Advanced Architecting on AWS

In this course, each module presents a scenario with an architectural challenge to be solved. You willexamine available AWS services and features as solutions to the problem. You will gain insights byparticipating in problem-based discussions and learning about the AWS services that you could apply tomeet the challenges. Over 3 days, the course goes beyond the basics of a cloud infrastructure and coverstopics to meet a variety of needs for AWS customers. Course modules focus on managing multiple AWSaccounts, hybrid connectivity and devices, networking with a focus on AWS Transit Gateway connectivity,container services, automation tools for continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD), security anddistributed denial of service (DDoS) protection, data lakes and data stores, edge services, migration options,and managing costs. The course concludes by presenting you with scenarios and challenging you toidentify the best solutions.

Course objectives:

This course teaches you how to:

  • Review the AWS Well-Architected Framework to ensure understanding of best cloud design
    practices by responding to poll questions while following a graphic presentation
  • Demonstrate the ability to secure Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) virtual private
    cloud (VPC) endpoint connections in a lab environment
  • Identify how to implement centralized permissions management and reduce risk using AWS
    Organizations organizational units (OUs) and service control policies (SCPs) with AWS Single SignOn
  • Compare the permissions management capabilities of OUs, SCPs, and AWS SSO with and without
    AWS Control Tower to determine best practices based on use cases
  • Discuss AWS hybrid network designs to address traffic increases and streamline remote work while
    ensuring FIPS 140-2 Level 2, or Level 3 security compliance
  • Explore the solutions and products available to design a hybrid infrastructure, including access to
    5G networks, to optimize service and reduce latency while maintaining high security for critical onpremises applications
  • Explore ways to simplify the connection configurations between applications and highperformance workloads across global networks
  • Demonstrate the ability to configure a transit gateway in a lab environment
  • Identify and discuss container solutions and define container management options
  • Build and test a container in a lab environment
  • Examine how the AWS developer tools optimize the CI/CD pipeline with updates based on nearreal-time data
  • Identify the anomaly detection and protection services that AWS offers to defend against DDoS
  • Identify ways to secure data in transit, at rest, and in use with AWS Key Management Service (AWS
    KMS) and AWS Secrets Manager
  • Determine the best data management solution based on frequency of access, and data query and
    analysis needs
  • Set up a data lake and examine the advantages of this type of storage configuration to crawl and
    query data in a lab environment
  • Identify solutions to optimize edge services to eliminate latency, reduce inefficiencies, and mitigate
  • Identify the components used to automate the scaling of global applications using geolocation
    and traffic control
  • Deploy and activate an AWS Storage Gateway file gateway and AWS DataSync in a lab
  • Review AWS cost management tools to optimize costs while ensuring speed and performance
  • Review migration tools, services, and processes that AWS provides to implement effective cloud
    operation models based on use cases and business needs
  • Provide evidence of your ability to apply the technical knowledge and experience gained in the
    course to improve business practices by completing a Capstone Project


This course is intended for cloud architects, solutions architects, and anyone who designs solutions for
cloud infrastructures.


  • Knowledge and experience with core AWS services from the Compute, Storage, Networking, and
    AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) categories
  • Attended the Architecting on AWS classroom training OR
  • Achieved the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification OR
  • Have at least 1 year of experience operating AWS workloads

Course outline:

Module 1: Reviewing Architecting Concepts
-  Group Exercise: Review Architecting on AWS core best practices
-  Lab 1: Securing Amazon S3 VPC Endpoint Communications

Module 2: Single to Multiple Accounts
-  AWS Organizations for multi-account access and permissions
-  AWS SSO to simplify access and authentication across AWS accounts and third-party services
-  AWS Control Tower
-  Permissions, access, and authentication

Module 3: Hybrid Connectivity
-  AWS Client VPN authentication and control
-  AWS Site-to-Site VPN
-  AWS Direct Connect for hybrid public and private connections
-  Increasing bandwidth and reducing cost
-  Basic, high, and maximum resiliency
-  Amazon Route 53 Resolver DNS resolution

Module 4: Specialized Infrastructure
-  AWS Storage Gateway solutions
- On-demand VMware Cloud on AWS
-  Extending cloud infrastructure services with AWS Outposts
-  AWS Local Zones for latency-sensitive workloads
-  Your 5G network with and without AWS Wavelength

Module 5: Connecting Networks
-  Simplifying private subnet connections
-  VPC isolation with a shared services VPC
-  Transit Gateway Network Manager and VPC Reachability Analyzer
-  AWS Resource Access Manager
-  AWS PrivateLink and endpoint services
-  Lab 2: Configuring Transit Gateways

Module 6: Containers
-  Container solutions compared to virtual machines
-  Docker benefits, components, solutions architecture, and versioning
-  Container hosting on AWS to reduce cost
-  Managed container services: Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon
Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS)
-  AWS Fargate
-  Lab 3: Deploying an Application with Amazon EKS on Fargate

Module 7: Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
-  CI/CD solutions and impact
-  CI/CD automation with AWS CodePipeline
-  Deployment models
-  AWS CloudFormation StackSets to improve deployment management

Module 8: High Availability and DDoS Protection
-  Common DDoS attacks layers
-  AWS WAF web access control lists (ACLs), real-time metrics, logs, and security automation
-  AWS Shield Advanced services and AWS DDoS Response Team (DRT) services
-  AWS Network Firewall and AWS Firewall Manager to protect accounts at scale

Module 9: Securing Data
-  What cryptography is, why you would use it, and how to use it
-  AWS CloudHSM architecture
-  FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Level 3 encryption
-  Secrets Manager

Module 10: Large-Scale Data Stores
-  Amazon S3 data storage management including storage class, inventory, metrics, and policies
-  Data lake vs. data warehouse: Differences, benefits, and examples
-  AWS Lake Formation solutions, security, and control
-  Lab 4: Setting Up a Data Lake with Lake Formation

Module 11: Large-Scale Applications
-  What edge services are and why you would use them
-  Improve performance and mitigate risk with Amazon CloudFront
-  Lambda@Edge
-  AWS Global Accelerator: IP addresses, intelligent traffic distribution, and health checks
-  Lab 5: Migrating an On-Premises NFS Share Using AWS DataSync and Storage Gateway

Module 12: Optimizing Cost
-  On-premises and cloud acquisition/deprecation cycles
-  Cloud cost management tools including reporting, control, and tagging
-  Examples and analysis of the five pillars of cost optimization

Module 13: Migrating Workloads
-  Business drivers and the process for migration
-  Successful customer practices
-  The 7 Rs to migrate and modernize
-  Migration tools and services from AWS
-  Migrating databases and large data stores
- AWS Schema Conversion Tool (AWS SCT)

Module 14: Capstone Project
-  Use the Online Course Supplement (OCS) to review use cases, investigate data, and answer
architecting design questions about Transit Gateway, hybrid connectivity, migration, and cost

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