Amazon cloud basics
Cloud servers are an amazingly flexible way to use computing resources. Servers and test benches used to take weeks to order and configure, but thanks to the cloud, you can build up arbitrarily complex farms of computers to do your bidding in a few minutes, from serving a dynamic news app to crunching through a data set to trying out a new technology on the cheap. This course will help you understand the thicket of acronyms and programs that make up Amazon's AWS system and will get you started building servers.
All you need is a normal Amazon account. Before the class, go to http://aws.amazon.com/ and click "sign up," and follow the instructions so you've got an account ready. Important note: We'll build actual servers and then turn them off, which may cost a few dollars.
Scott is a Deputy Managing Editor at ProPublica, where he leads the data and interactive teams. He was also a co-founder of DocumentCloud. @kleinmatic
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