Operational Excellence with AWS

This scenario-based course illustrates the concepts of operational excellence.


  • The Operational Excellence Process Video — 00:08:17
    • Buzzwords abound in Information Technology. Well-architected framework. Operational Excellence. These 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 Scenario Video — 00:06:33
    • 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 Design Video — 00:07:50
    • 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 resilie

  • Resilient Design Scenario Video — 00:05:02
    • 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 Design Video — 00:09:18
    • 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 Scenario Video — 00:06:06
    • 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 Design Video — 00:08:09
    • 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 Scenario Video — 00:05:17
    • 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 Optimization Video — 00:06:52
    • 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 Scenario Video — 00:05:09
    • 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 Practices Video — 00:07:17
    • 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 epi


Course description

Learn the principles of operational excellence and well-architected framework by following Widget Makers architecting a resilient, performant, and secure AWS solution.

Meet the author

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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