Spring 2019 AWS Labs

Here is our Spring 2019 AWS Lab schedule:

  • Friday, April 12: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, 28 Illini Hall
  • Monday, April 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am, 28 Illini Hall
  • Thursday, May 2: 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 27 Illini Hall Full!
  • Tuesday, June 18: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 27 Illini Hall

These are hands-on labs open to University of Illinois faculty, students, and staff. We have a range of lab topics currently available:

  • AWS 101: Putting a web server on the internet
  • Relational Database Service: Databases you don’t have to manage
  • Identity and Access Management: Safely managing permissions
  • S3 and CloudFront: Storing and distributing static web content
  • CloudFormation: Automating AWS with infrastructure as code
  • Lamba: Using function-as-a-service to process images
  • Alces Flight: Building your own personal HPC cluster
  • Elastic MapReduce: Getting started with big data in AWS

Participants may select any lab and work at their own pace with guidance from University of Illinois and Amazon staff. Lab computers are provided, but you’re welcome to bring your laptop if you prefer.

Register here to reserve your seat.

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%.

First Lab of 2019

We’re still working on a full lab schedule for this spring, but we’ll be holding out first lab session of the year this Thursday, January 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 in room 28 Illini Hall.

Please register if you’d like to attend.

Fall 2018 Lab Schedule

Welcome to the new school year. We’ve scheduled AWS training opportunities through the end of the calendar year:

  • Wednesday, September 12: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 28 Illini Hall
  • Wednesday, October 10: 2:30 – 4:30 pm, 27 Illini Hall
  • Thursday, October 25: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 27 Illini Hall
  • Wednesday, November 14: 9:00 – 11:00 am, 27 Illini Hall

These are hands-on labs open to University of Illinois faculty, students, and staff. We have a range of lab topics currently available:

  • AWS 101: Putting a web server on the internet
  • Relational Database Service: Databases you don’t have to manage
  • Identity and Access Management: Safely managing permissions
  • S3 and CloudFront: Storing and distributing static web content
  • CloudFormation: Automating AWS with infrastructure as code
  • Lamba: Using function-as-a-service to process images
  • Alces Flight: Building your own personal HPC cluster
  • Elastic MapReduce: Getting started with big data in AWS

Participants may select any lab and work at their own pace with guidance from University of Illinois and Amazon staff. Lab computers are provided, but you’re welcome to bring your laptop if you prefer.

Register here to reserve your seat.

AWS Containers Workshop

Update 2/7 1:35 pm:

I’ve launched a waitlist. If we have cancellations, I’ll contact waitlist participants to try and find a replacement.

You can register for the waitlist here.

Update 2/7 11:15 am:

Both workshops are full. Thank you for your interest! Based on the quick signups, I’m planning to repeat the workshops on March 21. We’ll run through these workshops first, but once we’ve had an opportunity to identify what worked well and where we might have opportunities to improve, I’ll plan out the details for March 21 and send out another announcement.

Original announcement:

Technology Services will be hosting a free full day AWS workshop on February 21 offering the first two sections of Amazon’s Interstella workshop series.

Part 1 (9:00 to noon) will walk you through the process of packaging a legacy LAMP application into a Docker container.

Part 2 (1:30 to 4:30) will migrate parts of that monolithic application into dedicated microservices, each of which independently auto-scales.

Both workshops will be held in L410 Digital Computer Lab.

I hope this will be interesting to developers, webmasters, and IT pros on campus. This sort of migration should allow us to improve service delivery and reduce the effort needed to operate compatible applications.

Please register here prior to the event. Participants will need to bring a laptop with a web browser and SSH client.