- About This Book
- Trying to Define the Cloud
- Moving to AWS
- Essential Characteristics of AWS Cloud Computing
- Operational Benefits of AWS
- Cloud Provider Limitations
- Data Security at AWS
- Network Security at AWS
- Application Security at AWS
- Compliance in the AWS Cloud
- Migrating Applications
- The Well-Architected Framework
- The Well-Architected Tool
- In Conclusion
In this initial chapter, we looked at just what the public cloud is these days and how AWS fits into the public cloud arena in the areas of infrastructure and development, namely IaaS and PaaS. The cloud is a data center; it’s just not yours.
The chapter looked at how NIST has defined the public cloud and how AWS fits into NIST’s definition; in most cases the initial NIST definition has morphed into a standard, followed by most corporations that have moved to the AWS cloud. We ended off with a bit of homework, suggesting that you should sign up for an AWS account and look at ways to leverage the free tier to further your learning, and you should review the AWS compliance page to see how your compliance needs match with what AWS can offer. And, of course, you should carefully review the well-architected framework documentation. It’s a pretty good guideline and online utility for getting used to how Amazon operates and how you probably want to operate in the cloud. The well-architected framework is also the baseline for the AWS Architecture Associate certification if you’re moving toward getting certified in the future.
Don’t forget about the companion videos, which are going to be key to working at AWS. In the companion videos, you’ll be introduced to Terra Firma, our use case for this book and the videos. Each video will look at a problem or situation that Terra Firma is facing as a company and suggest a solution. Each chapter also starts with several issues and concerns being faced by Terra Firma. It’s my hope that you can relate to the company’s concerns and the presented solutions. Each chapter ends with some relevant discussion points for consideration.
Let’s start learning about the big picture: regions, availability zones, and edge locations in Chapter 2.