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AWS - certification

M M asked
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Last Modified: 2020-04-25
Can anyone share your knowledge on obtaining the AWS certification(s). I would like to self learn. Is that possible? Any other helpful information that you can share with? I don't have any AWS experience but I have a good experience with Microsoft Azure.

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David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019

https://aws.amazon.com/certification/ provides your starting point.

Random Aside...

Helpful information, eh...

I got interested in... Internet possibilities, years ago... before there were domain names + email occur through UUCP by maps + dial up modems attempting to push email across the world, to avoid long distance charges.

Advice I give anyone starting out is simple.

Design a for profit project, then research what you think is the best tech, then bootstrap your project.

I have what I call my "Sunset Rule" - If I can turn an idea into 1x manual sale by sunset, I figure my idea is flawed.

Start with some project, build from there.

Project targets of income amounts, implementation time, scalability are my personal... compass for picking technology...

As you implement a variety of projects, you'll develop your own targets + identify the technologies best suited to meeting your targets.

You may find AWS is useful or not.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019

I'd say yes.

AWS is complex. There are many parts to AWS... depending on exactly how you categorize all Amazon's tech in your head.

Just start spinning up instances + playing with the tech.

Just jump in + start playing.

To extend my comment above about my early interest in the Net.

I followed my interest over the years, implementing many projects for myself for clients in partnerships.

The more experience you gain, the more tech you'll play with. Eventually you'll have a Toolbox of tech to pull from.

Play with everything. AWS. Dedicated Servers. LXD. Docker. Build your own unique Toolbox.
M MDeveloper


I am seeing they have a recommended knowledge and experience - 2 years of hands on experience. Not sure if this mandatory. Also, are there any sites or firms that provide training?  I am mainly focused on - Data Analytics.
Fractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019
AWS is more provisioning centric (OS) verses application centric (Data Analytics).

The entry point for AWS tech is basically to setup your own hosting infrastructure, then add on other layers of technology.

A corollary is to lease a dedicated server, install a LAMP Stack (Linux/Apache/MariaDB/PHP/OpenSSL), then write application code.

So AWS, relates to tech you build from the ground up to support Site/App/API/microservice code you write.

Data Analytics - is more the Site/App/API/microservice code.

At least to me, AWS is very different than Data Analytics (App) code.

Your starting point will probably be to work with AWS for a while before investing in the certification process.

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M MDeveloper


Thank you David.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2019

You're welcome!

Enjoy your learning!
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