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Using Amazon Web Services

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

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Using Amazon Web Services

  1. Using Amazon Web Services<br />
  2. Welcome!<br />
  3. A little about me<br />Assistant Director of Public Affairs at Allegheny College<br />NITLE Technology Fellow<br /><br />@mrichwalsky on Twitter<br />
  4. What We’ll Talk About Today<br />Quick Overview of the cloud<br />Examples<br />Hands-on <br />
  5. Quick poll<br />Who’s using cloud services today?<br />
  6. Examining the Cloudscape<br />
  7. What is the cloud?<br />Use resources only as you need them<br />Pay as you go<br />Scale up and down quickly and easily<br />
  8. What is the cloud?<br />Use external infrastructure to solve internal technology issues and needs.<br />
  9. What is the cloud?<br />It can cost less to take advantage of existing infrastructure then building your own from scratch, especially for short-term projects. <br />
  10. An Example<br />Fundraising Video<br />Mailing list of 45,000 people<br />Challenge: <br />Get the video served quickly and economically to the audience<br />Address both the initial burst + the long tail.<br />
  11. Who are the major players in this space?<br />
  12. Big Players<br />
  13. Lots of little folks<br />
  14. You might be in the clouds already<br />
  15. How do we use this stuff in highered?<br />
  16. What we’re doing at Allegheny<br />We moved our podcast and video hosting to Amazon S3 in 2007<br />Served admissions + fundraising videos <br />Served videos for our partnership with NY Times<br />Audio, video and SWF hosting for our online tour<br />
  17. What we’re doing at Allegheny<br />Backups<br />At least in our web/public affairs group<br />Looking at campus-wide solutions<br />Misc. web hosting<br />PDF, Javascripts, CSS, Image Galleries<br />Email Outsourcing<br />Google Apps for Education<br />Campaign Monitor for marketing<br />
  18. Does the cloud make sense for your project?<br />Duration of project<br />Type of service needed<br />The cloud is better at some things than others<br />Amount of data to move<br />May be cist oe<br />
  19. Activate your Amazon Web Services Account<br />
  20. Hands-on<br />
  21. 6/4/09<br />Amazon Simple Storage Service<br /><ul><li>File storage (up to 5GB)
  22. Allow the world to access the file you post online
  23. Tell S3 you want the file to live in the US or EU
  24. Pay only for what you use</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />S3<br /><ul><li>Access from your web application via REST or SOAP
  25. Access via browser plugins like S3 Fox
  26. FTP programs
  27. Transmit, Interarchy, Cyberduck, Cloudberry and many more</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />S3<br />
  28. 6/4/09<br />Alright, let&apos;s do this<br /><ul><li>Login
  29. Create a bucket
  30. Upload a file
  31. Set file permissions
  32. View your file</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />S3 + CDN = CloudFront<br /><ul><li>Additional costs but faster access around the world</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />EC2<br /><ul><li> 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Use Amazon EC2 web service to configure security and network access.
  35. 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.
  36. Determine whether you want to run in multiple locations, utilize static IP endpoints, or attach persistent block storage to your instances</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />EC2 in Plain English<br /><ul><li>Start up as many servers as you want
  37. Tell Amazon where you want them
  38. Pay for what you use
  39. Make a copy for future use</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />EC2 in Plain English<br />
  40. 6/4/09<br />EC2 in Plain English<br />
  41. 6/4/09<br />EC2 Work Flow<br /><ul><li>Log in to console
  42. Create Key pair
  43. Convert with PuTTY if neccessary
  44. Choose AMI
  45. Set preferences + Launch
  46. Connect via SSH
  47. Terminate Instance</li></li></ul><li>6/4/09<br />Let&apos;s do this!<br /><br />