AWS Test Drive - Amazon Sandbox

    imageNot so long ago, AWS Amazon introduced a service called AWS Test Drive. I was lucky, as part of the joint AWS program between Amazon and our company, I was able to get to know this service better and try out its functionality. To begin with, I want to briefly tell you what it is and why it is needed.

    What it is?

    In fact, this is a set of ready-made technical solutions from Amazon partners, made in the form of laboratory work.
    Each laboratory work contains a brief description of its purpose, a text-based step-by-step manual, a video tutorial and, of course, the Cloud Formation Template, which should do the bulk of the work.
    Each laboratory work has a time limit and the number of starts.
    Which is logical, because you, as an AWS Test Drive user, are provided with resources for free.
    Test labs are now available from Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Redhat, Alfresco, Trend micro, Infor, Sophos, and F5.




    Unfortunately, not all test labs are open to the public. For example, when I tried to register in the RedHat test lab, I was told that the registration with gmail is “RedListed”.
    But then you can easily register with a Microsoft lab and try out, for example, the SQL Server AlwaysOn solution (This test lab demonstrates the high availability feature of SQL Server 2012, deployed across two Data Centers. The lab provides an intuitive web interface to visualize and validate various failover scenarios)
    After registration and login, we see approximately the following picture:

    Click "Try it now!" and we get to the menu of the laboratory itself, where we can already directly start creating the environment or download the documentation about this laboratory work.


    Who needs this?

    Yes, in principle, to any representative of the IT sphere related to the development, testing or administration.
    This is a great chance to try out software products and technical solutions from leading industry developers absolutely free of charge and at the same time gain new knowledge in the field of system administration and system architecture.
    For example, as part of a lab from Oracle, you can familiarize yourself with Oracle Database Disaster Recovery.

    As part of our partnership program, I was preparing lab work on deploying MongoDB in replication mode.
    If readers become interested, in my next article I can talk about the process of creating laboratory work.

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