Getting started with AWS Cloud Computing

Getting Started with the AWS Cloud computing.

Everything you need to know before starting with AWS.

Cloud computing is a specialized form of data computing which allows their users to gain quick access to powerful computing resources without them having to physically own or maintain the hardware.

AWS is an acronym for Amazon Web Services which is a cloud computing service from Amazon. The technical knowledge from this article can be applied on any cloud computing platform except for the technical terms that AWS uses for its services.

AWS technical terms that will be used here.

  1. AWS: Amazon Web Services an online cloud-based service by Amazon.
  2. EC2: ECT is a particular AWS service which allows customizable cloud hosting services, users can rent computers to meet computing needs as per their requirements.
  3. EBS: EBS is a data storage solution offered via the EC2 service. The Elastic Book Storage allows you to rent disk storage and link them with computing resources.
  4. S3: A more common form of simplified storage service and cost-effective than EBS. This allows data to be stored as objects, which is perfect for online/hybrid APPs.
  5. SSD: A storage hardware which is faster than the traditional magnetic hard drives.
  6. HDD: Cheaper than SSD but slower in terms of data transfer speeds.
  7. Ephemeral Storage: this type of storage is used for storing instance data, the data in this storage stays as long as the instance persists.

What you will need to begin using AWS. (Prerequisites)

To begin using Amazon Web Services, you need a computer with internet access, a browser (Chrome, Edge, Opera etc.) and a command line application. (Example: Terminal on Mac, Putty on windows).

Your access computer can be using any operating system, AWS is capable of running instances on a wide plethora of Operating systems, however you will need a command line application to access their command systems.

Creating a new AWS Account

To start using AWS you will need an account. A credit card will also need to be associated with your account for billing purposes.

To begin, create an account log on to aws.amazon.com and follow the sign-up procedures. There is an up-to-date guide on how billing for a new AWS account works, you can refer to that material for more information on how you will be charged for using AWS services.

We would, however, suggest hiring a mentor/expert if you are new to instances or cloud-based services.

Logging into your new AWS account.

Once you have associated a credit card and after the sign-up procedure is complete you can log in to AWS console using the “Sign in to the console” this button with take you to your console control screen.

Before we go any further let’s talk a little about regions in AWS.

Imagine a physical warehouse of computer hardware, a region in AWS acts like a physical hardware of super-fast computers handling resources and storing data. At the time of writing this content Amazon offered 8 different regions for better connectivity and ping.

When logged into AWS Console you are always logged into one of these data centers in the world.

Choosing the right location for your region is important especially if you’ll be transferring large amounts of data across these locations. Ping and latency play an important role in determining which region you should choose. Hardware capabilities of all the regions are same otherwise.

LG Networks suggest using a region that’s close to your users for faster access.

How does billing for AWS work?

AWS presents its users with an accounting of usage and cost on a 30-day cycle. For a more detailed type of billing information, you can always check the Billing and Cost Management section.

Amazon suggests that you play only for the services and resources that you use, there is no minimum fee attached to their services.

Example:

The pricing structure for EC2 instances is per-instance-hour and partial instance consumed are still charged as full hours. Usage of Amazon Web Services is billed separately from Amazon EC2 so that users can identify for which service they were billed.

When does Billing Commence?

Billing in AWS commences when you start using their services, for an instance, if you initiate the boot sequence of EC2 for an AMI instance your billing will begin and end when the instance terminates, ideally, billing begins when an AWS resource transitions into a “running state”.

There is no charge for any data transfer between two services of AWS if they are in the same region. Example: transferring data between US East and US West

This may sound simple, but it does not take it a short time before it becomes highly intricate and overly complicated. Any online guide is insufficient in terms of explaining how to minimize costs while running everything smoothly.

LG Networks has been in the Server support, setup and mentoring scene for over a decade and has a dedicated staff with expertise in providing quality services. If you ever need mentoring/setup support feel free to contact us.

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