Lab Costs

We ran two AWS 101 labs today, with 19 total participants. The lab guided users through launching two web servers with SSD storage and using an Elastic Load Balancer to direct HTTP traffic to the highly-available cluster.

I checked our bill after the labs concluded:


$4.01 comes out to just over twenty cents per participant. I feel like that’s not too bad.

AWSome Day for IT

This Wednesday (June 8) will kick off our 2016 AWS training schedule, with an AWSome day for IT pros.

Time Session Location
9:00-10:30 AWS 101 Hands-On Lab 1009 Mechanical Engineering Lab
10:45-11:45 Open discussion: requesting and accessing an account, use cases, AWS best practices and solutions L410 Digital Computer Lab
1:00-2:30 AWS 101 Hands-On Lab 1009 Mechanical Engineering Lab

The two lab sessions will be the same. We’re offering two times to serve more people and provide scheduling flexibility. We Each lab sessions can accommodate 40 participants. Please register in advance to guarantee a seat.

AWS staff will be available in the late afternoon to provide one-on-one assistance. Please email if you’d like to schedule some time.

AWS Quick Start


Amazon Web Services is now available at Illinois for research, instruction, and administrative use. You can request access or log into an account at the University of Illinois AWS service gateway:

Amazon will be on campus regularly to provide guided labs and consultation. More information is available in our Spring 2018 Lab Schedule.

You can contact the Illinois AWS team at We’re always available to sit down and discuss whether AWS is a good fit for your unit’s needs, design solutions, or take feedback on how we can improve the service.