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Using Amazon Web Services


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Presented at the Institutional Web Management Workshop at the University of Essex, Colchester UK

Presented at the Institutional Web Management Workshop at the University of Essex, Colchester UK

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  • 1. Using Amazon Web Services
  • 2. Welcome!
  • 3. A little about me
    Assistant Director of Public Affairs at Allegheny College
    NITLE Technology Fellow
    @mrichwalsky on Twitter
  • 4.
  • 5. What We’ll Talk About Today
    Quick Overview of the cloud
  • 6. Quick poll
    Who’s using cloud services today?
  • 7. Examining the Cloudscape
  • 8. What is the cloud?
    Use resources only as you need them
    Pay as you go
    Scale up and down quickly and easily
  • 9. What is the cloud?
    Use external infrastructure to solve internal technology issues and needs.
  • 10. What is the cloud?
    It can cost less to take advantage of existing infrastructure then building your own from scratch, especially for short-term projects.
  • 11.
  • 12. An Example
    Fundraising Video
    Mailing list of 45,000 people
    Get the video served quickly and economically to the audience
    Address both the initial burst + the long tail.
  • 13. Who are the major players in this space?
  • 14. Big Players
  • 15. Lots of little folks
  • 16. You might be in the clouds already
  • 17. How do we use this stuff in highered?
  • 18. What we’re doing at Allegheny
    We moved our podcast and video hosting to Amazon S3 in 2007
    Served admissions + fundraising videos
    Served videos for our partnership with NY Times
    Audio, video and SWF hosting for our online tour
  • 19. What we’re doing at Allegheny
    At least in our web/public affairs group
    Looking at campus-wide solutions
    Misc. web hosting
    PDF, Javascripts, CSS, Image Galleries
    Email Outsourcing
    Google Apps for Education
    Campaign Monitor for marketing
  • 20. Does the cloud make sense for your project?
    Duration of project
    Type of service needed
    The cloud is better at some things than others
    Amount of data to move
    May be cist oe
  • 21. Activate your Amazon Web Services Account
  • 22. Hands-on
  • 23. 6/4/09
    Amazon Simple Storage Service
    • File storage (up to 5GB)
    • 24. Allow the world to access the file you post online
    • 25. Tell S3 you want the file to live in the US or EU
    • 26. Pay only for what you use
  • 6/4/09
    • Access from your web application via REST or SOAP
    • 27. Access via browser plugins like S3 Fox
    • 28. FTP programs
    • 29. Transmit, Interarchy, Cyberduck, Cloudberry and many more
  • 6/4/09
  • 30. 6/4/09
    Alright, let's do this
  • 6/4/09
    S3 + CDN = CloudFront
    • Additional costs but faster access around the world
  • 6/4/09
    • Create an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) containing your applications, libraries, data and associated configuration settings. Or use pre-configured, templated images to get up and running immediately.
    • 35. Upload the AMI into Amazon S3. Amazon EC2 provides tools that make storing the AMI simple. Amazon S3 provides a safe, reliable and fast repository to store your images.
    • 36. Use Amazon EC2 web service to configure security and network access.
    • 37. Choose which instance type(s) and operating system you want, then start, terminate, and monitor as many instances of your AMI as needed, using the web service APIs or the variety of management tools provided.
    • 38. Determine whether you want to run in multiple locations, utilize static IP endpoints, or attach persistent block storage to your instances
  • 6/4/09
    EC2 in Plain English
    • Start up as many servers as you want
    • 39. Tell Amazon where you want them
    • 40. Pay for what you use
    • 41. Make a copy for future use
  • 6/4/09
    EC2 in Plain English
  • 42. 6/4/09
    EC2 in Plain English
  • 43. 6/4/09
    EC2 Work Flow
    • Log in to console
    • 44. Create Key pair
    • 45. Convert with PuTTY if neccessary
    • 46. Choose AMI
    • 47. Set preferences + Launch
    • 48. Connect via SSH
    • 49. Terminate Instance
  • 6/4/09
    Let's do this!