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What is AWS: Introduction to Amazon Cloud Services

Amazon Web Services, short for AWS, is a comprehensive cloud-based platform offered by Amazon. It provides various offerings in the form of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

AWS was launched in 2006 in an attempt to help businesses across the globe get access to all the technologies and infrastructure they need to empower their operations. AWS was one of the earliest pay-as-you-go models that could help businesses scale storage, throughput, and computation powers based on their needs.

Amazon Web Services offers cloud-based services from different data centres and availability zones spread across the globe. Each availability zone contains various data centres in itself. Customers are given the ability to set their virtual machines and replicate their data in different data centres – to have a system that is resistant to a server or data centre failure.

A Brief Introduction to Amazon Web Services

In the olden days, for businesses to work with technologies, they needed to have a personal data centre to store and host the different computers and an IT team to take care of this entire setup and infrastructure. Businesses had to take care of power, backups, temperature controls, and other essential things required to keep such a technical ecosystem in motion. As a result of this, a lot of resources, effort, time, and money went into the software and the equipment required by businesses to enter the technology space. This presented an obvious barrier for young companies, innovators, and entrepreneurs, who do not have access to such resources.

What all is included in the Amazon Web Services Spectrum?

The offerings of Amazon Web Services are divided into separate services – and each can be customized based on the user’s needs. The AWS portfolio consists of more than 100 services for different domains like database management, infrastructure management, security, computation, application development, and more. Some of these service categories include:

  • Database management
  • Computation powers
  • Migration
  • Networking
  • Development tools
  • Security
  • Big data management
  • Governance
  • Mobile development
  • Messages and notifications

Using Amazon Web Services

While there’s an initial learning curve in terms of setting up and using Amazon Web Services, it gets easier with time. Talking in terms of web development, companies tend to employ continuous deployment and integration using third-party vendors like Travis CI or Jenkins. Once the configuration is completed, the web developers start working on top of AWS by pushing and merging their codes to AWS data centres.

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What is AWS: Introduction to Amazon Cloud Services