Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship         Projects Emory University // Robert W. Woodruff Library    Digi...
(some relation)
The Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC)
Collaborative Projects
DiSC Projects: SmallFast, experimental, cheap.        • Empower scholars to do the work themselves        • Some home-grow...
DiSC Projects: BiggerComplex projects, considerable time and/or financial commitment.      • Selection Committee      • Pr...
Alternatives                  Cost-       Accommodating   Stable   Flexible                  effectiveUniversity        Y ...
What we are running in AWS• Production  – 11 WordPress Sites  – 1 Auto publishing script  – 1 Twitter Harvest• Dev  – Deve...
AWS Terms                 AWS                How to think about itInstance                   ServerEBS Volume             ...
AWS Terms                 AWS                How to think about itInstance                   ServerEBS Volume             ...
Architecture• Separate system from software stack
Instance: bare system and service packagesEBS Volume: mounted to instance contains:• Software Stack/Application files• Dat...
Pros•   Scalability•   Low admin overhead•   API•   Makes experimentation easy and cheap
Cons•   Learning curve•   Fear•   Outages•   Variable bill•   Domain names/DNS
Thanks!    Questions?s3.amazon.aws.com/emorydisc/resources.htmlstewart.varner@emory.edu // @stewartvarner   jay.varner@emo...
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects
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Using the Amazon Cloud to host Digital Scholarship Projects

  1. 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. 2. (some relation)
  3. 3. The Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC)
  4. 4. Collaborative Projects
  5. 5. DiSC Projects: SmallFast, experimental, cheap. • Empower scholars to do the work themselves • Some home-grown projects
  6. 6. DiSC Projects: BiggerComplex projects, considerable time and/or financial commitment. • Selection Committee • Project Charter • Developer Time
  7. 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. 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. 9. AWS Terms AWS How to think about itInstance ServerEBS Volume Attached StorageSecurity Group Firewall RulesAMI ImageSnapshot Block level copy of data
  10. 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. 11. Architecture• Separate system from software stack
  12. 12. Instance: bare system and service packagesEBS Volume: mounted to instance contains:• Software Stack/Application files• Database files• Configuration files
  13. 13. Pros• Scalability• Low admin overhead• API• Makes experimentation easy and cheap
  14. 14. Cons• Learning curve• Fear• Outages• Variable bill• Domain names/DNS
  15. 15. Thanks! Questions?s3.amazon.aws.com/emorydisc/resources.htmlstewart.varner@emory.edu // @stewartvarner jay.varner@emory.edu // @jaysvarner

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