Learn AWS #2 – Give Me Details

Here are some great resources that will provide you a lot more details. They also come with the right price, free.

  •  Sign up for a free account so that you can play around.
  •  Kindle edition of the book, Getting Started with AWS
  •     Note that AWS changes are the speed of Cloud. It is still evolving in terms of management functions, tools, and menus. While the books is fairly accurate on the capabilities, the options are not usually where they are. For example, if you want to set a billing alert so that you don’t accidentally get charged too much for your usage, the book calls out different navigation menu, which has been deprecated. That said, these type of changes are very common to all cloud providers. The Amazon navigation menu is intuitive enough that you will figure it out.

Learn Amazon Web Services (AWS) #1

Prologue

The purpose of this series to share my take on AWS. The primary objective here is to create a learning experience on AWS through short lessons. The target audience are IT architects, developers, and geeks who want to show off to pretty girls (it does not work that way).

My goal here is not to conduct long drawn lectures. There are fantastic classes from PluralSight, InfiniteSkills, and other companies for this. Rather, I will be sharing short lessons, how-to tips, and links to web pages that I find useful for learning AWS. When you start  picking on my articles, you know you have become a master of AWS. We can grab a cup of coffee and discuss our views at that point.

This blog is not for those who do not want to be bothered by details of underlying infrastructure.

Warning – Some of my remarks and puns might offend you. Feel free to worship me (desired) or insult me (anticipated).

What is Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

AWS is a collection of infrastructure (IaaS) and platform (PaaS) services geared for Cloud. These capabilities are beautifully architect for high availability and self-service. Due to the competition from Google and Microsoft, these services are getting amazingly cheaper.

AWS provides awesome raw power to anyone who needs to rent raw Compute on the cheap (CPU, Storage, Memory, and some variations of OS, messaging, and workflow).An useful diagram on what is AWS  (courtesy of Amazon’s book ‘Getting Started with AWS’ book)

AWS Offerings

Note that Amazon does not provide a SaaS implementation like Salesforce or NetSuite. Its idea is that you will build a successful SaaS offering using their toolbox.

For the visual learners, here is a short video on AWS: http://aws.amazon.com/getting-started/ . This video would have been more credible to me, if the audio had an Indian accent. 😉 Someone should work on dynamic localization of promotional videos based on browser’s default language.  It is a conversation for another day.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

I got interested in AWS a while ago. Since its humble beginning as IaaS space, AWS has grown to be a the standard bearer for how to execute a worldwide IaaS and PaaS services. 

I can think of many reasons you want to use AWS. 

1) Best platform for standing up a test environment rapidly. Esp., for concurrency testing, load testing, multi-platform testing. 

2) Quickly launch your consultant at client sites. Create AMIs with your desired platform configuration. Send your consultant to client site on a business class flight and Cadillac rental. With in 10 minutes on the site, your consultant can spin off a dev environment or a dev cluster through AWS.

3) Host legacy applications and DB. 

4) Record management

6) Rent large scale computing power without large up front cost

5) The list goes on.

Great job, Amazon.

So far, I am impressed with that they have to offer