AWS Solutions Architect – Associate Background
The Solutions Architect – Associate certification, or SA-Associate for short, seems to have been designed for System Administrators and System Engineers that are looking to transfer their skills to the AWS cloud. A lot of the certification and training focuses on concepts familiar to these people such as redundancy, failover and high availability. This certification is the closest thing AWS offers for a broad AWS certification. It’s been described as “a mile wide and an inch deep”. You will need to know the majority of the services that Amazon offers but for the majority of those services you will only need to know what they do and some basic configuration options. The exception to this are EC2, S3 and VCPs. These services are the cornerstone of AWS and coincidentally also the cornerstone of the Solutions Architect – Associate certification.
This exam is challenging because of the breadth of content that it covers but I found the questions to be very fairly worded and easy to understand. The questions were also valuable questions that you would use in your actual job as opposed to memorizing specific metrics or minutia.