The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam : What’s New

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam : What’s New

04-Jun-2021 19:19:05 pm

The AWS Accredited Solutions Architect Associate examination is becoming a significant upgrade in 2021.  The certificate is a good way to come up with an extensive comprehension of AWS and guarantee your staff is making the very best cloud design choices for your business's requirements.

You are going to find out the way to utilize heart AWS attributes like calculate, media, retrieval, storage, and database to construct and scale cost-efficient fault-tolerant systems.  Most importantly, it lets you pass and take the newest AWS Accredited Solutions Architect Associate SAA-C02 exam.

In the following guide, I will detail the alterations to this AWS Accredited Solutions Architect Associate exam, who must invest their learning period following the certificate, and what these changes imply for those who already completed the certificate.

Who should take the Solutions Architect Associate Exam?

This exam covers a wide range of content and I consider it an integral basis for jobs that require AWS expertise. Tech professionals with Solutions Architect Associate certification receive higher salaries than peers with other AWS certifications. Since the exam covers a wide range of AWS components, IT managers overseeing a team of AWS experts should consider completing this certification so that they have a high-level knowledge of the problems their team members will manage .

5 important new topics on the Solutions Architect Exam

While there are dozens of updates to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam, there are five new subject areas that are relevant to cloud computing experts.

  1. Amazon Global Accelerator:   The importance of this service within the AWS ecosystem is likely to increase in the coming years. AWS Global Accelerator improves application availability and performance for users around the world. It continuously monitors your application endpoints to automatically re-route traffic to new endpoints as needed for best performance.
  2. Amazon FSx:   We'll look at several AWS storage features in this course, but FSx is particularly noteworthy because it provides a file system for enterprise and high-performance workloads. Within minutes, a filesystem can be set up to support HPC for Windows or with Luster as FSX automates time-consuming administrative tasks, including hardware provisioning, software configuration, backup, and patching.
  3. S3 Performance Tips: To prepare for the new exam, we delve deeper into how S3 performance optimization and S3 lifecycle rules work. Amazon has introduced a new S3 storage class, Glacier Deep Archive, which provides long-term storage for large amounts of data. This is on par with expensive off-premises tape archival offerings, but data can be recovered in 12 hours or less.
  4. AWS PrivateLink: An important new part of AWS networking offerings is the AWS PrivateLink service, which easily creates more secure connections between VPCs (Virtual Private Clouds), other AWS services, or on-site applications. The creation of PrivateLink prevents data exposure on the public Internet by keeping network traffic within an AWS instance.
  5. AWS DataSync: The service is seeing increasing importance for companies as it automates and accelerates the copying and moving of data across AWS systems. You might want to know how to use DataSync to transfer data directly to any S3 storage class.

How did I make these course changes so quickly?

The AWS team updates the certificates frequently. But when major changes take place or old practices die out, the certification exam will be a total refresh. In late 2019, I took the beta exam for the new AWS Solutions Architect Certificate and used that experience to design my curriculum updates. I then looked at the documentation provided publicly by Amazon and set off updating the course in time for students to start learning in accordance with the new SAA-C02 exam requirements. 

When creating or updating content, I try to put myself in your student's shoes, asking: "How do I want to learn these topics in the most simple and complete way possible?" I dig into the company's documentation to identify the problems being addressed by the new technologies. Then, I find the most straightforward way of teaching so that students are equipped to not only pass the certification exam but to solve these problems on their own, in their jobs. 

In this curriculum update, students have access to four hours of fresh material and four hours of new instructional material in line with the exam's 2020 changes. The entire course is 22 hours long and includes over 600 slides provided as PDF. It has helped countless students get their AWS certificates with flying colors.

One constant in the world of cloud computing is that cloud computing certification will change as the technology evolves. IT professionals should stay informed about these changes. Have an open learning mindset, and you'll be able to keep your skills fresh and relevant to the IT architecture needs of a modern company.
In addition to learning through courses like mine, follow industry news and attend meetings in your field or conferences to talk and learn with others in your field. I expect AWS to continue to innovate on this front to help deliver more efficient IT architectures to IT teams, so stay tuned for new developments to come.