By now, you’ve probably heard a ton of statistics about AWS Certified Solutions Architects – the salary, the number of…
Here at Linux Academy, we create course content day-in and day-out, but that isn't all we do! We are genuinely passionate about our students and want all of them to succeed! While our Course Authors do work very hard to provide students with updated, quality content, they are also available for when students have questions. In fact, we've created a community where you can interact with other fellow students, which continues to grow with each passing day. Part of the reason why we love what we do here is being able to meet and interact with all of our students (current or future!), especially face-to-face.Recently, the Linux Academy team went to Interop ITX in Vegas and got to meet many students, here are some highlights:
Ever wonder who the voice behind your videos is? This month, we interviewed our Course Author, Derek Morgan. Get to know him a little better:1. What do you do at Linux Academy? I have been a Course Author for a little over 6 months. I am responsible for the “Deploying to AWS with Ansible and Terraform” and “AWS Certified Networking Specialty” courses. I am also responsible for several networking-related guides in the community. 2. What did you do before this? Before Linux Academy, I worked for a Managed Service Provider providing services to high-profile clients. Before that, I worked at a hosting company, providing tier 2 support for Linux and Windows servers. 3. What do you do in your free time? In my free time, I enjoy learning new things, running, climbing, biking, and pretty much anything else to stay active.
Learning AWS can be a very long and daunting experience. There are dozens of primary services, each with hundreds of features to learn. However, very few things can be more frustrating than having connectivity issue when trying to access a provisioned AWS resource, like an EC2 instance. After all, you just spent hours learning about AMIs, instance types, IP addresses, user-data, storage volumes, security groups, and key pairs. Now you just want to actually access the damn instance and have some fun with it. But as you try to access the instance, whether by SSH or HTTP, you get one of these dreaded errors: “access denied,” or “operation timed out,” or some other variation. Regardless of the error - you can’t log-in. AAAAARRRGGGGGG! Ok, so you vent a little bit – perhaps even yell at your computer. Regardless of your frustration, you still need to figure out what is wrong. With that in mind, I present some of the common (perhaps even simple) issues that cause many connectivity issues.
Most of us use AWS for work, but you can us it for fun too! In this post we are going to look at one of AWS's Artificial Intelligence (AI) product offering - Rekognition. Rekognition is a fully-managed service for image analyses. It can detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can even catalog the faces and then search through the pictures for the person you are looking for. Amazon uses its vast data store of images (which is why they allow you to save unlimited pictures if you have Prime) to train and improve the processing all the time, and the results are astounding. It can detect emotion, sunglasses, gender and even estimated age range of the person in the photo. So let's have some fun: Let's get the profile photos of the Linux Academy team members and let Rekognition estimate their age. Now, unlike most 'tech' companies, we actually have female team members and I know better to bring up the age topic with a lady so we are going to make sure that we do not scan their images.
AWS Simple Storage Service may be one of the easier AWS products to use out of the box, but that doesn't mean we don't sometimes need a quick reference for the command line. Especially if you're new to the Command Line Interface (CLI) or need to memorize some S3 feature before the big CSA exam, you need some references. This is why, for the first AWS-themed cheat sheet, we are focusing on S3.Click on the image below to get the full size and start learning!
Let's start with an important question: What is Elastic Beanstalk? Elastic Beanstalk is a service offered by Amazon which makes it easy to quickly deploy applications using AWS resources. Think about the traditional way of creating an application to deploy on AWS. First, we need to create the infrastructure. Second, we need to create a pipeline to deploy our code to that infrastructure. We also need to make sure that the new code can be deployed to a testing, Q&A, or other environments, before going to production. We have to have the infrastructure for all of those environments, which means we need to have the knowledge and resources to create that infrastructure. What if you're just trying to test a prototype really quickly? What if you don't have any infrastructure engineers on your team? The developers will have to learn how to deploy resources, and how to set up those pipelines. Instead of creating features, they're bogged down in the details. Elastic Beanstalk aims to solve that problem. Using Elastic Beanstalk, we can deploy our code and the service will automatically provision our capacity, set up our load balancing and auto scaling, as well as configure monitoring and anything else necessary to glue it all together.
These days, it’s rare that you’ll find a company that isn’t leveraging the advantages of cloud services. Despite some of the obvious ones, such as security and increasing the efficiency of your IT systems, there are a surprising number of companies – particularly small to medium businesses (SMBs) – that aren’t taking advantage of the cloud to backup their data. One of the reasons companies aren’t implementing cloud backup is that they lack the understanding or experience to do it properly. To combat this, Linux Academy has established a partnership with CloudBerry Lab to create a custom training course on how to design and implement backup strategies with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
AWS QuickSight is the BI (business intelligence) tool from AWS that enables creating attractive visualizations and perform ad-hoc data analysis on business data with the added advantage of high speed and scalability. Created by the leading cloud provider, it fills the void of a business analytics tool, which is an important part of a data analytics ecosystem. AWS QuickSight is the perfect answer to fthe BI needs of Amazon’s massive customer base, which already stores massive amounts of data in various AWS services like Athena, Redshift, RDS, S3 and others. QuickSight also offers an app for iOS and Android devices.
You have spent months studying, watched hours of video lessons, and passed all the quizzes and practice exams. You can…