Learning Cloud 003: Announcements from NY Summit 2016


Welcome to the third episode of the Learning Cloud podcast.  The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.

 I’m very excited to be back with this new episode on time.  I really want to maintain the consistency of the releases so it feels good to be achieving that.


AWS Summit


Announcements from Summit

  • Amazon Kinesis Analytics Now Generally Available
    Let’s you process and query streaming data in real time with standard SQL and this is without having to learn new programming languages or processing frameworks.
  • New Application Load Balancer

Elastic Load Balancing offers a new Application load balancer that improves flexibility and performance for real-time and streaming applications, microservices, and container-based applications.

  • Bring Your Own Keys to AWS Key Management Service

New Import Key feature lets you import keys from your own key management infrastructure to KMS for greater control over generation and storage of keys and meeting compliance requirements of sensitive workloads.

  • Two New Features for Snowball (import/export)

Snowball now offers two new APIs, to streamline 3rd party integration development or write to it as an S3 bucket.

  • Amazon API Gateway Now Supports API Usage Plans

You can now define plans for 3rd party developers that grant access only to certain APIs and define API throttling and request quota limits. This allows you to easily manage and monetize your APIs..

  • 47% Price Drop on EBS Snapshots and Up to 66% More IOPS Per Volume

Now you can protect EBS (and Storage Gateway) volumes at nearly half the cost, and get up to 66% more Provisioned IOPS performance.

  • IPv6 Support for Amazon S3

Amazon S3 buckets can now support IPv6 (as well as IPv4) with a simple endpoint name change. .

  • ECS Supports Dynamic Ports

Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) allows you to specify a dynamic port in the ECS task definition, giving the container an unused port when it is scheduled on the EC2 instance. The ECS scheduler automatically adds the task to the ELB using this port.


Certification Progress

    1. I’ve gotten pretty far. I’m really pumped: EC2, S3, VPC, CloudFormation, RT53
    2. I’m using three resources. Pluralsight, ACloudGuru – Ryan Kroonenburg, CloudAcademy & AWS, quiklabs.com
    3. AWS instructor lead would be ideal but I don’t have resources at this moment.
    4. I’m using three resources because
    5. Want to get lay of the land
      1. To have more  references for this Podcast
      2. Cause I’d like to compile my experience into a course to help beginners like me.  So you can use one of these resources or check back and in about 3-4 months I should have something published


Good Blog

  1. Jeff Bar, Chief Evangelist at AWS.  Jeff’s a lego fan
  2. http://jeff-barr.com/  Personal Blog
  3. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws    AWS blog
  4. AWS Week in Review is now a GitHub project



Check out website to find the links mentioned and please leave a comment on the post, I love to hear your thoughts.

That’s it for today and remember

“If you’re not willing to learn no one can help you, if you’re determined to learn no one can stop you.”

Bye bye for now, and till next time.

Learning Cloud 002: Start your AWS Solutions Architect Certification

Hi welcome to episode number two of the AWS Linux Computing Podcast.  I’m your host Raf Calderon


  1. I’m studying to become certified in AWS

If you recall from episode one I said that a Motto for this Podcast  Continuous Learning.  In that spirit, I’m putting my words to practice and I’m excited to share with everyone that I’ve decided to pursue AWS certification.  I actually already started studying and I’m really enjoying all the things I’m learning


So what I’m going to do is share my progress with you.

  1. My Plan in sharing the progress.

  • So every week I’ll publish a Podcast episode detailing the things I studied that week.
  • Discuss terms and concepts.  On podcast I won’t be able to show you how to actually work with AWS hands on.
  • If you’re interested in that information, you can open my website and there you’ll be able to read this information in a tutorial form and to watch Video Screen Casts where I’ll show how to implement the different tasks discussed in the podcast.


  1. Why seek certification


  • Gets you foot in door if you’re young
  • Focused learning path
  • Keeps you marketable if you’re established in your career


ASW Solutions Architect Associate $125,000

“. According to this year’s salary survey responses, each of the five AWS certifications brings in an average salary of more than $100,000, … . Based on the number of companies moving to the cloud and the growth of AWS, I would certainly expect to see a few more AWS certifications on next year’s list.”


  1. About AWS

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

AWS the biggest public cloud provide.  


  • 2003 – Chris Pinkham submits paper detailing his vision for an standardized automated infrastructure for Amazon.  It mentioned the possiblity to sell these services.
  • 2006 AWS is officially launched.  S3 launched first in march and EC2 then launched in Augest.
  • Google App Engine April 2008. This is PaaS cloud computing platform to developing Web Apps.  This entrance was a validation that what Amazon was started in cloud computing was big and here to stay.
  • Microsoft’s Azure Beta launches November 2009.  This was a PaaS focusing on .NET. This was final validation that Cloud is completely embraced.  Microsoft has unbelieveable leverage in the enterprise.




  1. About AWS certifications



  • AWS Sys Ops Admin
  • AWS developer
  • AWS Certified solutions architect – Associate



  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional


  1. List resources

  • https://Acloud.guru
  • http://Qwiklabs.com  to train your skills in Amazon labs.  @GGrant94  “Those labs will be performed on real time Amazon servers and not on a simulation. Each lab has documentation with information about each product and feature and also a step-by-step guide to complete the lab. It will cost you money, not a lot but it is worth it. It is still cheaper than subscribing to all features on AWS directly.”


Learning Cloud 001: Introduction


Well Hi there and welcome to the very first episode of the Learning Cloud Podcast.

My name is Raf Calderon and I’ll be your host.  I’m very excited to be starting this Podcast.

I’ve wanted to start it for a while and now finally things have fallen into place, the time opened in my schedule and here I’m recording the first episode.

Pupose for show:

So let me tell you what this Podcast will be about.  I want to use this show

  • To discuss topics related to AWS and DevOps
  • Discuss industry trends
  • Interview leaders in the field
  • Teach the things I’m learning at work or during my own study time.
  • One of my main motivators a motive for starting this show is To help you grow your career in IT specifically if you’re an  admin or architect responsible for implementing and operating AWS and Linux.  I’m honest about this and don’t mean it in a patronizing way.  I’m not an expert at all the topics we’re going to discuss here but I know enough to be dangerous as they say.  I know enough help guide a new engineer in this field.  Not just in knowing the technologies but how to grow and develop your career in an Enterprise.  And some of these things will be from my own achievements and also my shortcomings.
  • IT is such a lucrative field to be in.  The average person doesn’t know how rewarding this field can be both financially and personally through the contacts you’ll make.  There are so many opportunities to learn different technologies.  But one thing I’ve found missing is passion and guidance.  I hope to fill this void in part.



  • Over 16 yrs in the IT industry.
  • My role has been primarily a Unix admin but in this role I’ve worked on many different technologies
    • Solaris
    • Linux has become my main OS
    • Data Center administration
    • Storage Admin EMC, Hitachi, NetApp, Brocade
    • Veritas Foundation products
    • Developer, Perl
    • Backup admin
    • Project management
    • Automation Chef and Puppet in a Continuous Deliver Continuous integration environment


This is my background so the things that I’ll be sharing are from personal experience.  I want to share the things I’ve learned and to fill knowledge gaps in my own life.


Mention CASB

This is my second podcast.  My other Podcast is called CASB and there I talk about entrepreneruship and personal development.  Especially how to create online businesses.  So I recommend you listen to that show as well if you’re interested in taking your skills in IT to create your own business.  So that’s a plug for CASB and you can listen to it if you so choose.


Learning/ Motto

Now the motto for this show, the Learning Cloud Podcast, is Constant Learning”;   Learning is a lifelong process.  When you work in IT you work in a knowledge based industry.  Really this applies to life in general but it’s very important in Information Technology.  In this industry if you stop learning your value will diminish and eventually people won’t want to hire you.  But if you do keep learning you’ll always be marketable and I believe you’ll be happier.



I hope that you find this introduction interesting enough to keep listening.  My plan is to put out a new episode a week.  Please do check out the website as well for postings and tutorials.  That is http://learningcloud.tech

And I’ll close with this quote from Zik Zigglar.

“If you’re not willing to learn no one can help you, if you’re determined to learn no one can stop you.”

By bye, and until next time.