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On September 21 and 22, 2015, Duke researchers have a chance to get a quick primer on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and have a hands-on experience with the cloud service. AWS staff will conduct sessions both days, beginning Monday morning through lunch with an overview of AWS offerings. On Monday afternoon, an optional Web Services Immersion Hands-on Lab with three sessions will take place. On Tuesday, September 22, in the morning a second Web Services Immersion Hands-on Lab with three other sessions will be offered. Topics listed below. Participation in the Monday morning overview session is strongly encouraged for all who take part in the hands-on sessions. For those who wish to speak with representatives from Amazon Web Services, 30-minute consultation sessions can be scheduled on Monday afternoon.

See the schedule below for the topics of the hands-on sessions. And, yes, Monday’s lunch is provided for registered participants.

We anticipate that these events will be popular, and registration is required. People who take part in the hands-on events will need to bring their own laptop computers, and they should have administrative privileges on the device. Amazon does not recommend using a Chromebook for the hands-on sessions. Participants in the hands-on sessions are required to create an Amazon Web Services account using instructions provided after registration. Amazon is providing free use of the AWS service for the hands-on sessions.

Amazon Web Services Overview Session
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided to all registered attendees).
Location: Room 217 Perkins Library

Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. We will maintain a wait list.

Researchers can schedule 1/2 hr. private meetings with the AWS Scientific Compute Group for the afternoon of September 21, 2015, only on a first-come, first-served basis at The Edge – Murthy Digital Studio (first floor Bostock Library) between 1:30-5:00 p.m.  Separate registration is required.

Optional hands-on labs

Six optional hands-on labs will be offered. Separate registration is required for Lab #1 and Lab #2. REGISTER HERE: Space is limited to 40 participants per session. We will maintain a wait list.

Amazon Web Services  Immersion Hands-on Lab #1

Session #1 EC2 (Compute)
Session #2 VPC (Networking)
Session #3 IAM (Identity Management)

Each Session runs approximately 1.5 hours
Date: Monday, September 21
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Edge Workshop Room, 1st floor Bostock Library

Amazon Web Services  Immersion Hands-on Lab #2

Session #1 S3/Glacier (Storage)
Session #2 RDS (Database)
Session #3 ELB (Elastic Load Balancer)

Each session runs approximately 1.5 hours.
Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Edge Workshop Room, 1st floor Bostock Library

For questions, email Christine Vucinich at <>.

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