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Chapter 3, Part 2: Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Welcome to the continuation of the third installment of Paul’s Tutorial Series! As mentioned in my previous article, this tutorial is all about exploring cloud providers.

More specifically, I wanted to look at first user experience across them, so I decided to sign-up to 6 cloud providers, and capture my experience spinning up a free-tier VM right after sign up.

The (6) cloud providers I tested are, in alphabetical order:

This means that this third chapter of my tutorial series will have 6 parts, one for each cloud provider.

While I walk you through every part of this chapter, I will measure the following:

  • Configuration of the default VM offered in free tier
  • Approximate number of clicks needed from post-signup page to having a VM up and running
  • Number of screens needed in a replay to publish this tutorial
  • Spin-up time
  • Usability score (from my perspective, in a scale of 1 to 5)

Today’s Tutorial: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Let’s dive into AWS, by clicking on the image below:

AWS is, as expected, super solid. Maybe it’s because everyone is used to it, but the walk through is simple and the launch time efficient:

Config of default free tier VM 1 vCPU / 1GB RAM
Approximate number of clicks from signup to VM 10-15
Number of replay screens 17
Spin-up time < 10s
Paul’s usability score (1-5) 4

Next week, we tackle Microsoft Azure. See you then!

Do you want to learn more about AWS? Check out this link.

Do you have suggestions? Comments? Tech you want me to have a look out? Reach out to me on LinkedIn / Twitter

About Paul’s Tutorial Series

What is it? Every week, I chose a piece of tech that picked my interest, and create an easy to consume tutorial showcasing this tech.

Why do I do it? I’m a huge nerd passionate about tech.

Who is this for? Anyone really. The goal is tech evangelization, without ulterior motive, just love.

What’s the topic for this week? How to create a VM in AWS and how does it compare to other cloud providers.

* Photo by Marc Sendra Martorell