The AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C03) exam covers a breadth of topics, including the right choice of AWS services under different conditions and constraints, setting up high-availability architectures, disaster recovery, hybrid cloud models, networking/routing traffic in different configurations, etc.
Answering AWS SAA Questions
Many questions on the exam start by presenting a situation and identifying constraints (e.g. a database must be stored on-prem, data in transit must be encrypted) that help rule out answers that would otherwise be viable. The question then usually asks to you select the answer (an AWS service, feature, option, etc.) that optimizes a variable such as:
This is meant to simulate the problems Solutions Architect face day-to-day on the job. The design of an architecture has to optimize certain variables and suffice constraints.
AWS Cloud Practitioner: A Prerequisite for AWS SAA?
Although the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification is not a prerequisite for the AWS SAA exam, I found it very helpful to study for the AWS Cloud Practitioner, especially to learn the basics of the many AWS services. Check out my AWS Cloud Practitioner (ACP) Study Notes.
300 Instance Types across 5 Instance Families
Instance Purchasing Options
VPC, SUBNETS, NETWORKING
Public Subnet vs. Private Subnet
3 Types of Network Adapters
Security Groups vs. Network ACL (NACL)
Amazon Route 53
AWS Services Calling into a VPC
Elastic Load Balancers
AWS Direct Connect (DX) Gateway
AWS Transit Gateway
Disaster Recovery (DR)
Amazon Aurora Global Database
AWS Storage Gateway
Copying and Converting
SERVICES FOR ARCHITECTURE
Amazon API Gateway
AWS Global Accelerator
AWS STS (Security Token Service)
MANY MORE AWS SERVICES
Although the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification is not a prerequisite for the AWS SAA exam, I found it very helpful to study for the AWS Cloud Practitioner, especially to learn the basics of the many AWS services. Check out my AWS Cloud Practitioner (ACP) Study Notes especially to review a fuller list of AWS services such as:
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