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AWS – Solutions Architect – Associate Level Syllabus

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The five core specifications which should be applied when designing AWS Cloud architectures are:



resilience, high-performance, security and cost-optimization.



These also form the structure and syllabus of the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Diploma.



resilient – meaning multi-tier, fault-tolerant


high-performing – meaning elastic and scalable, both computing and storage


secure – meaning access is secure – both the system configuration as well as the data


cost-optimized – meaning compute, network, and storage solutions are cost-effective





Domain 1: Designing Resilient Architectures  30%




Designing a multi-tier architecture solution
Designing highly available and/or fault-tolerant architectures
Choosing appropriate resilient storage



Domain 2: Designing High-Performing Architectures  28%




Identifying elastic and scalable compute solutions for a workload
Selecting high-performing and scalable storage solutions for a workload



Domain 3: Designing Secure Applications and Architectures  24%




Designing secure access to AWS resources



Domain 4: Designing Cost-Optimized Architectures  18%




Identifying cost-effective storage solutions
Identifying cost-effective compute and database services
Designing cost-optimized network architectures




To pass and qualify for the Solutions Architect Associate (SAA) Diploma, AWS recommends that you have:


a minimum of one year of hands-on experience designing systems on AWS


hands-on experience using the AWS services that provide compute, networking, storage, and databases


Through studying for the SAA Diploma you will develop:


the ability to define a solution using architectural design principles based on customer requirements

the ability to provide implementation guidance

the ability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement

an understanding of the five pillars of the Well-Architected Framework

an understanding of the AWS global infrastructure, including the network technologies used to connect them

an understanding of AWS security services and how they integrate with traditional on-premises security infrastructure





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