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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
About the Author
About the Reviewer


Cloud computing has definitely matured and evolved a lot ever since its conception. Practically all major industries and top fortune 500 companies today run their application workloads on clouds to reap all sorts of benefits, ranging from reduced costs, better availability of their applications, and easier manageability to on-demand scalability, and much more! At the forefront of this cloud innovation is a market leader like no other: Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS provides a ton of easy-to-use products and services that you can leverage to build, host, deploy, and manage your applications on the cloud. It also provides a variety of ways to interact with these services, such as SDKs, APIs, CLIs, and even a web-based management console.

This book is a one stop shop where you can find all there is to getting started with the core AWS services, which include EC2, S3, RDS, VPCs, and a whole lot more! If you are a sysadmin or an architect or someone who just wants to learn and explore various aspects of administering AWS services, then this book is the right choice for you! Each chapter of this book is designed to help you understand the individual services' concepts as well as gain hands-on experience by practicing simple and easy to follow steps. The chapters also highlight some key best practices and recommendations that you ought to keep in mind when working with AWS.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introducing Amazon Web Services, covers the introductory concepts and general benefits of cloud computing along with an overview of Amazon Web Services and its overall platform. The chapter also walks you through your first AWS signup process, and finally ends with the configuration of the AWS CLI.

Chapter 2, Security and Access Management, discusses the overall importance of security and how you can achieve it using an AWS core service known as Identity and Access Management (IAM). The chapter walks you through the steps required to create and administer AWS users, groups, as well as how to create and assign permissions and policies to them.

Chapter 3, Images and Instances, provides hands-on knowledge about EC2 instances and images, and how you can create and manage them using both the AWS Management Console as well as the AWS CLI.

Chapter 4, Security, Storage, Networking and Lots More!, discusses some of the key aspects that you can leverage to provide added security for your applications and instances. The chapter also provides an in-depth overview of EC2 instance storage as well as networking options followed by some recommendations and best practices.

Chapter 5, Building Your Own Private Clouds Using Amazon VPC, introduces you to the concept and benefits provided by AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service. The chapter also provides an in-depth look at various VPC deployment strategies and how you can best leverage them for your own environments.

Chapter 6, Monitoring Your AWS Infrastructure, covers AWS's primary monitoring service, called as Amazon CloudWatch. In this chapter, you will learn how to effectively create and manage alerts, loggings, and notifications for your EC2 instances, as well as your AWS environment.

Chapter 7, Manage Your Applications with Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing, discusses some of the key AWS services that you should leverage to create a dynamically scalable and highly available web application.

Chapter 8, Database-as-a-Service Using Amazon RDS, provides an in-depth look at how you can effectively design, create, manage, and monitor your RDS instances on AWS.

Chapter 9, Working with Simple Storage Service, provides practical knowledge and design considerations that you should keep in mind when working with Amazon's infinitely scalable and durable object storage known as Amazon S3.

Chapter 10, Extended AWS Services for Your Application, provides a brief overview of add-on AWS services that you can leverage for enhancing your applications' performance and availability.

What you need for this book

To start using this book, you will need the following set of software installed on your local desktop:

  • An SSH client such as Putty, a key generator such as PuttyGen, and a file transferring tool such as WinSCP

  • Any modern web browser, preferably Mozilla Firefox

Who this book is for

This book is intended for any and all IT professionals who wish to learn and implement AWS for their own environments and application hosting. Although no prior experience or knowledge is required, it will be beneficial for you to have basic Linux knowledge as well as some understanding of networking concepts and server virtualization.


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