Vol. 20, #30 - July 27, 2015 - Issue #1040
This week's newsletter is all about Amazon Web Services and provides you with some resources you can use to learn more about how you can use Amazon's popular cloud computing platform. Amazon is an amazing company but sometimes I wonder whether it might be an outpost for a future Borg invasion of our planet, especially when I consider the following Dilbert comic strip:
Actually I can't wait to be assimilated...
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And now on to the main topic of this week's newsletter...
A few of us have been piloting both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for some time now for a cloud initiative we've been considering, and I have to say I'm really impressed with both platforms. They both have a terrific assortment of development tools available and have varied and robust management tools. Ultimately it'll probably boil down to cost if we ever get this thing off the ground. For those of you who aren't familiar yet with AWS, the lists of resources below should help you get started as we've included a selection of both Amazon and third-party blogs on the subject including some terrific articles from our own TechGenix site InsideAWS.com. And we'll also do something similar for Microsoft Azure in a future issue of WServerNews.
First, here are some "official" resources from Amazon concerning their cloud platform:
AWS home page
What's New from Amazon Web Services
AWS Free Tier (try out AWS for free!)
Getting Started with AWS
Next let's look at some TechGenix articles from our own InsideAWS.com website:
Getting Started with AWS
Improve IT Governance with AWS
Security Best Practices for AWS (IaaS) EC2
Importing a Virtual Machine into Amazon EC2
Microsoft + AWS: A Winning Combo
Doing your Database on AWS
There are also a bunch of different "official" AWS blogs that contain both useful technical information along with the usual marketing fluff. Below are some of the more useful ones you might want to add to your newsfeed:
AWS Official Blog
AWS Architecture Blog
AWS Security Blog
AWS Compute Blog
AWS Partner Network (APN) Blog
AWS Startup Collection
Next, here are some third-party blogs that focus on AWS technologies in various degrees, some of which you may find helpful in your AWS journey:
Flux7 (AWS topics)
RightScale Cloud Management Blog (AWS topics)
Puppet Labs Blog (AWS topics)
Threat Stack Blog (AWS topics)
Kloud Blog (AWS topics)
Finally, we'll end with a few articles that detail various best practices for AWS rollouts, especially in the area of security:
Top 10 AWS Security Best Practices (Evident.io Blog)
IAM user management strategy (NCC Group Blog)
AWS Tips I Wish I'd Known Before I Started (Rich Adams)
AWS Best Practices - Enterprise Perspective (DevOps.com)
25 Best Practice Tips for architecting your Amazon VPC (Cloud, Big Data and Mobile)
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Like to learn stuff from books? Here are five well-reviewed books/ebooks on AWS you may want to check out:
AWS Scripted: How to Automate the Deployment of Secure and Resilient Websites with Amazon Web Services VPC, ELB, EC2, RDS, IAM, SES and SNS (CreateSpace)
AWS Development Essentials (Packt)
AWS System Administration: Best Practices for Sysadmins in the Amazon Cloud (pre-order from O'Reilly)
A Developer's Guide to Reducing Your AWS Bill (PragTech)
Pro PowerShell for Amazon Web Services: DevOps for the AWS Cloud (Apress)
Choosing the Right Tool to Provision AWS Infrastructure (ThoughtWorks)
The story of Yamaha should terrify HP, Dell, Cisco, and anybody else who sells hardware (Business Insider)
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Until next week,
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This article from NetworkWorld is a bit dated but still has useful information for beginners to AWS:
Though over a year old, this article from Launch By Lunch still has lots of useful information on AWS security, billing, troubleshooting, and using provisioning services like EC2 and S3:
Quora can be a terrific source of peer-generated learning content, and this page on Amazon AWS tips and hacks is worth browsing through (and adding to if you have any tips of your own to share):
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Archiving Data to Amazon AWS (Part 4) (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
Amazons EC2 (ECS) Container Service Supporting Docker (Part 1) (InsideAWS.com)
The Discriminatory Dark Side Of Big Data (Chirag Mehta)
Saying Goodbye to On-Premises Exchange (Part 3) (CloudComputingAdmin.com)
Match Office 365 Mailbox with New On-Premises User in a Hybrid Deployment (MSExchange.org)
Security in Office 365 White Paper (Microsoft Download Center)
IPv6 for Windows Admins (Part 4) (WindowsNetworking.com)
Wi-Fi Security Myths (WindowsNetworking.com)
Best Practices for PowerShell Scripting (Part 1) (WindowsNetworking.com)
Registration is Now Open to Publish on PowerShell Gallery (Windows PowerShell Blog)
Creating a Cloud Data Location and Jurisdiction Policy (Part 2)
Getting Started with AWS (Part 9)
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What’s New for Hyper-V in Windows Server Technical Preview 2
Hybrid Network Infrastructure in Microsoft Azure (Part 3)
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