Application Design

What is Amazon Web Services?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive and widely used cloud computing platform and service provided by Amazon. AWS offers a vast array of cloud-based computing resources and services, which include computing power, storage, databases, machine learning, analytics, content delivery, and more.

It allows organizations to access and utilize computing resources on a pay-as-you-go basis, which means you only pay for the services you use without the need to invest in and maintain physical servers and infrastructure.

Key features and services provided by AWS include:

  • Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud): A web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud, allowing users to run virtual servers, known as instances.
  • Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service): Object storage for a wide variety of data types, accessible from the internet.
  • Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service): A managed relational database service that supports multiple database engines, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Amazon Lambda: A serverless computing service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the computing resources required.
  • Amazon DynamoDB: A managed NoSQL database service for fast and scalable performance.
  • Amazon Redshift: A fully managed data warehouse service for large-scale data analysis.
  • Amazon Machine Learning: A service that enables developers to build predictive applications by using machine learning models.
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR): A cloud-native big data platform to process vast amounts of data quickly and cost-effectively.
  • AWS Lambda: A serverless compute service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the computing resources required.
  • Amazon CloudFront: A content delivery network (CDN) service for secure, low-latency content distribution.
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk: A platform as a service (PaaS) that simplifies application deployment and management.
  • Amazon Polly: A text-to-speech service that converts text into lifelike speech.
  • AWS IoT: A set of services for the Internet of Things (IoT) that enables the secure and efficient communication between devices and the cloud.
  • Amazon SageMaker: A fully managed machine learning service that allows developers to quickly build, train, and deploy machine learning models.

AWS is used by a wide range of customers, from startups to enterprises and governments, for a variety of applications including web hosting, data storage and analysis, application development, machine learning, IoT, and more.

AWS is known for its global reach with data centers in multiple regions around the world, making it one of the most popular and widely adopted cloud computing platforms globally.