AWS Test Drive: Amazon Sandbox.

by Oleksandr Molchanov

Recently, AWS Amazon has introduced a service Called AWS Test Drive... As part of a collaboration between AWS Amazon and our company, I was lucky to get my hands on this service and play around with its functionality. To begin with, I'd like to share a few words on AWS Test Drive and its usage.

So, what is AWS Test Drive?

Essentially, it is a set of ready-to-use technical solutions provided by Amazon partners and implemented in the form of test labs. Each test lab contains a short description of its objective, a written step-by-step manual, a video tutorial, and, of course, a cloud formation template that is supposed to do most of the work.

Every lab has a defined limit of runtime and launches, which makes perfect sense since AWS Test Drive resources are provided to the users for free.

Currently available test labs come from Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Redhat, Alfresco, Trend micro, Infor, Sophos and F5.

Unfortunately, not all the labs are available for the public. For example, when I tried to register for the RedHat lab, I received a notification that registration with a Gmail account is "RedListed".

On the other hand, you can easily register for the lab provided by Microsoft and test the "SQL Server AlwaysOn" solution, for example. 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 registering and logging in, we see something like this:

Click "Try it now!" to open the test lab menu, where you can directly launch the creation of the environment and download documentation about this specific lab.

Who will find it useful?

Basically, it can be any IT specialist involved in development, testing, or administration.

It is a great opportunity to try out applications and technical solutions from the industry's leading software providers (absolutely free of charge), as well as to gain new knowledge in system administration and system architecture.

For example, the Oracle test lab will allow you to learn about "Oracle Database Disaster Recovery".

Within the scope of our collaboration, I configured a test lab to deploy MongoDB in the replication mode. More on this in one of our previous blog posts.

Send me a note, and I will tell more about the actual process of creating a test lab in the next article.