Key Concepts Covered in AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification

Atharva Gulhane
3 min readAug 21


Continuing our journey into the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification, let’s explore some of the key concepts you’ll encounter on the exam. These concepts form the foundation of AWS cloud computing and are essential for anyone entering the world of cloud technology.

AWS Global Infrastructure

Understanding how AWS is structured globally is crucial. You’ll learn about AWS Regions (geographical areas), Availability Zones (isolated data centers), and how they provide high availability and fault tolerance.

AWS Services: Familiarize yourself with essential AWS services

  • Amazon EC2: Elastic Compute Cloud provides scalable compute capacity in the cloud.
  • Amazon S3: Simple Storage Service is used for scalable object storage.
  • Amazon RDS: Relational Database Service offers managed relational databases.
  • Amazon IAM: Identity and Access Management helps control access to AWS resources.
  • Amazon VPC: Virtual Private Cloud allows you to create isolated networks within AWS.
  • Amazon CloudWatch: Monitoring and observability service that collects and tracks metrics, events, and logs.

AWS Pricing and Billing

Understand AWS pricing models, such as on-demand, reserved, and spot instances. Learn about factors affecting costs, like data transfer and storage.

Security and Compliance

Gain insight into AWS security best practices and compliance measures. Understand the shared responsibility model and how both AWS and customers contribute to security.

AWS Well-Architected Framework

Discover the five pillars of a well-architected framework: operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization. These principles guide architects in building reliable and scalable systems on AWS.

AWS Support Plans

Learn about AWS support plans and how they offer different levels of technical assistance, including access to AWS Trusted Advisor for optimizing your infrastructure.

AWS Cloud Adoption Framework

Understand the phases of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework, which provides guidance on cloud adoption strategies and best practices for organizations.

Basic Cloud Concepts

Grasp foundational cloud concepts such as elasticity, scalability, agility, and disaster recovery.

As you prepare for the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam, make sure to delve into each of these areas. Remember, this certification is not just about memorizing terms but understanding how they fit into the broader context of cloud computing.

In our next blog post, we’ll discuss exam-taking strategies and provide some additional resources to help you succeed.



Atharva Gulhane

Software Engineer @JPMorgan Chase & Co. || Former Samsung PRISM Research Intern || Web Developer || CSE VIT’22