Creating and Launching Amazon EC2 Instances

Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 30-Mar-2020

Creating and Launching Amazon EC2 Instances

Amazon Web Services or simply put AWS, is a comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform that offers an array of services to cross-industry enterprises. As of today, organizations of all sizes and types are using AWS to strengthen their IT infrastructure and applications. Cloud computing services under the AWS spectrum enable enterprises to significantly reduce operational costs, enhance data security, and accelerate inbound/outbound processes. 


Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a part of the AWS development suite that aims at simplifying web-scale cloud computing services. It is a web service that provides a secure, resizable computing capacity to address and overcome complex enterprise challenges. Amazon EC2 provides an intuitive web service interface to effortlessly configure and optimize computing capacity with minimal complexities. As a result, it puts you in direct control of your computing resources by providing a fully-managed AWS cloud computing platform.


At Oodles, we have been increasingly using Amazon EC2 as part of our AWS development services. Our development team is experienced in implementing AWS suite to enhance workforce efficiency with a streamlined computing environment. It brings the discussion to how we implement Amazon EC2 in cross-industry enterprise applications. Below is a step-by-step guide to implementing Amazon EC2 in enterprise processes. 


Also read Strengthening Content Delivery Networks With AWS CloudFront


Getting Started

Before we proceed further, let’s get you familiar with the basic technicalities of the process. For implementing Amazon EC2, we are going to be relying on Amazon EBS-backed instances. Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) will provide us raw block-level storage as part of the relational database service. First and foremost, you need to select an Availability Zone running your EBS-backed instances. You can manually choose the Availability Zone aur let EC2 service select the best available zone for you. Then you may proceed further and launch your instance. It is advisable to secure by specifying a private key while launching the instance. You will require this private key for connecting to your instance after successfully launching it. 


Setting Up Amazon EC2

Once you sign up for Amazon Web Services, you gain access to Amazon EC2 and several other cloud computing services under the AWS spectrum. Below are the steps you need to follow for setting up Amazon EC2:


  • Sign up for Amazon Web Services
  • Sign in to AWS Management Console and open the Amazon EC2 console; then select Launch Instance
  • Create a key pair; Under the Network & Security tab, select Key Pairs and then click Create Key Pair
  • Follow the instructions to successfully create a key pair


The next step is to create a security group. Follow the steps below to create a security group:


  • Launch the Amazon EC2 console 
  • Under the navigation menu, select Security Groups > Create Security Group
  • Enter a suitable name and description for your security group
  • From the navigation bar, select a geographical region for your security group; it should be the same region where you created the key pair
  • Under the VPC list, choose your VPC for the selected region
  • Configure the security settings as per your requirement 


After successfully setting up Amazon EC2, you may proceed further to create and launch your first EC2 instance.


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Launching The EC2 Instance

Below are the steps required to launch an EC2 instance in Amazon Web Services:


  • Open the Amazon EC2 console and select Launch Instance
  • Select an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) as per your operating system
  • Select Choose an Instance Type and then configure instance details
  • Select Add Storage and then Add Tags
  • Give an appropriate name to your instance and choose the default Security Group
  • Go to Review and Launch and then click Launch
  • Select the key pair that you previously created and click Launch Instances


Closing Remarks

One of the main advantages of using Amazon EC2 is the Elastic Load Balance feature that automatically distributes incoming application traffic. It enables enterprises to detect faulty instances in EC2 and reroute their traffic accordingly to reduce downtime. Load balancing in Amazon EC2 triggers automatically in response to the incoming app traffic. Another significant advantage is Auto Scaling that automatically adjusts the EC2 capacity as per the defined parameters. In addition, EC2 supports Elastic IP addresses that provide several benefits over the traditional static IP addresses. Elastic IPs can be mapped to any type of virtual machine instances to provide greater flexibility. All these features and support for a wide range of AWS-based tools and services make EC2 an extremely useful cloud computing tool for enterprise applications.


Avail Our AWS Development Services To Strengthen Your IT Infrastructure

We, at Oodles, provide end-to-end AWS app development and AWS consulting services to streamline enterprise IT processes with managed cloud solutions. Our development team is skilled at using a variety of AWS tools including AWS Lambda, CloudFront, Amazon Snowball, Glaciar, Amazon EC2 and more. Our managed AWS cloud services ensure seamless development and deployment of enterprises applications for increased operational efficiency on the cloud.

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Anirudh Bhardwaj

Anirudh is a Content Strategist and Marketing Specialist who possess strong analytical skills and problem solving capabilities to tackle complex project tasks. Having considerable experience in the technology industry, he produces and proofreads insightful content on next-gen technologies like AI, blockchain, ERP, big data, IoT, and immersive AR/VR technologies. In addition to formulating content strategies for successful project execution, he has got ample experience in handling WordPress/PHP-based projects (delivering from scratch with UI/UX design, content, SEO, and quality assurance). Anirudh is proficient at using popular website tools like GTmetrix, Pagespeed Insights, ahrefs, GA3/GA4, Google Search Console, ChatGPT, Jira, Trello, Postman (API testing), and many more. Talking about the professional experience, he has worked on a range of projects including Wethio Blockchain, BlocEdu, NowCast, IT Savanna, Canine Concepts UK, and more.

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