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Complete the Microservice Design & Architecture course and, optionally, get accredited as a Certified Microservice Architect by passing the certification exam. You can purchase the course now and get the exam later, or you can get them together at a discount as part of the Certification Bundle.

Upon completing the course you will receive a digital certificate of completion, as well as a digital training badge from Acclaim/Credly. Because this course encompasses both the Microservice Professional and Microservice Architect certifications, upon passing the exam you will also receive official Microservice Professional and Microservice Architect digital accreditation certificates and certification badges from Acclaim/Credly, along with an account that can be used to verify your certification status.

If you already completed the Microservice Professional course modules, you can purchase a partial course (or a partial bundle) with only the modules specific to the Microservice Architect track here.

The Microservice Design & Architecture course is comprised of the following 5 course modules, each of which has an estimated completion time of 10 hours:

  • Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices
  • Module 2: Microservice Technology Concepts
  • Module 9: Fundamental Microservice Architecture & Containerization
  • Module 10: Advanced Microservice Architecture & Containerization
  • Module 11: Microservice Architecture & Containerization Lab

Choose the Certification Bundle to receive the entire course together with the online-proctored certification exam and a set of practice exam questions, all at a bundle discount.

Upon purchasing this course, you will automatically receive access via the Online Interactive eLearning platform. To provide you with the greatest flexibility, you will also have the option to access the course materials via two additional eLearning formats, at no extra cost. All three eLearning formats are briefly described below. A more detailed comparison can be found here.
  1. For everyday learning: An online interactive eLearning platform with individual lessons, as well as interactive and automatically graded exercises and practice questions.
  2. For learning on-the-go: A study kit platform with access to full course documents that support online/offline synching, annotations, comments, custom bookmarks and cross-document searches.
  3. For your reference: A set of printable PDF documents that you can keep (for all course workbooks and posters).
All three forms of access are subject to Arcitura’s *. Upon purchase, access to the online interactive eLearning platform (1) is provided within one business day. Access to the study kits (2) and the PDF documents (3) is provided upon request.

Shown below are the digital contents and the topic outline for each course module:

Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices

This course module provides an easy to understand, end-to-end overview of contemporary service-oriented computing, including concepts and technologies pertaining to modern-day services and microservices, as well as business and technology-related topics pertaining to service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Symbol Legend Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Posters (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Business and Technology Drivers for SOA, Services and Microservices
  • Strategic Goals and Benefits of Service-Oriented Computing
  • Plain English Introduction to Services and Microservices
  • Fundamental Characteristics of a Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Understanding Service-Orientation as a Design Paradigm, including coverage of the Four Pillars of Service-Orientation
  • Introduction to Service Layers, Service Models and Service Compositions

  • Service Inventories, Service Layers and Service API Governance and Management
  • Introduction to Common Service Technologies, including API Gateways, Virtualization, Containerization
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cloud Services
  • Adoption Impacts and Requirements, including considerations for Governance, Infrastructure, Performance and Standardization

Module 2: Microservice Technology Concepts

This course module focuses on modern service technologies, models and concepts that have established de facto implementation mediums for building contemporary services-based solutions. Also covered are fundamental terms, concepts and models pertaining to cloud computing and cloud-based services.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Comparing Service Implementation Mediums
  • Service Roles and Service Agents
  • Message Exchange Patterns and Service Activities
  • Basic XML, XML Schema, JSON and JSON Schema Concepts
  • HTTP Methods, Response Codes and Headers
  • Basic REST Service Concepts, including Properties and Constraints
  • REST Services, Contracts, Resources and Messaging

  • Hypermedia and Late Binding
  • Basic WSDL and SOAP Concepts
  • WS-* Technologies
  • Web Service Contracts, Messaging and Registries
  • Cloud Computing Concepts
  • Vertical and Horizontal Scaling
  • Multitenancy, Elasticity and Resiliency
  • On-Demand Usage, Ubiquitous Access and Measured Usage
  • Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds
  • IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

Module 9: Fundamental Microservice Architecture & Containerization

This course module establishes foundational microservice architecture and design principles, and further introduces containerization concepts and container characteristics, along with a series of enabling technologies and technology drivers for cloud-based microservices. A set of fundamental design patterns are provided and the module concludes with an overview of DevOps process and practices.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Supplement
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Microservice Architecture
  • Common Microservice Design Challenges
  • Microservices and Design Granularity
  • Microservice Guiding Design Principles
  • Introduction to Containerization
  • Containerization vs. Virtualization
  • Fundamental Container Architecture Elements
  • Container Engines, Build Files, Images and Networking
  • Microservice Automation, Logging and Monitoring

  • Microservice Instance Registration
  • Scaling Technology, Basic Scalability Types and Mechanisms
  • Technology Drivers for Cloud-based Microservice Deployments
  • Micro Task Abstraction and Micro Task Segregation
  • Rich Containers and Logical Pod Containers
  • DevOps Practices and Benefits
  • DevOps Stages and Toolchains
  • Domain-Driven Design and Microservices

Module 10: Advanced Microservice Architecture & Containerization

This course module provides an in-depth exploration of the practices, models and technology architectures behind microservices and containerization.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Supplement
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Microservice Compositions and Compositor Services
  • Autonomous Proxy Services
  • Shared Isolated Databases
  • Microservice Layers and Isolation Levels
  • Pre-Defined Data Views
  • Microservice Instance Registrations
  • Workload Distribution and Service Load Balancing
  • Synchronized Cross-Instance Events
  • Event-Driven Messaging for Microservices
  • Atomic Event Processing and Appended Events
  • Centralized Isolated State Databases
  • Container Chains
  • Single-Node Multi-Containers

  • Multi-Container Isolation Control
  • Volatile Container Configurations
  • Serverless Microservice Deployments
  • Dynamic Scalability Models
  • Micro Scatter-Gather Compositions
  • Leader Node Election for Microservice Instances
  • Redundant Microservice Implementations
  • Microservice Composition Autonomy
  • Container Sidecars and Microservice Ambassadors
  • Log Aggregation for Microservices
  • Distributed Diagnostics for Microservices

Module 11: Microservice Architecture & Containerization Lab

This course module allows attendees to apply the concepts, processes, techniques, patterns and principles previously covered in order to a complete a set of microservice architecture exercises. Participants are required to analyze case study backgrounds and carry out a series of exercises to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the goal of producing architectural solutions or fulfilling specific solution requirements.

Course Module Contents

  • Lab Exercise Booklet
  • Mind Map Poster
  • Lab Exercise Posters

  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Exercise Booklet and Posters (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Reading Exercise 11.1: Case Study Background: Cube Cars
  • Lab Exercise 11.2: Establishing a Microservice Scaling Architecture
  • Lab Exercise 11.3: Redesigning the CubeSoft Microservices
  • Lab Exercise 11.4: Scaling the Customer Notification Microservice

  • Reading Exercise 11.5: Case Study Background: XYZ Travel Agency
  • Lab Exercise 11.6: Extending the XYZ Microservice Architecture
  • Lab Exercise 11.7: Optimizing the Payroll Microservice Architecture
  • Lab Exercise 11.8: Designing a New Performance Review Solution

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