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After getting over the excitement of the scaling and cost-saving possibilities offered by Amazon Web Services, system administrators quickly come up against complexities and gotchas in the management of systems. How can they make sure auto-scaling kicks in when it is suppose to? How do they make sure DNS sends traffic to the right systems? How do they integrate automated management tools such as Chef and Puppet?
This book is a comprehensive guide to the administrative features of AWS and how to make the most of them to minimize your administrative work. You’ll learn how to configure and manage powerful AWS tools, such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks, Elastic Load Balancing, and Route 53. AWS administration is no easier than stand-alone server administration—it's just different, and very rewarding once you set up your automation right. This book shows you how.
Mike has worked as a system administrator since the early 2000s in a variety of roles, including an ISP, at Greenpeace, and most recently a social media startup. In recent years, he have spent increasing amounts of time working with cloud services such as AWS, which has dovetailed perfectly with his love of automation and scalability.
As well as doing system administration as a day job, he is also building his own AWS-based startup. Cloudfrag provides on-demand game servers and relies heavily on a wide range of AWS services.
Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a graduate of Boston College and Harvard University, and a software engineer-turned-manager at the Novell corporation. Previously, Federico has been a CTO and a network software architect at ’.com’ and embedded Linux startups, and he has spent two years teaching in Boston University’s graduate and undergraduate programs, while simultaneously consulting for MIT. He is a frequent speaker at user group and conference events, notably the OSCON, LinuxWorld and IMPlanet conferences, where he was a panelist representing the Jabber community. Federico is a recognized expert in computing performance issues, and consults pro-bono with Standard and Poor’s clients interested in Free/Open Source Software technical and strategic issues. He participated in the GPL v3 drafting process in the large-corporation panel.
This is the best book I've read on using AWS to build cloud-native apps. It's really pragmatic, with code examples showing common patterns you'll encounter building your own apps. I switch back and forth between the AWS docs and this book, for details and for more HOWTO information, and back again once I start getting things working. For example, the AWS docs tell you about Roles but don't show clearly what this book does -- that you need to associate a Policy, then an instance Profile.
The author seems to have a ton of experience with apps on AWS, and the many services it offers. Great resource for those like me who don't have such a long term exposure.
It's not complete yet, but something I refer to extensively as I build out my app.
Thanks for a very helpful book.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend