Amazon Web Services in Action
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Amazon Web Services in Action introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud. The book will teach you about the most important services on AWS. You will also learn about best practices regarding automation, security, high availability, and scalability.
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About the Technology
Physical data centers require lots of equipment and take time and resources to manage. If you need a data center, but don't want to build your own, Amazon Web Services may be your solution. Whether you're analyzing real-time data, building software as a service, or running an e-commerce site, AWS offers you a reliable cloud-based platform with services that scale. All services are controllable via an API which allows you to automate your infrastructure.
About the Book
Amazon Web Services in Action introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud. The book will teach you about the most important services on AWS. You will also learn about best practices regarding security, high availability and scalability.You'll start with a broad overview of cloud computing and AWS and learn how to spin-up servers manually and from the command line. You'll learn how to automate your infrastructure by programmatically calling the AWS API to control every part of AWS. You will be introduced to the concept of Infrastructure as Code with the help of AWS CloudFormation.You will learn about different approaches to deploy applications on AWS. You'll also learn how to secure your infrastructure by isolating networks, controlling traffic and managing access to AWS resources. Next, you'll learn options and techniques for storing your data. You will experience how to integrate AWS services into your own applications by the use of SDKs. Finally, this book teaches you how to design for high availability, fault tolerance, and scalability.
About the Reader
Written for developers and DevOps engineers moving distributed applications to the AWS platform.
About the Authors
Andreas Wittig and Michael Wittig are software engineers and consultants focused on AWS and web development.
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About the Author
Andreas Wittig migrated the complete IT infrastructure of the first Bank in Germany to AWS. He has a strong distributed systems background and started as a Java developer and was responsible for the first realtime online-banking platform written entirely in Node.js based on Websockets. He implemented DevOps into software teams to help financial industry customers create new products. Today, he runs a business with a focus on consulting and developing of AWS and web technologies.
Michael Wittig was part of the team who migrated the complete IT infrastructure of the first Bank in Germany to AWS. He has a strong algorithmic trading background using AWS to analyze Terabytes of historical financial data and for realtime analytics of financial data using a wide range of technologies and programming languages. Today he runs a business with a focus on consulting and developing of AWS and web technologies together with his brother, Andreas.
Most helpful customer reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful.
Very detailed introduction to moving your infrastructure to AWS
I picked up this book as part of my upskilling journey from Data Scientist, without a formal CS background, into a Data (Science) Engineer. Prior to this one, I went through two other titles from Manning, "Big Data" and "Storm Applied", and went with "Amazon Web Services in Action" as a logical next step.
The book provides a very detailed walkthrough of various aspects of AWS, from setting up your free developer account, spinning up an EC2 instance using various available AMIs, all the way to more advanced topics, such as auto-scaling, fault-tolerance and CloudWatch. A lot of attention is paid to securing your cloud infrastructure as well.
The high point of the book for me was the fact that the authors provide both graphical AND terminal walkthroughs, which may be very handy for users who come from a more Windows-oriented background. Most of the examples can be implemented using the aforementioned free dev account, and only a few will require you to whip out your credit card (these are also appropriately marked).
The book won't make you a certified AWS DevOps Engineer, but will get you well on your way to moving you infrastructure to AWS, or spinning up particular services as you need them for day-to-day work.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
Great Tutorial for Amazon Web Services
By William P Ross
This is an excellent tutorial for learning Amazon Web Services. I have used Microsoft Azure before but not AWS and was looking learn AWS also.
The book was written at the right level for me. It has many excellent diagrams and lots of screenshots of where to click. When configuration settings are shown there are arrows pointing and explaining what the file does. I got a good sense of where to go with the project I want to put on AWS.
There were a few minor drawbacks to this book. The writing style is rather dry; it is written in tutorial fashion. Also, I noticed 3 typos while reading and I think the book can use some additional polishing. This was not enough for me to rate the book 4 stars though as the content is very good, and this is the first substantial book on AWS available.
If you are looking to learn AWS or expand your knowledge of your existing AWS setup this book is a solid choice.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
The book shows more than it teaches and because of this it fell short on some of the basic topics
I feel kind of torn about this book. On the one hand it did exactly what I needed it to do: introduce me to AWS and advanced* "cloud computing", but on the other it feels like it wasn't nearly as introductory as it should've been. Take CloudFormation for example, its json templates are used throughout the book but you're never taught how to make them yourself. You assume you can export them from CloudFormation but other than that you're left in the dark. You're not even taught how to build anything in CloudFormation and to me it looks like it's fundamental for building a worthwhile architecture on AWS. Another thing is that, many of the basic elements behind the configuration of some services in AWS are left untouched and there's no excuse for that. You end up having a general idea about what a certain element does but since it is described so superficially you never really get to command the knowledge required in order for you to actually use it when designing an architecture on your own. Again, the book shows you how it's done but it doesn't _teach_ you many of the things that you expect it to. If I had to boil it all down to one thing I'd say that the book _shows_ more than it teaches and because of that it fell short on some of the basic topics. It's better to take this book more as an in-depth TOUR of AWS than as an introductory course.
At the end I decided to give it 3 stars because it did what I wanted it to do (although on a very basic level, as I said) and apparently it's also the most up to date book on the topic right now. But there's no way to recommend this without saying that in order to build anything worthwhile on AWS, even if only using the basic services described in the book, you will still need to read something else besides this. I don't know what exactly (maybe official AWS documentation?) since I have to start looking myself.
A word to the wise: make sure you check the errata before reading any chapter, mainly because the AWS interface has been tweaked on a few places and this is noted on the errata. I just found one notable difference on chapter 5, if there were more I didn't notice, meaning they were small enough that I could guide myself on the site without needing further instructions from the book. There's also a few updates here and there made to the code that you will need to be aware of.
*I have used other "cloud computing" services before but comparing them to AWS now they seem more like "extra" managed VPS services than "cloud computing" as it's generally understood when talking about AWS or GCC.
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