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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By : Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar
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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By: Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar

Overview of this book

AWS is at the forefront of Cloud Computing today. Many businesses are moving away from traditional datacenters and toward AWS because of its reliability, vast service offerings, lower costs, and high rate of innovation. Because of its versatility and flexible design, AWS can be used to accomplish a variety of simple and complicated tasks such as hosting multitier websites, running large scale parallel processing, content delivery, petabyte storage and archival, and lots more. Whether you are a seasoned sysadmin or a rookie, this book will provide you with all the necessary skills to design, deploy, and manage your applications on the AWS cloud platform. The book guides you through the core AWS services such as IAM, EC2, VPC, RDS, and S3 using a simple real world application hosting example that you can relate to. Each chapter is designed to provide you with the most information possible about a particular AWS service coupled with easy to follow hands-on steps, best practices, tips, and recommendations. By the end of the book, you will be able to create a highly secure, fault tolerant, and scalable environment for your applications to run on.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
AWS Administration – The Definitive Guide
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Recommendations and best practices

The following are some key recommendations and best practices to keep in mind when working with CloudWatch:

  • Create a monitoring plan for your infrastructure and abide by it. Note down all the metrics that you need to collect along with the method of its collection before actually deploying your infrastructure on the cloud.

  • Monitor each and every aspect of your infrastructure, including EC2 instances, EBS volumes, Elastic Load Balancers, and so on. Create specific alarms for monitoring each AWS resource independently

  • Avoid storing secret and access keys in your instances, and instead create and use specific IAM roles for permitting the instances to communicate with CloudWatch.

  • Create and check log files periodically for application or instance related faults and alerts.

  • Perform stress tests on your application and instances and create alarms that respond accordingly.