Fall 2018 Lab Schedule

Welcome to the new school year. We’ve scheduled AWS training opportunities through the end of the calendar year:

  • Wednesday, September 12: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 28 Illini Hall
  • Wednesday, October 10: 2:30 – 4:30 pm, 27 Illini Hall
  • Thursday, October 25: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 27 Illini Hall
  • Wednesday, November 14: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 27 Illini Hall

These are hands-on labs open to University of Illinois faculty, students, and staff. We have a range of lab topics currently available:

  • AWS 101: Putting a web server on the internet
  • Relational Database Service: Databases you don’t have to manage
  • Identity and Access Management: Safely managing permissions
  • S3 and CloudFront: Storing and distributing static web content
  • CloudFormation: Automating AWS with infrastructure as code
  • Lamba: Using function-as-a-service to process images
  • Alces Flight: Building your own personal HPC cluster
  • Elastic MapReduce: Getting started with big data in AWS

Participants may select any lab and work at their own pace with guidance from University of Illinois and Amazon staff. Lab computers are provided, but you’re welcome to bring your laptop if you prefer.

Register here to reserve your seat.

AWS Summit: Chicago

Registration is open for the AWS Chicago Summit, which will be held August 1 and 2 at McCormick Place.

Summits are free and include:

  • Presentations by Amazon, AWS customers, and partner vendors to help you understand what tools are out there and how they’re being used.
  • Workshops which provide guided hands-on experience using AWS products.
  • Half-day and full-day bootcamps for certification preparation or deep experience building cutting-edge applications. Note that bootcamps have a registration cost.

I hope we can send plenty of people from the University of Illinois up to Chicago for a day (or two) to take advantage of this opportunity.

AWS Initiate – Chicago

AWS Initiate is a free conference in Chicago on the 22nd of this month.

Initiate is an introductory event for anyone interested in learning more about cloud services and practices.If you’re unsure what’s out there and how it could be relevant to your work, Initiate should be a good resource.

Anyone getting started on campus is always welcome to sign up for our hands-on labs or schedule some time with a solutions architect. Contact us at aws-support@illinois.edu for more information.

AWS Containers Workshop

Update 2/7 1:35 pm:

I’ve launched a waitlist. If we have cancellations, I’ll contact waitlist participants to try and find a replacement.

You can register for the waitlist here.

Update 2/7 11:15 am:

Both workshops are full. Thank you for your interest! Based on the quick signups, I’m planning to repeat the workshops on March 21. We’ll run through these workshops first, but once we’ve had an opportunity to identify what worked well and where we might have opportunities to improve, I’ll plan out the details for March 21 and send out another announcement.

Original announcement:

Technology Services will be hosting a free full day AWS workshop on February 21 offering the first two sections of Amazon’s Interstella workshop series.

Part 1 (9:00 to noon) will walk you through the process of packaging a legacy LAMP application into a Docker container.

Part 2 (1:30 to 4:30) will migrate parts of that monolithic application into dedicated microservices, each of which independently auto-scales.

Both workshops will be held in L410 Digital Computer Lab.

I hope this will be interesting to developers, webmasters, and IT pros on campus. This sort of migration should allow us to improve service delivery and reduce the effort needed to operate compatible applications.

Please register here prior to the event. Participants will need to bring a laptop with a web browser and SSH client.