Leveraging the Cloud

We had the opportunity to visit Colorado recently, a working vacation of sorts, assisting with a youth camp held at the Y in the Rockies. A more majestic vista in June is hard to find, and as it turns out, a location that provided a perfect backdrop for experiments with Amazon Web Services (AWS). I found myself more and more enamoured with AWS. For example, in a matter of minutes, I was able to spin up EC2 instances, and build the p2t backend with relative ease. I was able to experiment a little with the new AWS lambda functions, which provide scalable backend services to client applications; the cloud incarnate. Despite the limited bandwidth available in Estes Park, documents were processed on AWS instances located in NoVA, and within seconds I received text output back. Overall a very positive testament to cloud computing and AWS in general.