Amazon Web Services

Packer Template: Amazon EC2 Ubuntu AMI with Latest NGINX

Build automation is a foundational concept within the culture of Continuous Delivey and DevOps. Implementing a successful build automation strategy can dramatically improve product quality and produce time savings in several areas. Packer is a powerful build automation tool that is relatively simple to integrate with your team’s workflow. The official website describes packer as follows: Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.... Read More

Cost Estimates for Hosting Small, Medium and Large Websites with AWS

In previous posts, I provided an overview of what the AWS Free Usage Tier contains and some basic guidelines for avoiding overage charges while using the free tier to host a small website. In this post, I will explore the different pricing models that Amazon offers for EC2 and RDS instances and estimate the cost to host four different website configurations for one year. I decided to gather this data in order to answer the following questions: What amount should I expect to pay to host my website with the same AWS instances when I’m no longer eligible for the free usage tier?... Read More

AWS Free Tier: How to Monitor Usage and Avoid Overage Charges

With Amazon's Free Usage Tier, it's very easy to generate overage charges even with the best intentions of operating entirely within the offer’s limits (this is why Amazon requires a credit card when you create your account). For each individual service (EC2, RDS, S2, etc.), your usage for the month is tabulated in extremely fine detail. At first, the sheer number of items on your invoice can be intimidating. In this post, I will show what a typical bill contains for running a small Wordpress site and how to avoid overage charges and other unnecesary costs.... Read More

AWS Free Usage Tier: An Incredibly Useful and Generous Offering

For the past 2 months, I have been learning Linux server administration, PHP/JavaScript and other skills such as DevOps tools/processes. By far, the most valuable resource I have used to develop these skills is the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Free Usage Tier that is offered to anyone for a period of one year. Well, anyone with a credit card to be more precise. Figure 1: List of AWS product categories, vast and varied... Read More