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Practical AWS Networking

By : Mitesh Soni
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Practical AWS Networking

By: Mitesh Soni

Overview of this book

Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the public cloud market by a huge margin and continues to be the first choice for many organizations. Networking has been an area of focus for all the leading cloud service providers. AWS has a suite of network-related products which help in performing network related task on AWS. This book initially covers the basics of networking in AWS. Then we use AWS VPC to create an isolated virtual cloud for performing network-related tasks. We then provide an overview of AWS Direct Connect after taking a deep dive into scalability and load balancing using the auto scaling feature, Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Route S3. Toward the end of the book, we cover troubleshooting tips and security best practices for your network. By the end of this book, you will have hands-on experience of working with network tasks on AWS.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Title Page

Introducing cloud computing

Cloud computing is an on-demand computing resource that provides multi-tenant or dedicated computing resources, such as compute, storage, and network, which are delivered to users over the network.

A network in the form of internet or LAN is based on the deployment model of the cloud. According to NIST's definition of cloud computing, it has both cloud deployment models and cloud service models:

Cloud deployment models define the way resources are deployed, that is, whether they are accessible over LAN or accessible over the internet. There are four cloud deployment models:

  • Public cloud, which is accessible over the internet
  • Private cloud, which is accessible over LAN and owned by an organization
  • Community cloud, where resources are shared by a specific set of organizations that share similar types of interests
  • Hybrid cloud, which combines two or more deployment models to form a cloud based on specific use cases such as databases that are on-premise due to security reasons

The cloud service model defines the way cloud resources are used by taking into consideration their flexibility or the options that are provided to users. There are three cloud service models:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Resources such as compute, storage, and network are accessible to users. Security and control is in the hands of users. The cloud service provider plays a limited role in resource management in this service model.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS): Users get a platform where he/she can deploy a package directly without worrying about setting up a runtime environment. Security and control is in the hands of the cloud service provider. Users can do some configuration for versions of the web server, enable logs, set up load balancers, and so on. Users play a limited role in resource management in this service model.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): The user creates an account, and all of the services are available directly. Office 365, Google Docs, and Zoho Docs are some popular examples of SaaS. The cloud service provider is responsible for resource management in this service model.

Cloud computing has a few characteristics that are significant, such as the multi-tenancy, pay as you go billing model that is similar to electricity billing; an on-demand self service; resource pooling for better utilization of cloud resources; rapid elasticity for scaling up and scaling down instances that are served in case of IaaS or PaaS based on needs in an automated manner; and measured services for billing.

There are many cloud service providers that provide public cloud services in the market. However, among all the providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has established itself as a leader in terms of innovation and the services it provides.

This all began in 2006 when AWS started providing infrastructure services.

Now, AWS services are utilized in more than 190 countries all over the world, and many research firms have announced AWS as a leader in the cloud space as well.