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Amazon Compute: To serve or not to serve?

Episode 68

This is the fifth article in the Amazon Web Services Series so far (or sixth, if you consider the cloud computing intro a part of it). Within three weeks, we went through a list of all currently available AWS services and then, in the previous article, we focused on storage category: S3, Glacier, EFS and EBS. Today we are going to dive into the compute category, particularly EC2 and Lambda services.

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EC2 and Lambda represents two main computing models we can consider when hosting any application in AWS. We can have a server – a classic virtual machine, either with or without containers, or we can bypass all that and just run a piece of code as a function. Let’s look at both solutions and compare.

Elastic Compute Cloud

EC2 was introduced by AWS in 2006, and in 2010 the entire Amazon retail business switched to it. In essence, EC2 service is about providing virtual machines, or computing instances. Instead of buying physical servers and taking care of them, we can just buy time of the machine, get more when our needs grow and discard if they shrink as with everything in the cloud. Instances come in many different Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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Amazon Web Services Intro

Episode 64

Seven weeks ago we had an introduction to cloud computing, so now, having some background, we can take a better look at one particular cloud provider. We will talk about why Amazon Web Services is currently so hot topic, a bit of history, some basic terminology, architecture, most important services and alternatives to AWS.

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AWS is currently the most popular, largest and fastest growing cloud platform in the world. Since first quarter of 2016, Amazon is making more money on cloud services than on selling books. Check out this article if you want to know more about the numbers. Amount of organizations migrating their stuff to AWS and starting new projects there is growing so fast, that familiarity with this platform became very valuable skill on the IT market, and it’s a good investment for any software developer.

Rise of Amazon

History of AWS starts somewhere in the beginning of 21st century, with the realization, that the company need a clean, internal infrastructure as a service thing to operate more efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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