Public Cloud Services Comparison

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.

November 16

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: aws-support@illinois.edu

Cloud Adoption Starting Guide

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.