Getting Started With Amazon Web Services: A Few Tips




Let’s jump into the AWS world, shall we?

If you didn’t know already, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of the larger core group, Amazon that helps with providing on-demand computing platforms to different companies or whatever organization, on a pay-as-you-go sort of basis. Are you curious yet? Getting into new and different technology is good and is always an exciting experience. There are such technologies coming up almost every day. If you’re interested in getting into Amazon Web Services, we’ve gathered some tips that might end up being helpful to you. It’s best to do some research on a platform before actually engaging to avoid some common pitfalls.




1. Enable MFA For The Root User


You see, a root user is authorized to grant access to so many aspects linked to your Amazon Web Services account, that it’s crazy. Although it's a good thing, this also means that your root user could get your link to a whole bunch of bad intruders. This is why you should enable your Multifactor-Authentication (MFA) as soon as you create your account. It's the safest way to go about it. You can do this through any of the two ways, get hardware medium or install an application on a mobile device. After downloading has finished, you will be asked to log in without email address and possibly a one-time password too. It's super easy to do plus you'll be risk-free.



2. Automating For The Best AWS Experience.


If you're looking for one good advantage for you to get into AWS, it's definitely the fact that its API allows you to automate any part of your infrastructure. You can do so from even launching machines to creating the network of your dreams. If administration issues are your concern (it mostly is for a lot of people) then don't worry, automation actually gets rid of it and improves your infrastructure as a whole.




3. Billing Alarms Go A Long Way


Like we mentioned earlier, Amazon Web Services use the pay-as-you-go or the pay-per-use model for their platform. If you launch something through your AWS account, you will automatically be directed to pay per hour you use it or else you’ll be billed for every GB of data stored in the object store. Also, it is always better to eliminate old unused virtual machines of sorts to avoid unnecessary costs piling up in your account.


4. Enable Cloudtrail In AWS


You can use the Cloudtail feature to track every call to your AWS’s API. This way, whenever you or any of your partners change up the infrastructure you’ve been working on, there will be a log created automatically. What’s the point of this you ask? Well, In the case of any bugs or doubts regarding it, you’ll be able to get to the root of the problem pretty easily. Everything is logged and ready for you to check in next time you check in your AWS account.


5. We Recommend Consulting The Advisor


Getting your main architecture checked is a good idea. but if a private consultant is not on your mind you can always check in with the AWS Trusted Advisor which is an automated specialist, ready to give you all sorts of advice and clear several doubts linked to your AWS account and more.