Deploy a highly available serverless application using AWS services

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
Configuring Cognito for Unauthenticated access
Setting up Kinesis Firehose
Examining the LoungeBeer application
Hosting a Static Website
Creating a Lifecycle Rule for an S3 Bucket
Querying LoungeBeer content on S3 with Athena

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Lab Overview

In this lab you will learn how to deploy a highly available website using Amazon Web Services. The lab is built upon a scenario that draws upon real-world challenges facing many website and web application deployments. is based on a fictitious  company that wants to run an advertising campaign during the half time of the Super Bowl. faces many of the same challenges as other companies do, including time restrictions, cost limitations, high availability and security concerns. The deployment leans heavily upon several Amazon Web Services. Services that you will configure from authentication all the way through long term storage. The AWS services include:

  • Cognito
  • Simple Storage Solution (S3)
  • Glacier
  • Athena
  • Kinesis Firehose
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • CloudFront
  • An example application that leverages the AWS JavaScript SDK is also used

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Configure unauthenticated identities in Amazon Cognito
  • Create a delivery stream in Amazon Kinesis Firehose
  • Configure and navigate Amazon S3 for various storage and retrieval purposes
  • Monitor Amazon Firehose to S3 inbound and delivery metrics graphed by CloudWatch
  • Complete an AWS wizard that builds a static website using CloudFront and S3
  • Use developer tools in the browser to confirm several AWS services used in the Lab are functioning properly
  • Configure a lifecycle rule in S3 to automatically use Glacier for archival (long term storage) and expiration

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Application development basics, particularly surrounding security topics such as identification, authentication, and security keys
  • Information Technology deployment considerations, such as Domain Name Service (DNS), Content Delivery Network (CDN), high availability, reporting and monitoring
  • JavaScript proficiency is not required, but is helpful
It is highly recommended that you take the Scenario - Creating a Highly Available Campaign Web Site course prior to completing this Lab. The topics above are discussed within the context of a design solution whiteboard session.

Lab Environment

After completing the lab instructions the environment should look similar to:



January 10th, 2019 - Added a validation Lab Step to check the work you perform in the Lab

About the Author


Greg has been a consistent high performer for pioneering technologies in the wireless web industries with an illustrious career that is a testament to his breadth of knowledge. Dabbling with MS Azure, at Cloud Academy, Greg really thrives on evangelizing the benefits of Amazon Web Services. A dedicated and passionate professional who learns new and emerging technologies quickly, Greg always ensures the highest quality and caliber of everything he produces.