FileMaker and Amazon Web Services
Mike Duncan and Bill Heizer of Soliant Consulting presented at DevCon 2017 on FileMaker and Amazon Web Services (AWS). First, kudos to both for tackling a large and complex topic in less than an hour. By necessity, they had to take a high level view, meaning it’s not really a good primer for learning how to do all they show. But it is a great roadmap of features and capabilities.
If you plan to use AWS (or are just thinking about it), you need to watch this video:
Developers: You’ll get a decent overview of what it takes to start using AWS.
Everyone else: You’ll get a decent overview of the capabilities of AWS and how they will help your organization.
Topics covered in this video:
- Making an AWS account
- An overview of the terminology
- An overview of the various AWS services
- Configuring an EC2 instance
- An overview of using VPC and other security options
- Identity and Access Management
- Pricing examples
AppStream 2 ( at the 40:25 mark)
This new Terminal Service type program has huge possibilities for Remote FileMaker Users. Essentially, it provides full FileMaker capability via a web browser with these capabilities:
- Producing and printing a pdf report
- Sharing items from your hard drive to a shared storage area
- Opening multiple windows at one time
- Plugin usage
- It’s fast
My initial take: if the cost is reasonable (and from the info provided it seems to be), this gives fast, full featured access to a FileMaker solution via a web browser. And it is way more powerful than WebDirect. I need to do more research on this, but the possibilities are exciting.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.