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2.10 Other Services

The list of interesting Amazon services goes on and on. In this lesson, I’ll give you an overview of RDS (Relational Database Service), ElastiCache, Glacier, Direct Connect and Kinesis. I’ll also mention some others that might be of interest.

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2.10 Other Services

Hi, welcome to Explore Amazon Web Services. In this lesson, I'm going to show you some services that are worth being mentioned even though we haven't covered them in this course. Some of these services are just so specific or obvious that it is difficult to present a good example to you. I'm going to start with RDS, the relational database service. It is what is called a pretty interface to standard database service, like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server. You just have to choose a license, your deployment option. Multi-AZ deployments means that you have multiple replications in the same region but in different data centers, or liability cells. And then you instance size, storage type, and master credentials. Then in the same category, we have ElastiCache. It is, again, a printing interface to start our caching service. You have the option to use non-cached or writers. Then you can again set cache specific options and select the instance type. As before, those types are specifically designed for a use case. Next up is Glacier. It is used to store archive data that isn't read frequently. Cold storage, if you will, hence the name. It is instant to write, but it can take a few hours to request data again. There is a great use case for this in client software that I've found very handy. Haystack Software produces a back up tool called Arq that can store your data in S3 and Glacier. Of course, Glacier is much cheaper than S3, and can store up to 40 terabytes in a single archive. Now, a quick mention of the networking section. As you have already seen you can create separate virtual private networks in AWS and you can also directly connect your own IT infrastructure to the AWS data centers for faster transfer speed using direct connect. Then we have the management tools, which are used to monitor and manage your IT infrastructure, be it in AWS with CloudFormation, or by creating service catalogs for your company's IT. There is also OpsWorks, which lets you use Chef as a configuration management solution. Next there is directory service, your Active Directory in the cloud. Amazon uses some before to provide you with AD compatible services. You can also connect your companies' Active Directory using a connector. But you'll either need a VPN connection or AWS direct connect, to hook up your own infrastructure up with your watch loop private cloud in AWS. Since mobile applications are hugely popular, and testing those on a large number of devices is very painful, especially if you have to purchase them all, AWS offers device farm to test and write FiOS and iOS apps on real devices. To collect usage information on those apps, there is mobile analytics to help you out. If you're doing a lot of media production and distribution, you might want to check out Elastic Transcoder. It is a service to transcode media stored in an S3 bucket into different audio and video codex using specific pipelines and drops you can define yourself. There are many services I didn't cover, such as enterprise applications like WorkMail, to provide you with Microsoft Exchange compatible email and calendar services, r the whole analytics category. Whereas most of them, if you really have a use for it, you probably know more about this technology than I do anyways.

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