Day 3: Exploring EC2 Instances and Launching Your First Instance ๐Ÿš€

Day 3: Exploring EC2 Instances and Launching Your First Instance ๐Ÿš€


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Welcome to Day 3 of our AWS Solutions Architect journey! Today, we're diving into the core of AWS compute services - EC2 instances. Understanding EC2 instances is fundamental to designing and deploying applications on the AWS Cloud. Get ready to explore different instance types and launch your very first EC2 instance! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Introduction to Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2: โš™๏ธ Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It allows you to run virtual servers, known as instances, for various applications.

Getting Started

Step 1: Learn About EC2 Instance Types

  1. Visit the EC2 Instance Types Documentation.

  2. Explore the various EC2 instance families and understand their use cases.

    • Learn about characteristics such as CPU, memory, and storage.

Step 2: Launch Your First EC2 Instance

  1. Log in to the AWS Management Console.

  2. Navigate to the EC2 Dashboard.

Real-World Industry Example: Web Application Hosting ๐ŸŒ

Consider you're part of a team developing a web application that experiences varying traffic throughout the day.

  • Scenario:

    • Requirement: Host a web application with the ability to scale based on demand.

    • Solution: Use EC2 instances with Auto Scaling to automatically adjust capacity.

    • Benefit: Ensures optimal performance during peak hours and cost savings during low traffic.

Hands-On Practice: Launching Your First EC2 Instance

Step 3: Launch an EC2 Instance

  1. In the EC2 Dashboard, click "Launch Instance."

  2. Follow the instance creation wizard:

    • Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI).

    • Select an instance type.

    • Configure instance details (e.g., network settings, IAM role).

    • Add storage and configure security groups.

    • Review and launch the instance.

Step 4: Connect to Your EC2 Instance

  1. Once the instance is running, select it in the EC2 Dashboard.

  2. Click "Connect" to get instructions on connecting to the instance.

    • Use SSH for Linux instances or Remote Desktop for Windows instances.


Congratulations on completing Day 3 of our AWS Solutions Architect journey! Today, you've explored the world of EC2 instances, learned about different instance types, and launched your very first EC2 instance. As you continue this 30-day adventure, remember that EC2 is a foundational service for many AWS deployments. Tomorrow, we'll explore more advanced EC2 configurations and features. Get ready for more AWS goodness! ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Stay curious, stay AWSome! ๐ŸŒŸโš™๏ธ

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