What is IAM and what are some best practices?

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IAM also known as Identity Access Management provides the root user of the AWS account the opportunity to provide users and groups access to the AWS environment through permissions and policies.

If you are new to the AWS console and are registering an account for the first time you are considered the root user. The root user essentially has access to every portion of the AWS environment.

Remember the purpose of IAM is to provide users and groups access…


How small steps can ultimately lead to great distances.

As I begin my fourth week of my second semester in the UMBC Masters of Data Science Program I thought I’d share a few thoughts in regards to my first semester. I hope my feedback can provide some helpful insight and even help those who may feel hopeless.

For starters, My name is Sandeep Bansal. I have a bachelors degree in Biology and have worked in various fields in the healthcare system.

I did not have prior coding or computer science knowledge before beginning my masters.

Without prior knowledge in the…


A High level overview of how a Network operates before migrating to AWS.

Before we cover Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) I believe its important to have an understanding of how a network operates before migrating to the cloud. Remember an absolute beginner would not have background knowledge on this topic. It’s important to cover this topic before going onto VPCs because VPCs accept and send traffic utilizing networks. Lets get started!

Above is a diagram I drew of two networks at a high level.


Statistics 101: Understanding the different type of variables.

As we enter the latter part of the year 2020, it is safe to say that companies utilize data to assist in making business decisions. For example doing exploratory data analysis (EDA) to calculate statistics of where the business stands today, it may include a simple Linear Regression model to predict product prices in 2021. Perhaps it utilizes neither and instead uses clustering to determine relationships between data points. …


Through a Netflix example I will show how important these two concepts improve performance and cost optimization

In my previous article I wrote about Availability zones and how the AWS infrastructure provides high availability and fault tolerance. In this article I will cover two more key concepts that make the AWS cloud ideal for businesses looking to improve performance and cost optimization. Through Scalability and Elasticity businesses are able to adjust to incoming traffic much easier than if it were done on premise.

In my previous article I used an example using Dropbox. This time I will use an example…


A birds eye view into how AWS is built: Regions Availability Zones

The AWS infrastructure is physically made up of different regions across the entire world. Within each region there are a minimum of 2 availability zones. Within availability zones contain data centers. Although a region contains a minimum of 2 availability zones, many regions contain much more than that. For example the Norther Virginia region contains 6 availability zones. Availability Zones work together ensure high availability and fault tolerance.

The best way to define high availability is through an example. Let’s pretend you are writing up a word document…


Using Machine Learning to analyze my favorite basketball team.

To see the entire code visit my Github: Here

As I watched the documentary The Last Dance featuring the Chicago Bulls, I anticipated the possibility of the show concluding with Michael Jordan’s final days in the NBA wearing a Wizards jersey. Unfortunately, after falling short to mention his NBA comeback to DC, I was left contemplating : Does anyone remember Michael Jordan playing for the Washington Wizards?

Sandeep Bansal

Data Science and AWS Cloud Computing enthusiast

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