Amazon Web Services in Action

Amazon Web Services in Action
By Andreas Wittig, Michael Wittig

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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.

What's Inside

  • Overview of cloud concepts and patterns
  • Manage servers on EC2 for cost-effectiveness
  • Infrastructure automation with Infrastructure as Code (AWS CloudFormation)
  • Deploy applications on AWS
  • Store data on AWS: SQL, NoSQL, object storage and block storage
  • Integrate Amazon's pre-built services
  • Architect highly available and fault tolerant systems

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.

Table of Contents

  1. What is Amazon Web Services?
  2. A simple example: WordPress in five minutes
  4. Using virtual servers: EC2
  5. Programming your infrastructure: the command line, SDKs, and CloudFormation
  6. Automating deployment: CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and OpsWorks
  7. Securing your system: IAM, security groups, and VPC
  9. Storing your objects: S3 and Glacier
  10. Storing your data on hard drives: EBS and instance store
  11. Using a relational database service: RDS
  12. Programming for the NoSQL database service: DynamoDB
  14. Achieving high availability: availability zones, auto-scaling, and CloudWatch
  15. Decoupling your infrastructure: ELB and SQS
  16. Designing for fault-tolerance
  17. Scaling up and down: auto-scaling and CloudWatch

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #22442 in Books
  • Published on: 2015-10-17
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x .90" w x 7.30" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 424 pages

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
5Great 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.

Examples in the book tended to use common software. For example, when describing SDKs they choose JavaScript/Node, but mentioned there are other languages as well. For Content Management Systems, they used Wordpress. Best practices are described often, and I think the authors know the material well.

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.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Great introduction to AWS
By GrandAdmiral
It's almost a shame how fast AWS improve/change, because that pace will eventually obsolete what is an excellent introduction to the subject. This book is very well written and the examples just work. Grab this book, sign up for a free account, and you'll learn a lot.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
5Perfect for total newbies in AWS (but not newbies in tech)
By Amazon Customer
Nice! Walks you through AWS in a cut-the-crap fashion, very hands on. For a complete newbie, this books spares your eyes from going through tons of AWS online docs (which are great, don't get me wrong), and also gives you a structure to get started. Last but not least, you can tell the authors did go through quite a few pitfalls, so you really get some good advice on how to avoid the most common ones.

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