AWS Backup and Fargate Price Drop

Amazon announced AWS Backup yesterday. Backup provides a central interface to manage backup strategies for:

  • Elastic Block Store
  • Elastic File System
  • Relational Database Server
  • DynamoDB
  • Storage Gateway volumes

Backed up data is securely stored in Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, and configurable to cycle into Glacier if you prefer.

Automating and verifying backups has been a common need on campus, and now it’s built in for free. I expect the service to incorporate additional services in the future.

Earlier this month Amazon announced a price reduction for Fargate. I’ve worked with a number of groups who weren’t sure how to balance convenience and costs. The new pricing is between 35% and 50% less expensive, depending on your configuration, which makes it more attractive to run your containers without any management of the underlying infrastructure.

C-U AWS User Group Meeting This Friday

The Champaign-Urbana AWS User Group will hold its first meeting this Friday (9/28) at noon at Research Park. Miha Kralj from Accenture will be presenting on cloud platform selection. Full details are available on the event Meetup.

This is a community-hosted event which I hope will be interesting and useful to our adoption of cloud technologies here at the University.

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 for more information.