« The Good Parts of AWS

Last updated Sep 30 2020

This page is primarily a compilation of material from the book with the same title, The Good Parts of AWS.

I wanted to compile this for myself. Having spent much of my career working with *nix enviornments that I can SSH into and have full control over, I became quite comfortable in managing such servers and navigating my way through iptables, nginx, and more!

Then AWS came along and it all felt like a black box to me. This post is a summary of the knowledge I've obtained thus far and should continue to grow over time. It is incomplete, but figured I'd push what I have so far.

DynamoDB

S3

EC2

EC2 Auto Scaling

Lambda

ELB

CloudFormation

RDS

Elasticache

Appendix

Provisioned Capacity

Significant cost savings with an upfront payment

On-demand (Spot) Pricing

Low capacity management burden, higher costs

Compute

AWS represents the computing power of its machines in Elastic Compute Units, and 4 ECUs represent more or less the power of a modern CPU.

Resources