I picked up this book a couple of years ago when it was shiny and new. I was moving from classic Unix Systems/Network Administration into Cloud Administration at the time. I had been hammering myself against the AWS framework without really understanding how the pieces fit together. And while AWS docs can be extensive, they tend to read like the Oracle at Delphi prophecies at times.
This book solved the framework understanding issue. By following the bash scripts, I could clearly see how the networks were being built and intertwining. Since getting this book, I've progressed far into the AWS architecture world.
A huge thank you to Christian for providing something real other than the fluff books that I'd found at the time to describe the architecture layout in a way that an old school Unix sysadmin could sink some teeth into. Yes, there are now other frameworks that work as well as plain scripting. But if you are brand new to Cloud but know how to script, this isn't a bad place to start the journey.
Amazon Web Services provides an excellent Command Line Interface (CLI) for managing Cloud Resources. This cookbook shows you in detail with practical examples how to automate many tasks using the CLI and bash. Launch Servers, Elastic Load Balancers and RDS Databases from comprehensive scripts. Also included is a scripted approach to setting up SES (Amazon's email service) and the SNS callbacks required. The book also focusses heavily on Security: Apache, PHP, ModSecurity and MySQL are discussed and scripted in detail. You can download all the scripts from the book at http://www.quickstepapps.com and also get valuable support and further articles. Please 'Look Inside' and read the Table of Contents and Introduction for even more information.