Thursday 10th March, 2011
1:20pm to 4:40pm
Python makes it easy to develop great web applications. Amazon Web Services (AWS) makes it easy to deploy scalable, fault tolerant applications. In this tutorial we will focus on taking a provided Django web application and deploying it to AWS through a series of hands on exercises using Amazon's load balancing, auto scaling, content delivery and relational database services.
In this tutorial we will start with a demo Django application that we will use for the rest of the exercises. No previous experience with Django will be required.
Exercise 1: deploy the demo Django application to a single EC2 node using MySQL backed by an EBS (Elastic Bloc Storage) volume.
Exercise 2: move the database to RDS (Relational Database Service) and scale out reads using RDS read replicas.
Exercise 3: add a second node for the web application and place them into ELB (Elastic Load Balancer).
Exercise 4: move the static content into S3 and CloudFront.
Exercise 5: create an Auto Scaling group to automatically adjust the fleet of web servers based on load.
After these exercises the student will be left with a set of automated recipes for provisioning and deploying standard Django applications to AWS in a scalable, fault tolerant manner.
Students will be need to bring their own laptop and have a current AWS account including signing up for the following services: EC2, S3, CloudFront and RDS. Usage of AWS will be billed to the student by Amazon, but it should only be a few dollars for the 3 hour exercise. Students using Windows will need to have Putty installed for SSH access.
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