Have you ever gotten the feeling that cloud providers are trying to confuse you with all their vendor-specific names for commodity services? Ever wondered what major services are available on which clouds? Have I got a resource for you!
Public Cloud Services Comparison
While we don’t yet have a way to buy Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud services on campus, it’s good to know what’s out there and how things compare.
Amazon has been announcing new services and features all week at re:Invent. Check out the list of major service announcements.
Not included in that list, but very exciting for us: IPv6 Support for EC2 Instances in Virtual Private Cloud
We’re holding a single lab session next week, from 2:00 to 4:30 on November 16 in room 1001 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab.
Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.
Update: This lab session is full. Thanks for your interest, everyone!
The following labs will be available:
- AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
- Identity and Access Management
- S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
- Relational Database Service
- Automating AWS with CloudFormation
- Introduction to Lambda
- Building clusters with Alces Flight
- Elastic MapReduce
You may pick any lab from the list, and if time permits, you’re welcome to do more than one.
Want another topic? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a lot of discussions with campus units on how to get started developing a strategic plan for cloud adoption. Common questions are:
- What should we migrate first?
- How do we develop expertise?
- What new roles will become available for our staff?
- How can we put the right people in the right places?
- How can we ensure that all this work benefits our customers?
Amazon has a blog post specifically addressing those questions for higher education. It’s a great resource to jump start your planning efforts. Additionally, our team is always available to meet and talk through any questions or challenges that may come up.
Earlier today, Amazon announced the immediate availability of the us-east-2 region, centered around Columbus, Ohio.
We expect Ohio to be the most interesting AWS region for many Illinois workloads since it’s (much) closer than any of the coastal regions and should offer much improved latency for end-users throughout the midwest.