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Operational Excellence

Put it all together with this course on operational excellence in AWS. Look at cost optimization, general best practices, secure design and more.

11 videos  //  77 minutes of training

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Course description

Now that you have all the components, it’s time to focus on putting the pieces together and making sure the whole system functions. In this course, you’ll look at the operational excellence process, including resilient design, performant design, secure design, cost optimization and more, with scenarios for multiple designs.

Course syllabus

The Operational Excellence ProcessDuration: 8:17

Buzzwords abound in Information Technology. Well-architected framework. Operational Excellence. There are just two such phrases and they are covered in this episode to ensure you grasp what they mean and why they are important.

Widget Makers ScenarioDuration: 6:33

In this episode, we present a scenario that will be used throughout this chapter. Widget Makers needs an AWS solution and we're going to help them implement it with some solid design recommendations.

Resilient DesignDuration: 7:49

Resiliency is important in any modern application. Organizations require that their applications and services be there when they need them. In this episode you will explore the concepts and practical implementation methods available to architect a resilient AWS solution.

Resilient Design ScenarioDuration: 5:02

Now that you understand resilient design, you will apply it to the Widget Makers requirements. See how to offer resilient design for processing, databases, storage and more.

Performant DesignDuration: 9:17

Now that you understand resilient design, you will apply it to the Widget Makers requirements. See how to offer resilient design for processing, databases, storage and more.

Performant Design ScenarioDuration: 6:07

With an understanding of performant design, it's time to apply it to Widget Makers. In this episode, see how you can implement a well-performing solution for the intended AWS uses of Widget Makers.

Secure DesignDuration: 8:09

As you know, availability and performance are important, but it's also important to ensure security of the implemented solution. In this episode, you will explore the AWS best practices for secure design.

Secure Design ScenarioDuration: 5:16

Now that you know the best practices for secure design, let's see how we can apply them to Widget Makers' needs in this episode.

Cost OptimizationDuration: 6:51

So, we have availability, performance, and security, but, are we accomplishing it with the least cost? In this episode, you will see how to design for cost optimization in AWS.

Cost Optimization ScenarioDuration: 5:08

It's time to take the final pass at our design for Widget Makers. In this episode, we will see how we can keep costs down while accomplishing availability, performance and security for the AWS solution.

General Best PracticesDuration: 8:10

In the final episode of this course, you will review best practices related to high availability, scaling and continued learning. Consider this an important checkpoint in the learning process. If you do not fully understand any of the concepts in this episode, go back and review the chapters and episodes related to the concept in question. As the close to the course, this episode is your measurement of knowledge gained and a great foundation point for designing well-architected AWS solutions.

Meet the author

Tom Carpenter


Tom Carpenter is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. He started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded the technical content development and training company SysEdCo in 1997, which he continues to operate. Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and holds many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations. He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry. Tom uses AWS to run several business websites as well as test labs used for content creation and management. According to Tom, "AWS is everything I did in the 90s, and more, in the cloud!” Tom lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Julie and enjoys anything related to technology, learning and human potential.

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