Time to Restart & Install Updates! [Study Resources] AWS & Azure

It’s that time of year for me to hit restart and install updates!

I will be looking at refreshing skills in both Azure and AWS. Wish me luck!

A few exams and study resources on my radar below:

Microsoft Azure Exams

AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
AZ-203 Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
AZ-300 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
AZ-301 Microsoft Azure Architect Design
70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

Please note: The following exams retire June 30, 2019!
70-774 Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning
70-775 Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft HDInsight

Udemy and Pluralsight have a selection of courses, Edx.org offers a number of Microsoft Certification Tracks that cover a range of Azure skills:
Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science
Microsoft Professional Program in DevOps
Microsoft Professional Program in Artificial Intelligence

AWS has Updated and New Exam Readiness Courses

Aligned to the recently released AWS Certification exams:
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Security – Specialty

Updated Exam Readiness Courses
Reflect new features, services, and best practices covered in the respective exams:
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
Exam Readiness: AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Another great AWS resource is courses available via ACloud.Guru.

Excellent whitepaper by Kevin Mentzer on AWS arch strategies..

From Kevin’s Linked In: “Ever wondered what some of the best practices are for spinning up an environment in AWS? Well, look no further – my coworkers at Element 84 and myself have put together a white paper for just that thing – https://lnkd.in/egrX-Je – Not quite what you need? No problem – we can also help you with all the newest services from re:Invent, or tried and true EC2. hashtagaws hashtage84″



AWS Re:Invent 2017

This year was my first time attending the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.  It was a great experience!  I sat through presentations on days 1 and 2, switched over to Spotlight and Open Labs on days 3 and 4.  Sat for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate Exam on day 5 … and Passed!

For my SQL friends, SQL Server 2017 on RDS  coming soon!  Plus new capabilities for expanding SQL Server compute ONLINE.