Amazon Web Services Lab Reminder – Sept. 27

The Amazon Web Services team at Illinois will be holding the next AWS Lab Session on Wednesday, September 27 from 9:15-11:15am in 27 Illini Hall. Please register to attend.

During each lab session, you’ll have your choice of topics:

  • 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 run through multiple labs if time allows. An Amazon solutions architect will be on-site with our local staff to offer technical assistance and discuss cloud topics.

Technology Services will grant you access to a shared AWS account for the lab; you don’t need your own. Computers will be available onsite, though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer.

AWS Labs are scheduled through December. They are posted to cloud.illinois.edu.

Read-replica Support for Apache HBase

You can now create read-replica Apache HBase clusters pointed to the same underlying HBase tables in Amazon S3 on Amazon EMR release 5.7.0. Apache HBase is a distributed, non-relational database built for random, strictly consistent realtime access for tables with billions of rows and millions of columns. By using read-replicas, you can increase availability by creating HBase clusters in different Amazon EC2 Availability Zones that read from the same dataset in Amazon S3.

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Amazon EMR now supports launching clusters with custom Amazon Linux AMIs

You can now create Amazon EMR clusters with custom Amazon Machine Images (AMI) running Amazon Linux. This enables you to preload additional software on your AMI and use AMIs that you customize and control. You can also encrypt the Amazon EBS root volume of your AMIs with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) keys. Additionally, you can now adjust the Amazon EBS root volume size for instances in your Amazon EMR cluster. Previously, this was fixed at 10 GiB.

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Coming Soon: Microsoft Azure at Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has signed a contract with Microsoft to be able to provide access to Microsoft Azure cloud resources. Ultimately, the goal is to create a system similar to the current Amazon Web Services at Illinois offering where University staff and researchers can procure Azure resources while staying aligned with the University’s needs. Now that we have a contract in place, Technology Services is currently working through the logistics required to provision Microsoft Azure resources and re-bill through the University. Continue reading