It doesn’t take rocket science to set up and run a website (or a couple hundred of them) in the AWS cloud. Here is a down-to-earth, step-by-step primer for adventurous newbies.
For workloads that don’t require a consistent CPU performance but do experience spikes in service demand, Amazon’s AWS EC2 service offers Burstable Performance Instances. Their competitive pricing can contribute to considerable savings and improve service availability, but how do you know if you are getting a good deal? You don’t, unless you are able to verify your CPU credits usage and the remaining balance. Here is how to figure out what’s really going on.
Expanding an EBS volume is not quite as easy as recreating it from a snapshot with a larger volume size. It involves a few more steps.
With Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow, the cloud provider introduced a traffic management service that lets you control how your end-users are routed to your application’s endpoints. (Route 53 is Amazon’s DNS and domain registration service.)
Leaving your current web hosting provider for the cloud experience may feel rather scary, but in reality, it is a liberating experience.
Just think of all the freedom you gain to run your web services your way: the ability to use any DNS provider of your choice, any certificate authority (such as, most notably, the disruptive force of Letsencrypt), install software to your heart’s content, scale up and out on demand, in other words, be in charge of your own services and infrastructure. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make the leap.