A Curiosity turned into A Career

Cloud Maestro
·Apr 22, 2021·

3 min read

A Curiosity turned into A Career

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“I have no special talent. I am passionately curious — Albert Einstein”

Well, I will not compare myself to Albert Einstein but I am a curious guy when it comes to learning things. I am a computer enthusiast and a decent coder who wanted to learn more than coding. So I looked for other things to pursue as a career where I came to know about Networking and CCNA and blah! blah! blah! When I started to learn Networking Concepts, something always told me Networking and Systems Operations is not your thing. I did not listen to it and pursued the Networking for nearly 6 months. I got a pretty good knowledge of DNS, VPC, and more… When I was learning Networking, I came across the word “Cloud” and had no idea about it. So I decided to look over it. That is when it Happened…..!

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So, I started an AWS Account.

I am a first-year student who had good knowledge of coding and limited knowledge of Networking. I entered the AWS Management Console. I didn’t read the terms of Free Tier. When I saw the Free Tier Word, I thought it was like Amazon Prime and thought AWS is free for 1 year. So I gave my father’s debit card and casually logged in. I thought all the resources in the AWS were free. So I fired up an instance and I had some previous knowledge of Linux. I was cautious enough to fire up a free tier Linux but I was not clever enough to turn off those instances. Once the EC2 instances were fired up, I logged into it and played some basic commands.

1_BlA1JusI6iLDCwohPCJonw.png Then it Happened….! I did not terminate those instances and caught up with my college semester. I completely forgot about the instances, that was running 24x7 and my free tier got over and the bill was running up. The miserable thing is I had changed my E-mail address and so I did not saw those alerts and Emails.

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The price of the instance running went above 10K every month. In AWS, the amount above 10K should be manually authorized which saved me big time. Accidentally, I went to my email and saw those alerts and went crazy for 10mins. Then I calmed myself and raised a ticket with AWS Customer Support

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I freaked out in the chat and I was literally crying to him in the chat. He called me and calmed me. So I had three months of the bill which was around 35K. He said he could give me a discount of around two months and told me to pay the last month’s amount. I explained my situation again and insisted that I am a student. he contacted his manager and got back to me with the news

"We are giving you full discount but this is last time, Please be careful !” — CSR

I jumped with joy and deleted the AWS account immediately. But the incident had a great impact on me. Whenever I do a wrong thing, it is my nature to do the thing again right. So I looked over the Cloud Computing and loved it.

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Now I hold Cloud Practitioner level knowledge and waiting for the right opportunity to pursue the Exam. I have decided to become an Cloud Solutions Architect. Its been a year but till now I didn’t start an another account in AWS. I took AWS Fundamentals Specialization Course in Coursera, I watched the entire course and took notes but still it is too scary for me to start another AWS account. I am going to start an account after this post and I decided to write all my pursuing in Cloud Here...

 
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