AWS EFS: Elastic File System

Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) is a scalable, elastic, cloud-native file system for Linux OS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUwUyUVOQFk Features EFS is elastic, so it automatically grows and shrinks as storage demands go up and down.  It's a fully managed service that provides access through standard file system interfaces you already use, and it is designed for high … Continue reading AWS EFS: Elastic File System

Setting Up a Static Website on S3 with Route 53 and CloudFront

Set up a static website on AWS using S3, Route 53, CloudFront, and Certificate Manager Here, we'll set up a static website (think HTML and CSS and no moving parts) hosted on S3, which can be accessed by your own domain, domain.com, protected with SSL (think https:// instead of http://). Anyone who types in domain.com … Continue reading Setting Up a Static Website on S3 with Route 53 and CloudFront

AWS Snowball: Data Migration

Amazon Snowball is a PETABYTE-scale data migration solution to transport A LOT of data from your on-premise environment into the AWS Cloud.  The process is easy and secure, and costs as little as 1/5th of the cost of data transfer via high-speed internet. A physical device is mailed to you, and you transfer your files … Continue reading AWS Snowball: Data Migration

AWS Storage Gateway: Connect On-Prem with Cloud

In the most basic sense, Amazon Storage Gateway connects your On-Premise storage with AWS Cloud storage.  It is a cost-effective way to securely store data in the AWS cloud. It will seamlessly back up your On-Premise data using SSL to Amazon S3.  You pay as you go, paying only for the storage you utilize. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPyc0q4MYsM Storage Gateway: … Continue reading AWS Storage Gateway: Connect On-Prem with Cloud

AWS Trusted Advisor: Optimize Infrastructure

AWS Trusted Advisor helps you optimize your AWS environment by reducing cost, increasing performance, and improving security.  It provides real-time guidance to help you provision resources according to AWS Best Practices guidelines. (AWS) Infrastructure Optimization This service provides best practice recommendations in 5 categories: Cost Optimization: save money by eliminating unused/idle resources or using reserved … Continue reading AWS Trusted Advisor: Optimize Infrastructure

AWS Inspector: Automated Security Assessment

Amazon Inspector is an automated security assessment service to help improve security and compliance of applications deployed on AWS. Inspector automatically assesses applications for vulnerabilities and deviations from best practices, and produces detailed list of issues.  The list is prioritized according to severity level of the threats, and the service is available via Amazon Inspector … Continue reading AWS Inspector: Automated Security Assessment

AWS Shield: Managed DDos Protection

AWS Shield provides always-on detection and automatic inline mitigations to minimize application downtime and latency to protect against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. It is available globally on all CloudFront and Route 53 Edge Locations.  As a result, you can protect your web applications hosted anywhere in the world by deploying CloudFront in front … Continue reading AWS Shield: Managed DDos Protection

AWS WAF: Web Application Firewall

AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) protects web applications running on AWS from common web exploits that could compromise security, availability, or consume excessive resources (which in turn could end up costing you a lot of money). As the name suggests, it is a firewall service for your web applications running on AWS cloud. You can … Continue reading AWS WAF: Web Application Firewall

AWS IAM: Identity Access Management

With AWS Identity Access Management (IAM), you are empowered to manage secure access to your AWS resources with users, groups, and permissions. It is free to use, and helps you manage user access to your computing, storage, data base, and application services. IAM access and permissions are global; the access you set for a user … Continue reading AWS IAM: Identity Access Management

Security 101 for AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam

Security is 24% of the Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam. Even though it is only the 3rd out of 4 domains in terms of percentage of the exam, it's still worth becoming comfortable with the Shared Responsibility Model and the various ways AWS helps to protect your infrastructure. Securing the Cloud is a very important part … Continue reading Security 101 for AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam