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ISBN-13: 978-1118571835 ISBN-10: 1118571835 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118571835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118571835
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Get acquainted with the AWS® toolset
  • Implement a website that utilizes AWS
  • Manage AWS usage and costs
  • Use Amazon Glacier™ to store large quantities of data

Go to the cloud to build dynamic websites, take payments, storeobjects, and do so much more

Here's your ticket to the cloud Amazon cloud, that is! Let thisbook serve as your tour guide as you discover all of the amazingthings you can do with Amazon Web Services. From building dynamicwebsites and creating a blog to launching an e-commerce store anddeveloping rich applications, you'll never want to come backdown.

  • Decisions, decisions — from S3 to EBS, determine which AWSstorage service to use
  • Take a big stretch — find out how to use Amazon ElasticCompute Cloud, including choosing images, selecting deploymentoptions, and designing new EC2 images
  • Lock it up — put the best security measures in place asyou explore the Cloud Computing Trust Boundary, AWS securitygroups, and the AWS Virtual Private Cloud
  • Leveraging the AWS ecosystem — get up to speed on usingthird party services, adding application functionality, andintegrating partner products

"This is a great resource for anyone considering the jump intocloud computing. Golden accurately explores the roster of AWSservices while clearly illustrating ways for developers to makeapplications easier to build and manage. He manages to address bothbusiness requirements and technical content in a way that willappeal to almost any audience." – Jeff Barr, Sr. TechnologyEvangelist, Amazon Web Services

Open the book and find:

  • All about the Amazon business philosophy
  • Basics of the AWS API
  • Details for setting up AWS storage
  • Hints for using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
  • How to use AWS core services
  • Tips for building a simple blog
  • Steps for creating an effective e-commerce site
  • Ways to leverage the AWS ecosystem for your needs

About the Author

Bernard Golden is vice president in charge of enterprise solutions at Dell Enstratius Networks, a global cloud computing management software company. He was named one of the Top Ten Influential People of Cloud Computing by Wired magazine in 2012.

Customer Reviews

Very well written.
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This book was just what I needed to get a better understanding of the possibilities of AWS.
Cathy Stucker
This book provides a great overview of AWS and its ever-expanding cloud computing services.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brent Butler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
When I consider using a book like this, I want to see step by step instructions on how to do commonly desired tasks. What I found instead is more of an AWS dictionary with some advice mixed in here and there.

For example, do you want to set up a network where some or all of your AWS server instances can interact with each other? There's a great looking chapter title in the book. It talks about it for a few pages. Does it anywhere show where to start and what to do in order to accomplish this?

No.

That's what I was looking for.

I found very little in this book that isn't just regurgitated from the AWS documentation and marketing materials. Instead, it needs to be hands on.

By the way, the AWS documentation doesn't do much of a job of teaching you how to use AWS either, but that's another story that a review of this book isn't really the place for. Suffice it to say that if you have just created some servers in AWS, this book isn't going to get you very far in terms of nuts and bolts.

It will explain what most of the possibilities are, and that's helpful enough to get it a second star.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Israel Romero Rojas on April 8, 2014
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I had no previous experience with AWS and the information available on amazon was not easy to follow for me since I didn't had any reference of the different components and their functions and I couldn't find a reference inside AWS documentation that would exemplefy this in general.

This book helped me to understand the big picture of the services available in AWS and the implication of configuration options of the most commonly used services. I'm sure it will be useful as a reference for a little while, which is basically the function of this type of "basic" guides.
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I love when I hear people in business say something like "Why don't we just use the cloud?" The proverbial cloud is something widely spoken about yet narrowly understood. Like real world clouds in the sky the scope and boundaries are changing and not so well defined. So a "dummies" book for Amazon's cloud offering is both needed and natural.

Bernard Golden does a very credible job introducing the new user to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Then he goes beyond and discusses the aspects of AWS spending a lot of time on storage options, EC2 computing resources, and then detail on other services like relational database support, networking options, and related application area.

Throughout the book explanations of how things work are presented with examples of pricing and discussions of scenarios that can be helpful at determining if AWS is the right solution for your application. There are also examples of where real-world businesses are making use of AWS either to supplement their infrastructure or provide primary services (like Netflix).

One of the things I found most interesting was the glacier AWS storage option. I'll be looking there to provide economical off-site backup storage for some of my client's.

The presentation does have a what seemed to me to be a few quirky moments. One that comes to mind is the discussion of API's and SOAP vs REST. It seemed too detailed for that point of the discussion, but not detailed enough to be helpful for someone trying to use it. But these seem few and not really significant.

To get someone started with AWS this is a book I will recommend. It appears to fit the apparent target of a "dummies" series book well within its subject area and likely audience. This makes Amazon Web Services for Dummies a 5 star book in my opinion. Well done Bernard Golden.
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This is a good overview of AWS for people who want to understand what AWS offers -- semi-techies like me. Once it explains the multiple offerings, the book goes into depth about to work with the application programming interface -- the API that one encounters when using AWS. That part is more for techies than for "dummies". The one disappointment is that it doesn't discuss specific third party applications that can be used by people who prefer not to build their own applications to run on AWS, and who don't want to go to an outside developer. For example, there must be someone somewhere who offers a canned application for people who want to back up data such as photos or music to S3 or to Glacier. But the only 3rd party software mentioned is Backupify, which handles data you store in the cloud, but mot data on your on-premise servers. (If there isn't a commercially available backup app that does what services like Carbonite do, there's a business opportunity for anyone reading this review,)
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By BigBen on June 5, 2014
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Got me up to speed quickly on AWS. Written for novice to professional to executive. It's not an instruction manual per se, but the actual knowledge of what Amazon Web Service is and how to use it to your advantage.
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By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2014
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To get you going this is the one. Deep enough to learn to swim, not so deep you'll drown. This is a great book and will get you going.
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AWS is a fairly new company (about 7 year old) and not a lot of books (other than user guides) have been written about all of the services they have developed. This is the only book I have found that put it all together - explained each service and how they fit together to make a complete solution. I highly recommend it.
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