AWS SAA-C02 – Review of some key services when first working with the Management Console in AWS!


Since I got myself an AWS Cloud login, I figure I might as well become AWS Certified

This is officially Anthony S / David Bombal / Network Chucks Udemy course for AWS, which upon seeing the trio with training I couldn’t resist grabbing it, so to familiarize myself with my cloud to integrate into DevNet studies I figure I might as well start a new Category for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam on here.

I will be doing a lot more DevNet than AWS until I drive that exam home, however I would love to learn about the AWS Cloud and how to use it, and hope this serves to generate some interest in others to check it out as well!

With that being said, I want to start by expanding that “All services” and demo!



It kind of overlaps, but that is the full list of “All Services” in my free account!

Though I am only interested in getting to know what I need for right now before I go and find a use for every single service offered by AWS!

First to review is the Compute section key items


EC2 = Creating a Cloud VM in AWS

Lightsail = Creating a Cloud VM (for dummies) in AWS

Lambda = Compute Microservices AKA Serverless Computing, this is to provide compute power for a function that doesn’t require a full Server – Just its computing power!

Batch = Same concept as Lambda, Computing on Demand, just in Batch job format

Elastic Beanstalk = PaaS inside AWS, Automation of Applications with AWS to run / test, then push out to the world once they are ready

Serverless Application Repository = This is where you store Lambda Related Content

Next is the Containers, which are almost an extension of Compute


Elastic Container Registry = Storing / Cataloging Containers used in AWS

Elastic Container Service = Foundation for AWS Docker Containers

Elastic Kubernetes Service = Kubernetes is a Tool for Container Mgmt at Scale (in AWS)



S3 = Object Based Storage (limitless buckets of storage)

EFS = Elastic File System = NFS File System for Unix and Linux

FSx = Clustering Service called “Luster” and SMB / Windows File Share type storage

S3 Glacier = (Glacier) Class of S3 made for Archiving S3 Storage Data

Storage Gateway = Off-Prem Storage that can “Intelligently” store and present data based on configuration of this service to your environment

AWS Backup = Backup Service hosted in AWS



RDS = Relational Database Server = MS SQL Server / Post Grass SQL / Aurora AWS SQL Database built with Cloud in mind (Multiple DB Engines)

DynamoDB = No SQL DB Options

ElastiCache = Supports Reddis and Memcached to story DB info inside memory

Neptune = Graph style DB Engine

Amazon Redshift = AWS Data Warehousing

Amazon DocumentDB = AWS Document Style Database

Networking & Content Delivery


VPC = Virtual Private Cloud = Entire Network Environment inside of AWS

CloudFront = Way to Deliver Content to remote Edge locations (Cloud Edge Computing) which reduces Latency by having many redundant Edge Clouds

Router 53 = DNS Service of AWS (DNS = Port 53, get it?)

API Gateway = Developers can Host APIs for delivery through AWS via this feature

^^^ That is what I was looking for!

A look inside the API Gateway Features


Once I finish grinding out my DevNet Associate 8 week course, I plan to re-cover all the material with the DevNet OCG, and lab all the concepts in depth and this will be a great place to build and test some APIs both using Python and Postman!

With that I think I kind of started to learn the AWS SAA exam? Woohoo!

Again I might sprinkle these in here as I need a break from DevNet, but that will be my main focus, though learning Public Cloud technologies you just cannot go wrong.

This was just kind of an overview of the services for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam and it goes much deeper into them, which I will document here as I explore them myself, but wanted to throw this in here for future reference.

Until next time!

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