Outlining our plan
Setting up the infrastructure
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In this course, the expert CloudAcademy's Senior Devops Engineer, Antonio Angelino, will discuss how to set up a static website on the Cloud using only Amazon S3 to store the files, Amazon CloudFront for content delivery, Route 53 to associate a custom domain name to our website, and Amazon Glacier to set up an automatic backup strategy of the website's files on S3. It's an effective and low-cost solution that avoids the burden of configuring an EC2 instance with a webserver for a task that is very simple, but still needs good skills to be accomplished proficiently.
Who should follow this course
As a beginner-to-intermediate course, you are expected to have some experience with the basic concepts of website hosting. Also, you should have at least a small experience with the AWS services described in the course, namely S3, CloudFront, Route53 and Glacier. In any case, you should be able to understand the key concepts shown in this course even if you are a newcomer of the Amazon Cloud.
If you need to learn more about the AWS services cited here, please check our collection of AWS courses. Also, if you want to test your knowledge on the basic topics covered in this course, check out our AWS questions. You will learn more about every single services cited in this course.
If you have thoughts or suggestions for this course, please contact Cloud Academy at email@example.com.
Before starting our service configuration, it's useful to understand how services will work together to serve our static content. When a browser tries to connect to our static website using the domain name URL, Route 53 is in charge of serving the CloudFront distribution URL.
Behind the scenes, CloudFront service will route all user requests to the nearest data center. For example, the edge location A.
Now the user's browser has the IP address of the nearest server to query for page and asset retrieval and starts making all required HTTP requests.
The CloudFront edge location may return requests to data immediately or look for it by making an internal request to the linked AWS bucket.
Amazon S3 replies back to CloudFront, sending the latest version of all requested files. Then CloudFront edge location servers cache all data and send the requested files back to the user's browser.
Last but not least, all requests are logged by CloudFront and S3 into a specific S3 bucket.
About the Author
Antonio is an IT Manager and a software and infrastructure Engineer with 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and deploying complex webapps.
He has a deep knowledge of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards and of several programming languages (Python, PHP, Java, Scala, JS).
Antonio has also been using and designing cloud infrastructures for five years, using both public and private cloud services (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, Openstack and Vmware vSphere).
During his past working experiences, he designed and managed large web clusters, also developing a service orchestrator for providing automatic scaling, self-healing and a Disaster Recovery Strategy.
Antonio is currently the Labs Product Manager and a Senior DevOps Engineer at Cloud Academy; his main goal is providing the best learn-by-doing experience possible taking care of the Cloud Academy Labs platform.