AWS Training Opportunities and EFS cost savings

This week’s most relevant AWS updates:

Architecting on AWS in Chicago

This is a three-day in-classroom course that will give you a jump start to building IT infrastructure on AWS in a performant and cost-effective way. Cost is $1,800.

We also have a few webinars coming up focused on higher education:

Going All In: Adtalem’s Cloud Migration Strategy

Adtalem (formerly DeVry) executed a bold strategy to migrate their entire on-premises infrastructure to AWS in less than two years. This free webinar will be presented on March 21st at 1:00 pm Central Time.

How Cornell university Uses the Cloud to Reimagine Course Delivery

This pre-recorded webinar is available to view any time. It describes how Cornell professors uses cloud-based application streaming to make computational resources easily available to students and how they were able to build on those tools to add interactivity to their lectures.

AWS Innovate: AI Edition

AWS Innovate is an online conference series, and the next event will feature three tracks of AI presentations. Registration is free, and the conference will take place from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm Central Time on March 5.

Finally, we have a service update that’s relevant to some of our campus use cases:

Amazon EFS Introduces Lower Cost Storage Class

Amazon’s Elastic File System is a hosted NFS solution that provides high availability and redundancy while maintaining compatibility with existing configurations. Because it replicates data across three different availability zones, it’s been one of the more expensive storage options. This week, Amazon introduced lifecycle management and an “Infrequent Access” (IA) storage tier to EFS. With lifecycle management configured, all files which haven’t been accessed in 30 days will automatically be moved to IA storage, dropping costs by as much as 85%.

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.