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  • 1. Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects Emory University // Robert W. Woodruff Library Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) Jay Varner, @jaysvarner Stewart Varner, @stewartvarner
  • 2. (some relation)
  • 3. The Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC)
  • 4. Collaborative Projects
  • 5. DiSC Projects: SmallFast, experimental, cheap. • Empower scholars to do the work themselves • Some home-grown projects
  • 6. DiSC Projects: BiggerComplex projects, considerable time and/or financial commitment. • Selection Committee • Project Charter • Developer Time
  • 7. Alternatives Cost- Accommodating Stable Flexible effectiveUniversity Y N Y NWebArchitectureUniversity VM Y Y Y NLibrary Server Y N Y NShared Y N Y NHostingServiceVirtual Private Y Y Y NServerElastic Cloud Y Y Y Y
  • 8. What we are running in AWS• Production – 11 WordPress Sites – 1 Auto publishing script – 1 Twitter Harvest• Dev – Development Sites (WordPress and Django)• Backups – All instances and volumes are backed up in AWS
  • 9. AWS Terms AWS How to think about itInstance ServerEBS Volume Attached StorageSecurity Group Firewall RulesAMI ImageSnapshot Block level copy of data
  • 10. AWS Terms AWS How to think about itInstance ServerEBS Volume Attached StorageSecurity Group Firewall RulesAMI ImageSnapshot Block level copy of data BUT DON’T THINK THIS WAY
  • 11. Architecture• Separate system from software stack
  • 12. Instance: bare system and service packagesEBS Volume: mounted to instance contains:• Software Stack/Application files• Database files• Configuration files
  • 13. Pros• Scalability• Low admin overhead• API• Makes experimentation easy and cheap
  • 14. Cons• Learning curve• Fear• Outages• Variable bill• Domain names/DNS
  • 15. Thanks! Questions?s3.amazon.aws.com/emorydisc/resources.htmlstewart.varner@emory.edu // @stewartvarner jay.varner@emory.edu // @jaysvarner