identifying the AWS Core Services!


If you are preparing for literally any level of AWS Certification, I think an excellent first step is to identify what I term core services. These services make the foundataion of AWS and they are ALWAYS the most tested areas.

I cover these services in depth in the growing list of AWS courses at CBT Nuggets! 

To simplify your locating them – I will group them just as AWS does in the main service list in your Web console.

AWS Compute

  • EC2 – Elastic Compute Cloud allows you to easily scale virtual machines for your main compute horsepower; note that an opposite approach in AWS is serverless compute with Lambda

AWS Storage

  • S3 – Simple Storage Services is object-based, key/value storage for many purposes in AWS
  • EBS – Elastic Block Store permits the use of MDD or SDD storage for many purposes, including boot volumes for EC2 instances

AWS Database

  • RDS – Relational Database Service allows you to host many database types in the cloud; this includes Oracle, MS SQL Server, and even Amazon’s own Aurora
  • DynamoDB – a NoSQL database option in the cloud that performs blazing performance and on-demand scalability
  • ElastiCache – creates in-memory caches for impressive performance interaction; this service also supports open standards in caching

AWS Networking

  • VPC – Virtual Private Cloud provides the networking components needed for an infrastructure including subsets, gateways, routing tables, and security mechanisms

AWS Management

  • CloudWatch – Permits the monitoring of key services; uses metrics and alarms for a familiar monitoring approach
  • CloudTrail – Permits the tracking of potentially all the API calls to AWS; this allows you detailed analysis of all events no matter the source – Web Console, CLI, SDK, etc.

AWS Security

  • IAM – Identity and Access Management allows the creation of users, groups, and roles for interacting securely with AWS

AWS Application Integration

  • SNS – the Simple Notification Service allows the generation of email and text notifications based on AWS events
  • SQS – the Simple Queue Service assists you in decoupling components and queuing messages between these components; this service helps the use of micro services for your processing needs


Three New Certification Texts Coming from Anthony Sequeira

Yes – I have been hard at work writing this summer and fall, especially with the exciting new products and certifications that area available for us in the IT world!

CCENT 100 -105 Exam Cram, 3rd Edition

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This text will take you through bullet point by bullet pint in the new Version 3 of the CCENT (ICND1) exam. This critical text features the following special features that you will love!

  • CramSavers
  • Exam Alerts
  • Command Reference
  • Two Full Practice Exams
  • Cram Sheets
  • Cram Exams

CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Exam Cram (5th Edition)

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Exam 70-740 – Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 Certification Guide

I hope you are excited about these new texts as I am  – Happy Reading!