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"Invention requires two things: 1. The ability to try a lot of experiments, and 2. Not having to live with the collateral damage of failed experiments." ~ Andy Jassy, AWS CEOAmazon Web Services (AWS) - Managed Services

AWS Documentation & Resource – Links

AWS Managed Services – Cheat Sheet Links (Exam Prep)

13 CORE AWS Managed Services:
1. Compute
2. Storage
3. Networking & Content Delivery
4. Database
5. Analytics
6. Security, Identity & Compliance
7. Application Integration
8. Business Applications
9. Migration & Transfer
10. Media Services
11. Desktop & App Streaming
12. Management & Governance
13. AWS Cost Management
• Developer Tools (not on Solutions Architect – Associate exam)

FULL LIST of AWS SERVICES as of March 2019
1 Analytics
2 Application Integration
3 AR & VR
4 AWS Cost Management
5 Blockchain
6 Business Applications
7 Compute
8 Customer Engagement
9 Database
10 Desktop & App Streaming
11 Developer Tools
12 Game Tech
13 Internet Of Things (Iot)
14 Machine Learning
15 Management & Governance
16 Media Services
17 Migration & Transfer
18 Mobile
19 Networking & Content Delivery
20 Robotics
21 Satellite
22 Security, Identity & Compliance
23 Storage

This “Link Dashboard” style website is provided to assist anyone who feels they too are standing at the Cloud Computing Crossroads.

1. So… First I took a best selling class AWS Solutions Architect – Associate by Ryan Kroonenburg.

2. Then after reading through the great class discussion forums on both Ryan Kroonenburg’s Udemy class and his cloud instruction course website, ACloud.Guru, I discovered additional great websites containing painstakingly crafted Cheat Sheets from Jon Bonso at and Jayendra Patil at

I can not say enough good about the great contributions both Jayendra Patil and Jon Bonso have provided for people working on their AWS Certifications.  Please give most of the credit for my website to them.

3. began life as a personal WordPress website running on a laptop VM MAMP Stack to consolidate my Udemy class notes, cheat sheets from JP & JB, plus numerous random web wanderings into an ordered and coherent collection of links and downloads in order to efficiently prepare me for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C01) Exam.

4. So… Inspired by the aforementioned cheat sheet websites and the giving spirit of the many technologists whose work has assisted and inspired me over the years, I decided to make my personal website publicly available to provide potential help to anyone else feeling they too are Standing at the Cloud Computing Crossroads.

Good Luck in your Cloud Endeavors.


• I also highly recommend Jon Bonso’s AWS Certified Solutions Architect Practice Exams for Associate and Professional levels and his AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate Practice Exams all on Udemy.

• And please consider purchasing the highly recommended DolfinEd’s AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Practice Exams through the advertisement in the right-hand column of Jayendra Patil’s website, 2nd advert down.

“Buy lotsa Practice Exams – Ya gunna wanna take lotsa Practice Exams.”  Really…  Seriously…

Amazon Media ServicesAmazon Media Services


Elastic Transcoder

AWS Developer Tools

Amazon Developer Tool Services


“The following is good to know at a very high-level, but is not tested for on the Solutions Architect – Associate exam.”

AWS Developer Tools
AWS Cloud9
AWS CodeStar
AWS CodeCommit
AWS CodePipeline
AWS CodeBuild
AWS CodeDeploy

AWS Global, Regional, & Availability Zone – Managed Service Scope

• AWS Managed Services are Geographically Scoped:  Globally, Regionally or by Availability Zone.
• The vast, vast majority of AWS managed services are REGIONALLY scoped services except for IAM, Route53, CloudFront, WAF, and S3 Buckets which are GLOBAL.
• Specific Reference Architectures are usually required for applications requiring Ultra:  Low Latency, High Throughput, High Availability and Fault Tolerance.

5 AWS Managed Services are GLOBAL   
1. IAM
2. Route 53
3. CloudFront CDN
4. Web Application Firewall WAF
5. S3 Buckets
.   • BUT S3 Data is Regional

Most AWS Managed Services are REGIONAL
1. Resource Identifiers:  Instance ID, AMI ID, EBS Volume ID, etc
2. Auto Scaling
3. S3 Data
4. Storage Gateway
5. EBS Snapshot
6. EC2’s Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
7. DynamoDB
8. VPC
.   • Security groups
.   • VPC Endpoints
.   • VPC Peering
.   • Elastic IP Address (EIA)

A Few Services are AZ level
1. Subnet
2. EC2 Instances
.   • note that an EC2 Instance Instance ID is tied to the REGION
.   • EBS Volumes
.   • EC2 Cluster Placement Groups

• AWS Managed Services with OS Root Privilege
. 1. Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2)
. 2. Elastic MapReduce (EMR)
. 3. Elastic BeanStalk
. 4. OpsWorks

• AWS Does NOT Provide Root Privileges for MANAGED SERVICES like
.  • RDS
.  • DynamoDB
.  • S3
.  • Glacier

RDS with OS Root Privilege
• If you need OS Root Privileges OR your design requires Proprietary RDBMS Features not enabled by RDS
• Then you must use the Non-managed Database Service approach to implementing AWS by installing your chosen RDBMS binaries (e.g. Oracle, MS SQL Server) yourself on an EC2 Compute Instance
.  • Use Case Example:   your application workload’s Throughput, Latency, High Availability & Fault Tolerance specifications specifically requires a 5-node Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) Database in a Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) configuration with an Oracle Active DataGuard Standby Database

Placement Groups
You can launch or start instances in a placement group, which determines how instances are placed on underlying hardware. When you create a placement group, you specify one of the following strategies for the group:

1. Cluster – clusters instances into a low-latency group in a single Availability Zone
2. Partition – spreads instances across logical partitions, ensuring that instances in one partition do not share underlying hardware with instances in other partitions
3. Spread – spreads instances across underlying hardware

There is no charge for creating a placement group.

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