July 27

Our next Amazon training day is Wednesday, July 27.

All labs will be held in room 1009 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.

Please email aws-support@illinois.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for future topics.

AWS 101 (Lab, 9:30 – 11:30)

Learn the basics of the AWS web console. You will create an EC2 instance and make it work as a webserver. If there’s time, you can clone it, add an Elastic Load Balancer, and create a highly-available web server cluster.

This is a repeat of the AWS 101 lab we’ve run in previous weeks. No previous knowledge of AWS is required.

AWS RDS (Lab, 1:00 – 2:30)

Try out Amazon’s Relational Database Service. RDS is one of the most immediately useful Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings in Amazon’s catalog. It doesn’t require patching, monitoring, or backup management from our local staff, so it can quickly reduce the effort required to run our services.

Automating AWS (Lab, 2:45 – 4:15)

Use AWS CloudFormation to build a service, then tear it down and recreate the whole thing with one click. Automation is key to zero-downtime software updates, scalability, and disaster planning, and I recommend this as a course to anyone interested in maximizing uptime, building clusters, or scaling your service on demand.


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