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Explore Elastic Compute Cloud in this course covering instance types, pricing and more.

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Course description

Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a service that lets you run virtual servers (machines) in the cloud. In this course, you’ll improve your understanding of EC2 with this course covering instance types, EC2 prices and EC2 in combination with Elastic Block Store (EBS).

Course syllabus

EC2 OverviewDuration: 11:16

Cloud computing is all the buzz today, but what is the service in AWS that allows for this? The answer is EC2 and this episode introduces the concepts around the EC2 service.

EC2 Instance TypesDuration: 9:22

When you launch an EC2 instance, you must consider more than just the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to use. You must also determine the instance type or class to use so that you can achieve optimum performance. For this reason, it is important to understand the contents of this episode.

EC2 PricingDuration: 13:27

Pricing for EC2 instances varies greatly within AWS. The most impacting factors in EC2 pricing are instance types/classes in use and the pricing category chosen as discussed in this episode.

EBS and EC2Duration: 5:27

Elastic Block Store is your "hard drive" in the cloud. This episode introduces the use of an EBS volume in AWS.

Meet the author

Tom Carpenter


Tom Carpenter is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. He started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded the technical content development and training company SysEdCo in 1997, which he continues to operate. Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and holds many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations. He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry. Tom uses AWS to run several business websites as well as test labs used for content creation and management. According to Tom, "AWS is everything I did in the 90s, and more, in the cloud!” Tom lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Julie and enjoys anything related to technology, learning and human potential.

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