The Illustrated AWS Cloud: A Guide to Help You on Your Cloud Practitioner Journey

The Illustrated AWS Cloud: A Guide to Help You on Your Cloud Practitioner Journey

by Jen Looper, Denise Yu
The Illustrated AWS Cloud: A Guide to Help You on Your Cloud Practitioner Journey

The Illustrated AWS Cloud: A Guide to Help You on Your Cloud Practitioner Journey

by Jen Looper, Denise Yu


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An intuitive, fully illustrated guide to Amazon Web Services for the visually oriented

In The Illustrated AWS Cloud: A Guide to Help You On Your Cloud Practitioner Journey, a team of veteran tech educators delivers a visual and entertaining guide to Amazon Web Services cloud concepts. The authors focus on the job role and responsibilities of an AWS cloud practitioner, guiding readers through choosing the best AWS services for specific use cases.

In addition to general cloud concepts, security and compliance, technology, and billing and pricing topics, you’ll find:

  • High-resolution, black-and-white illustrations clearly explaining critical technical concepts
  • Comprehensive coverage of working with an AWS account and understanding the AWS environment
  • Complete chapters on each of the main categories of AWS services, including Compute, Storage, Database, and Networking

The authors also provide bonus content on their companion website at Perfect for anyone looking for an easy-to-follow and visual introduction to the Amazon Web Services cloud, including those considering a career as a cloud administrator or technical support person, The Illustrated AWS Cloud is an effective resource for business, finance, sales, and marketing professionals who support and collaborate with AWS tech professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781394225552
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/07/2023
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


JEN LOOPER is the Head of Academic Advocacy at AWS with over 23 years of experience as a web and mobile developer, specializing in creating cross-platform mobile and web apps. A published author, Jen has written Computer Science for Kids (Wiley, 2023), a book aligned to CSTA standards for grades 6-8. Visit for more information. Jen’s area of focus is curriculum development and the application of sound pedagogy to technical topics. Visit Jen’s personal site at

DENISE YU is a software engineering manager and occasional illustrator. She has spoken at conferences around the world on topics ranging from distributed computing to competitive debating. She holds an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Columbia University. You can learn more about Denise at

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Cloud Concepts 1

What Is Cloud Computing? 2

What Are Cloud Economics? 16

How Can You Reduce Costs? 24

How Should You Design Your Cloud Architecture? 30

The Well-Architected Framework 37

Chapter 2: Staying Safe with Security and Compliance 50

Introduction 51

The Shared Responsibility Model 53

Security and Compliance Concepts 60

AWS Access Management Capabilities 69

Identifying Resources for Security Support 81

Chapter 3: Entering the Cloud 88

Introduction 89

Different Ways of Provisioning and Operating in the AWS Cloud 90

Types of Deployment Models 93

Considering Migration Options 98

Identifying Connectivity Options 99

Going Global 104

Living on the Edge 110

Chapter 4: Camping in the Cloud 112

Introduction 113

Compute 114

Storage 123

Networking 132

Databases 139

Machine Learning 146

Getting Help 149

Chapter 5: Being Frugal with Billing and Pricing 156

Pricing Tiers 157

Getting Billing Support and Information 165

Finding Pricing Information on AWS Services 172

Alarms! Alerts! Tags! 174

Conclusion 178

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