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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

Now that we have come to the end of this chapter, let us look at some key recommendations and best practices that you need to keep in mind when working with ELBs and Auto Scaling:

  • Plan and provide the ELB with enough of a grace period (by default its 300 seconds) so that it does not put an instance in the unhealthy state even before the application has had time to initialize completely.

  • Use Amazon Route 53 and provide a suitable domain name for your applications. Additionally, leverage Route 53 to balance your application's load across multiple regions as well.

  • Although ELBs can handle large loads (up to 20k/sec), they can only do so if the load increases gradually, say over a period of several hours. If your application spikes in load in minutes rather than hours, then you are better off by using pre-warmed ELBs. To know more about pre-warmed ELBs and how to get them, refer to

  • Configure HTTPS and...