Friday, January 21, 2022

AWS Living Tip Sheet: SAM

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The AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) is a CloudFormation transformation macro used to ease the creation of serverless applications. We can think of it as a lightweight CloudFormation template with the core purpose of creating serverless infrastructure as code.

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

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The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is the most basic AWS certification you could obtain. It certifies that you have a basic knowledge of the core features and benefits of AWS. It's a great kickoff point if you want to work towards other AWS certifications.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

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One of the first things we'll do after creating an AWS account is add users and groups via the IAM console. We will initially do this as the "root" account user. But be careful -- root accounts are not restricted in any way. Therefore, I strongly recommend following the Security Status checklist FIRST when visiting the IAM console.

AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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EC2 is essentially a virtual server in the cloud. It can be available within minutes after setting it up. Compare that to how long it would take to provision and prepare a physical server in your own datacenter. Even ordering it and awaiting initial configuration and shipment can take weeks. General knowledge about EC2 is one of the key categories in the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

AWS Pricing and Billing (Part 3)

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In my last article, we discussed S3 pricing, which was an entire topic on its own. In this part, we'll discuss other key service charges,...