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Cloud Primer for Amazon Web Services

This primer provides step-by-step tutorials on how to get started in the AWS cloud. The tutorials are listed in the recommended reading order. However, feel free to read them in an order that coincides with your background and preference. Given that cloud technology is constantly evolving, it is likely that some primer details no longer match reality when you try to use it. If you find mismatches (e.g. broken third-party links), contact us so that we can feed them into the next release of the primer.

Click on a tutorial to download the PDF:

01Why Use the Cloud? (PDF)

02Understanding and Managing Costs in the AWS Cloud (PDF)

03Create a Basic Elastic Cloud Computer (EC2) Instance (PDF)

04Connect to an AWS EC2 Instance - Windows and PuTTY (PDF)

05Connect to an AWS EC2 Instance - Mac OS X (PDF)

06Create Cloud Storage Using AWS Single Storage Service (S3) Buckets (PDF)

07Access AWS-hosted S3 Earthdata (PDF)

08Bring Your Own Script to the Cloud (PDF)

09Glossary and Acronyms Explained (PDF)

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