Amazon Web Services or AWS is one of the world’s most popular and reliable cloud computing platforms. It includes a wide range of compute, storage and content delivery, database, mobile and other services, and it’s a great way to host simple websites as well as complex web or mobile applications in the cloud.
In this tutorial, I’ll walk you, step by step, through the process of using the AWS Cloud to create and provision a new AWS Cloud server. And since AWS offers a Free Tier valid for 12 months, you’ll have plenty of time to experiment with your server without worrying about being billed for usage.
How to setup the AWS Cloud account for your training
Since you’re interested in learning about Cloud Computing, our journey starts with obtaining a free account with AWS.
In this tutorial, We’ll sign up for the AWS account so that you can start using the account for using the products and services for free with certain usage limits . Here are the steps you’ll follow in this tutorial:
- Register with Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Generate an AWS Access Key and Secret
- Login into your AWS Account using SSH Keys
- Review the AWS Console
- Identify the Regions in AWS Console
The next sections will walk you through these steps in detail.
Step 1: Register With Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Begin by creating an AWS account, by browsing to http://aws.amazon.com and clicking the “Sign Up” button at the top of the page. You will need an existing Amazon account to log in and sign up; if you don’t have one, create one to proceed.
Once that’s done, proceed to the next stage by entering your credit card information.
Amazon will now verify your identity, by making an automated call to your mobile phone number and prompting you to enter the PIN number displayed on the screen.
Once your identity is verified, choose the “Basic” support plan (also free) and confirm your account.
The AWS account registration machine will churn away for a minute or so, and you will then be redirected to a welcome page, which includes a link to the AWS management console. You should also receive an account confirmation email, which tells you that your account is good to go.
Step 2: Sign into the AWS Console
Step 3: Verify the AWS Region
|Region Name||Region Code|
|US East (Northern Virginia) Region||us-east-1|
|US West (Northern California) Region||us-west-1|
|US West (Oregon) Region||us-west-2|
|Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region||ap-northeast-1|
|Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region||ap-southeast-1|
|Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region||ap-southeast-2|
|EU (Ireland) Region||eu-west-1|
|South America (Sao Paulo) Region||sa-east-1|
- AWS Regions are dispersed and located in different parts of the world.
- Availability Zones are distinct locations within the same regions
- Availability Zones provide low latency network connectivity to other Availability zones in same region.
- Availability Zones are mini data centers separated from each other to isolate failures from other Availability Zones and provide High Availability.