Day 3: Exploring EC2 Instances and Launching Your First Instance 🚀
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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! 👩💻👨💻
Introduction to Amazon EC2
Amazon EC2: ⚙️ 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.
Step 1: Learn About EC2 Instance Types
Visit the EC2 Instance Types Documentation.
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
Log in to the AWS Management Console.
Navigate to the EC2 Dashboard.
Real-World Industry Example: Web Application Hosting 🌐
Consider you're part of a team developing a web application that experiences varying traffic throughout the day.
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
In the EC2 Dashboard, click "Launch Instance."
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
Once the instance is running, select it in the EC2 Dashboard.
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! 🚀👩💻👨💻
Stay curious, stay AWSome! 🌟⚙️