AWS Application Deployment

In this course, we explore the various application and deployment services available in AWS.


  • Application and deployment services Video — 00:04:19
    • AWS includes many different application services and deployment services. In this episode you will understand what these services are and why they are important to you. In the remaining episodes of this chapter, you will explore specific AWS application and deployment services.

  • Additional application services Video — 00:04:09
    • Some application services are focused mainly on web mobility (web apps on mobile devices) such as AWS Amplify, AppSync and Device Farm. This episode addresses these services as well as some additional machine learning tools.

  • Lambda Video — 00:06:20
    • What if you need some code to run in the cloud but you don’t want to build an entire instance-based platform to support the code? Lambda comes to the rescue. This episode explains how Lambda can be used to execute code in the cloud without building a server infrastructure.

  • API gateway Video — 00:08:49
    • An Application Programming Interface (API) is a wrapper for code that allows for easy access to and execution of it. The AWS API Gateway is a service that allows you to have APIs in the cloud. Learn more in this episode.

  • Kinesis Video — 00:05:31
    • What can you use to analyze data on-the-fly in AWS? The answer is Kinesis and its several implementation methods. In this episode you are introduced to the Kinesis solution in AWS and what it has to offer.

  • Kinesis data streams and firehose Video — 00:05:28
    • In this episode, you will explore Kinesis Data Streams and Kinesis Firehose to understand what they offer and how they differ. As an AWS architect, it is important to know the options so you can select the best one for your needs.

  • Kinesis data analytics Video — 00:03:55
    • You’ve create a way to get the data with Kinesis Data Streams or Kinesis Firehose, now you must analyze the data. One possible solution is Kinesis Data Analytics, covered in this episode.

  • Reference architectures Video — 00:05:27
    • Wouldn’t it be nice if, as a solutions architect, you didn’t have to start from scratch everytime? The good news is that you don’t have to. You can start with reference architectures provided by AWS and this episode explains the details.

  • CloudFront Video — 00:09:41
    • Do you have an application that needs to be available on the Web and perform as well as possible for the end users? Of course you do. CloudFront is the AWS solution that helps you accomplish this and you will learn about it here.

  • Web application firewall (WAF) Video — 00:09:17
    • When implementing Web applications, it is important to ensure proper security. Sometimes you need to allow or disallow access based on source IP addresses or the request type. The AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) is your solution.

  • Simple queue service (SQS) Video — 00:09:27
    • Some application are not sequential and consistent in the flow of processing. Rather, they allow for non-sequential processing or delayed processing. To implement such solutions, you need a method to queue requests and the AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS) helps with this.

  • Simple notification service (SNS) Video — 00:07:38
    • What if you need one application to notify another application of an activity or a workload that needs to be executed? You need the Simple Notification Service (SNS) that AWS offers and it is introduced here.

  • Simple workflow (SWF) Video — 00:06:46
    • Workflow management allows you to have logic in a processing flow. For example, you may want to do one thing if A is true and another thing if B is true. AWS Simple Workflow (SWF) allows you to implement such workflows.

  • Step functions Video — 00:03:49
    • The forthcoming replacement for SWF is Step Functions in AWS. SWF is still supported and likely to be on an exam, but Step Functions will be replacing SWF in the coming years and be more heavily focused on the exams as well.

  • OpWorks Video — 00:07:32
    • For years, we’ve had operations management software solutions in internal enterprise networks. AWS offers the same using OpsWorks and this episode explores the features and capabilities of this solution.

  • Cognito Video — 00:03:32
    • What can you do if you want to integrate local Active Directory or another identity management system with AWS? The answer is found in Cognito, an AWS solution for user identity and data synchronization or single sign-on (SSO).

  • Elastic MapReduce (EMR) Video — 00:05:16
    • Do you need to process massive amounts of data for business analytics? Do you want to upload data to S3 buckets and have it processed automatically? If the answer is yes, you should explore the capabilities of Elastic MapReduce (EMR).

  • CloudFormation Video — 00:10:12
    • When you need an AWS solution that includes multiple instances, databases, or services, it would be nice to have a way to implement it quickly. CloudFormation helps you accomplish this. In this episode you will see how CloudFormation can help you launch solutions fast based on templates.

  • CloudFormation properties Video — 00:02:43
    • AWS periodically updates properties that can be configured in CloudFormation. This episode reviews the latest updates.

  • CloudWatch Video — 00:04:33
    • In earlier episodes of this course, CloudWatch has been referenced. In this episode, you will see what CloudWatch has to offer so that you can design for it well.

  • Trusted advisor Video — 00:05:07
    • Wouldn’t it be amazing if you have someone you could turn to and ask them to evaluate your AWS implementation for problems in security, performance, and cost management? The good news is that you do. It’s the Trusted Advisor within AWS and this episode shows how it is used.

  • Organizations Video — 00:07:57
    • Over time, you may find that you have multiple AWS accounts. The IAM solution will be managed separately for each account by default. However, you can use AWS organizations to bring them all together and this episode shows you how.


Course description

AWS has a multitude of application and deployment services, and this course provides overviews of many of the services, from coding applications with Lambda and API Gateway to data analysis with various Kinesis solutions and Elastic MapReduce. We’ll also cover reference architectures, workflow management using SQS, SNS and SWF, how to use CloudFront and CloudWatch, and more.

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Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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