AWS Basics

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[Lab] Creating and Setting up AWS Account

As of writing this note, AWS provides a free tier account for 12 months. Not all service may be free, but most services are free for decent usage. For example, you can use EC2 and RDS for 750 hours per month, 5GB of free S3 storage etc. There are also some services, which are free after the free tier trial period, but may be within certain limits. All free tier details are available at

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AWS Regions, Availability Zones, Region Endpoints and Edge Locations

AWS is available through multiple locations world-wide. An AWS region is a distinct geographical region that has AWS infrastucture with with separate power sources and internet connectivity. Availability Zones are isolated data centres within each region and has their own power source and cooling, insulating it from failures within other zones. While regions communicate through internet, AZs communicate through AWS high speed network.


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Different Ways to Interact With AWS – Management Console, CLI, SDKs

You can interact with various AWS services through different tools such as the AWS Management Console, Command Line Interface and SDKs.


AWS Management Console

AWS Management Console is the web-based interface to all services. AWS Management console allows you to manage all services through an intuitive GUI.

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Introduction to AWS - Benefits and Examples

AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, and is Amazon's cloud computing platform for public. AWS provides a range of web services, to be used over the network, that can scale and is mostly on a pay-per-use model. There is also a free tier available for anyone to get started with AWS.



Below are some of the benefits of AWS:

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Quick Overview Of All The AWS Services

You can find all the services offered by AWS in the management console. Amazon has recently rolled out a new preview version of the AWS Management Console. However, the older one seems to me more descriptive for me. Currently there is an option to opt out of the new console preview and see the old console itself. But you will not be able to switch back to the newer one after going back. My description below is based on the older Console.

AWS Management Console classifies the services into different groups or categories. These categories are:

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[Lab] Setting Billing Alarm Before Getting Your Hands Dirty With AWS

AWS provides a free tier for one year. Just do a simple google search to get the link. To avail the free tier, you need to add your credit card details and the card will not be charged for using services as per the free tier agreement.