Learning Cloud 007: AWS Certified Solultion Architect Associate

Welcome to the Seventh episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and I’ll be your host.

I’m really pleased at how the Podcast is unfolding and how it helps to keep me focus on my pursuit in learning cloud computing.  Encouraging the community to pursue continue education.

Review last week guest from Spreaker.
– Lock in spot instance by putting out a High bid price
– They run their own DBs on EC2 instances
– Adopting Containers & Kubernetes

Update I passed the test on my first try
-So it’s one down and four to go.
-I would’ve liked to to score higher but I was really interested in getting this first test behind me.
-So though not high I did pass and it’s not like I’m done studying.  I’ll continue to fill knowledge gaps as I prepare for the next tests.
-BTW, next up is the Certified Developer Assoc.

AWS Blog: Enterprise support update

  • Training credits: 500 Quicklab credits. plus 30% off additional credits
  • Cloud Operations Reviews
    • review of your cloud operations and the associated management practices
  • Well architected review
    • This review allows our customers to measure their architecture against AWS best practices.

 

 

 

Learning Cloud 006: How Spreaker is running their business on AWS with Jacopo Nardiello

Welcome to the Sixth episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and I’ll be your host.

Today we’re gonna change things up a little bit.  Instead of discussing what I’ve been up to I’m very excited to share the first interview for the show.

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Our guest is a DevOps engineer at Spreaker which is a platform where you can listen to and create Podcasts.

Today you’ll here how Spreaker is running their Infrastructure in the cloud and about how they’re beginning to implement Docker.

So without further ado here’s the interview with Jacopo Nardiello from Spreaker

 

Closing

I hope you have enjoyed today’s episode.  Please leave a comment on the post, I love to hear your feedback.  If you enjoyed the show please give give us a rating in iTunes because this helps the Podcast to be found by other people. A FIVE Star  rating would be greatly appreciated .

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.

-Raf

Learning Cloud 005: Shout out to The Cloudcast

 

Welcome to the Fith episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and I’m the the host.

 

Study Progress

Round two of exam did much better.  Some things I learned through the practice questions are

  • Well Architected Framework – White paper
  • Launching EC2 instances: Tenancy
  • DynamoDB developer guide: Table, Item, Attributes.  Partition size, read capacity units

 

Good Podcast to Listen to

Brian Gracely  – The CloudCast

 

Recent Announcements

AWS Lambda available in Asia Pacific –

 

AWS Blog: Jeff Barr’s blog

who:  Yemeksepeti

is the biggest online food ordering company in Turkey. It lets users place food orders from affiliated network restaurants without charging any extra fees

The challenge:

Expand the Joker  to our sister companies operating in 34 countries, so that they can also provide real-time Joker discounts to their customers.  Yemeksepeti.com, we developed a real-time discount system called Joker about four years ago. The purpose of this system is to suggest discounts to customers that they normally cannot find for restaurants

Requirements:

This was a global project, and these were our five focus areas:

Ease of management
High availability
Scalability
Use in several regions
Cost advantage

Solution:

  • VPC
  • Amazon API Gateway
  • AWS Lambda
  • RDS
  • S3
  • CloudWatch
  • Amazon ElasticSearch Service

Results

The Joker system is in production now, as a pilot for a small region of a country. The growth of the number of orders is promising. By leveraging serverless architecture, we didn’t have to install and manage an operating system and dependencies. Using Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, and Amazon RDS, our architecture runs in a highly available environment. We don’t need to learn and manage any master-slave replication features or third-party tools. As our service gets more requests, AWS Lambda adds more Lambda instance, so it runs at any scale. We are able to copy our service to another region using the features of AWS services as we did before going into production. Finally, we don’t run any servers, so we benefit from the cost advantage of serverless architecture.

Closing

Please leave a comment on the post, I love to hear your thoughts.  If you enjoyed the show please give leave a review and rate the show FIVE Stars would be awesome.

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.

-Raf

Learning Cloud 004: Describe EC2 and latest news

Welcome to the Fourth episode of the Learning Cloud podcast. The place for all things Cloud and DevOps.  My name is Raf Calderon and I’m the the host.

I have a lot to share today so let’s get right to  it.

I want to break up today’s talk into three parts

  • Update on the progress on my studies for the Solutions Arch Assoc test
  • A new segment called “Service of the Week”  where I’ll highlight one of the AWS services. Today will start with EC2
  • AWS News & Updates

 

Progress on Certification

  • I’ve continued my studying. I’m right on track.  I finished going through all the lectures so now I’m in the review phase.
  • Took first practice exam did horrible.
    • I use it as a way to find knowledge gap.
    • Then I go back to the lectures or Read the white papers.
  • How to find Solutions Architect Practice Exam:  Sign in to the Webassessor site,run by Kryterion and purchase it.

 

This  week’s service

  • EC2 – This is the EC2 descript on AWS website  https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/
    “Amazon EC2 presents a true virtual computing environment, allowing you to use web service interfaces to launch instances with a variety of operating systems, load them with your custom application environment, manage your network’s access permissions, and run your image using as many or few systems as you desire.To use Amazon EC2, you simply:* Select a pre-configured, templated Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to get up and running immediately. Or create an AMI containing your applications, libraries, data, and associated configuration settings.* Configure security and network access on your Amazon EC2 instance.

    * Choose which instance type(s) you want, then start, terminate, and monitor as many instances of your AMI as needed, using the web service APIs or the variety of management tools provided.

    * Determine whether you want to run in multiple locations, utilize static IP endpoints, or attach persistent block storage to your instances.
    Pay only for the resources that you actually consume, like instance-hours or data transfer.”

 

News Updates

  • Jeff Barr’s blog posted Sep2
    • Aurora is the fastest growing service.
    • New – Auto Scaling for EC2 Spot Fleets
    • Global Knowledge “IT Skills and Salary Report
    • AWS Hot Startups: “Craftsvilla
      • last paragraph ‘they currently utilize 20 AWS services’
  • Webinars series email
    • Chef webinar
    • Readhat Openshift- OpenShift is an open source PaaS provided by Red Hat and based on top of Docker containers and the Kubernetes container cluster manager.

 

Closing

Please leave a comment on the post, I love to hear your thoughts.  If you enjoyed the show please give leave a review and rate the show FIVE Stars would be awesome.

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.

-Raf