• Length:
    5 Weeks
  • Effort:
    2–4 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Level:
    Intermediate
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
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Prerequisites

  • Prior application development experience
  • Experience with the AWS Management Console
  • Recommended: AWS Developer Professional Series (Building on AWS, Deploying on AWS, Optimizing on AWS)

About this course

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This course introduces you to container technologies and how they can be used to modernize your applications, as well as exploring how different AWS services can be used to manage and orchestrate those containers.

Container technologies have existed for years, and are still gaining popularity. Two of the most prevalent options are Docker and Kubernetes - each with its own distinct set of features. Regardless of which technology you choose, one of the biggest challenges with containers is their orchestration. Unlike traditional, monolithic applications where you can only scale at a macro level - an executable, for example - containerized applications scale at the container level. When coupled with a microservices approach, each container can contain the code necessary to execute a single task or function. While this provides a number of benefits, a single application can consist of hundreds of containerized microservices. How do you handle starting, stopping, scaling out and scaling in all of these containers?
AWS offers a number of services that help with container orchestration, including Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Amazon Lightsail, and Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR). Throughout this course, expert instructors will dive deep into these services as well as general container technologies and capabilities.

This course uses a combination of video-based lectures, delivered by AWS technical trainers, demonstrations, and hands-on lab exercises (Verified Learners only), to enable you to deploy and manage a containerized application.

What you'll learn

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  • What containers are
  • How containers differ from virtual machines (VMs)
  • How Docker containers can be used to build and deploy microservices-based applications
  • How to simplify container management and orchestration with Amazon Elastic Cloud Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
  • How AWS Fargate simplifies cluster management
  • How AWS AppMesh facilitates the communication between application components
  • Use Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights to collect performance metrics and log them to a centralized location

Week 1

  • Course and Instructor Introductions
  • Containers Described
  • Docker Basics
  • Docker Files and Semantics
  • Docker CLI and Logging
  • Amazon Elastic Cloud Repository (ECR)
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • Docker Images: Union File Systems and Copy on Write

Week 2

  • Microservices
  • Introduction to AWS Fargate
  • AWS Fargate Demonstration
  • Container Networking
  • Persistent Storage
  • Amazon CloudWatch Container Insights

Week 3

  • Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)
  • ECS Components
  • Scheduling and Task Placement
  • ECS Cluster Demonstrations 1-3

Week 4

  • What does Kubernetes look like?
  • Introduction to Amazon Elastic Kubernetes System (EKS)
  • EKS Demonstration
  • Scaling with K8s
  • Kubernetes Ecosystem

Week 5

  • Service Discovery
  • Envoy and AWS AppMesh
  • AppMesh Demonstration
  • AppMesh and Fargatte Demonstration
  • Observability

Meet your instructors

Seph Robinson
Technical Trainer
Amazon Web Services
Morgan Willis
Senior Technical Trainer
Amazon Web Services
Rick Hurst
Technical Curriculum Architect
Amazon Web Services
Alana Layton
Technical Curriculum Developer
Amazon Web Services

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Frequently asked questions

Q. Are there any prerequisites for this course?
A. There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, we recommend that leaners have a general understanding of cloud computing and security concepts.

Q. Is it a requirement that I complete the AWS Professional Developer Series on edX before taking this course?
A. No this is not a requirement.

Q. Are there any costs associated with this course?
A. Learners can register for the course in an Audit track or Verified Certificate track. The Audit track is free, but has restrictions. The Verified Certificate track costs $49 and provides full access to course content for the duration. Please visit edx.org for more information.

Q. Are there hands-on activities in this course?
A. Yes, this course includes hands-on lab exercises. However, these exercises are restricted to learners in the Verified Certificate Track. Learners in the Audit Track can view recorded demonstrations of the lab exercises.

Q. How much time will this course require?
A. If following the weekly schedule, learners should plan to spend 2-4 hours per week on this course. However, learners may complete the course at their own pace.

Q. Will I receive a certificate for this course?
A. Learners enrolled in the Verified Certificate path will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Q. What is the grading policy for this course?
A. All learners may take weekly quizzes, which are not graded and allow unlimited retries.

Learners in the Verified Certificate track are able to take the final course assessment in the course. Passing the final assessment is required to obtain the Verified Certificate.

Learners in the Audit track will not have access to the final assessment, and will not be able to earn a certificate.

Q. How are discussions used in this course?
A. This course has discussion groups aligned to each week of the course. We encourage learners to ask questions or offer suggestions and feedback. AWS Instructors will monitor the discussion groups to answer questions specific to the exercises and topics covered in the course.

Q. When will course content be available?
A. All course content will be available when the course opens. Since AWS frequently publishes service updates and new features/functionality, there may be a need to update the course content during its lifetime. If course content is updated, a notice will be placed on the course home page.

Q. Will this course help me prepare for an AWS Certification?
A. Earning an AWS Certification typically requires both knowledge and experience. While this course, if taken in isolation, will provide you with baseline information about cloud security, it will not equip you to earn an AWS Certification. For more information about AWS Certifications, including recommended training and experience requirements, visit aws.amazon.com/certification.