Automating Infrastructure with Terraform

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This project is part of the liveProject series Automating Infrastructure for an E-commerce Website with Terraform and AWS
basics of cloud, networking, databases, Docker, and AWS
skills learned
Dockerizing an application • ECS deployments • configuring Auto Scaling
Lionel Pulickal
1 week · 9-12 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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In this liveProject, you’ll create and deploy a basic e-commerce website on top of a Terraform and AWS-based cloud infrastructure. You’ll start by building your sample site, and then package it in a Docker image and manually push it to an ECR repository. Next, you’ll create an ECS cluster, launch configuration, ECS roles, permissions, and security Groups for ECS. Finally, you’ll set up task definitions to run your applications as tasks, load balancers to balance the workload from all the incoming requests from users, and configure routing to handle all traffic in and out of the network. When you’re finished, you’ll be confident building production-ready apps based on Docker and ECS.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Lionel Pulickal
Lionel Pulickal works as a Cloud Infrastructure Analyst and has 23+years of experience in IT. He is experienced in creating solutions for a variety of business domains that include network management, second mortgage, financial, entertainment, supply chain, e-commerce, and insurance. He has worked for many big companies and also startups.


This liveProject is for developers and cloud engineers with a basic understanding of cloud essentials, networking basics, database basics, and backups. Some small costs ($10-$20) may be required to access AWS resources. To begin this liveProject you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Basics of Docker
  • Basics of AWS ECR
  • Basics of security groups
  • Basics of ECS cluster
  • Basics of load balancers and target groups
  • Basics of IAM roles and permissions
  • Understand what is involved in deploying an ECS application manually

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn how to build an application architecture from scratch.

  • Dockerizing an application
  • ECS deployments
  • Understand how Auto Scaling works
  • Configuring Auto Scaling
  • Configuring target groups
  • Configuring health check
  • Troubleshooting Auto Scaling issues
  • Understanding how health of an instance controls the Auto Scaling


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