What is Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Amazon Web Services or AWS was launched in 2006. This was a full cloud service offering that included virtual machines, storage, databases, identity management, and so on being hosted in the cloud by Amazon.

AWS Management Console:

  • Web application for managing Amazon Web Services
  • Perform different tasks such as creating S3 buckets, launching EC2 instances and configuring CloudWatch alarms

AWS Command Line Interface:

  • Unified tool
  • Manages several AWS services from the command line
  • Automates all the services through scripts.

AWS Product:

Compute –

AWS provides number of compute products that allows to deploy, run, and scale applications as virtual servers, code or containers.

Different Computer Services are following

  • Amazon EC2 – Virtual Servers in the Cloud
  • Amazon EC2 Container Service – Run and Manage Docker Containers
  • AWS Lambda – Run Code in Response to Events
  • Amazon EC2 Container Registry – Store and Retrieve Docker Images
  • Amazon Lightsail – Launch and Manage Virtual Private Servers
  • Amazon VPC – Isolated Cloud Resources
  • AWS Batch – Run Batch Jobs at Any Scale
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk – Run and Manage Web Apps
  • Auto Scaling – Automatic Elasticity

Storage –

Cloud storage is secure, scalable and reliable component that includes the information used by applications.

  • Amazon S3
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon EFS

Database –

AWS provides fully managed NoSQL and relational databases, and in-memory cache to suit application needs.

AWS database services include:

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) – supporting six widely used database engines
  • Amazon DynamoDB – a quick and flexible NoSQL database service,
  • Amazon Aurora – a MySQL-compatible relational database
  • Amazon Elasticache – an in-memory cache service with Memcached and Redis support.
  • Amazon Redshift – a petabyte-scale data warehouse service.
  • AWS provides AWS Database Migration Service – a service that allows easy and economical to migrate databases to AWS cloud.

Developer Tools –

AWS Developer tools is a set of services that are offered to allow developers securely version control and store the source code of applications. Also, it aids to build, test and deploy the application automatically.

  • AWS CodeBuild
  • AWS CodeDeploy
  • AWS CodePipeline
  • AWS CodeCommit

Management Tools –

Aids to manage the applications and resources.

Different management tools are

  • Amazon EC2 Systems Manager: Configure and Manage EC2 Instances and On-premises Servers
  • AWS CloudTrail: Track User Activity and API Usage
  • AWS Config: Track Resource Inventory and Changes
  • AWS Service Catalog: Create and Use Standardized Products
  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard: Personalized view of AWS service health
  • Amazon CloudWatch: Monitor Resources and Applications
  • AWS Cloud Formation: Create and Manage Resources with Templates
  • AWS OpsWorks: Automate Operations with Chef
  • AWS Trusted Advisor: Optimize Performance and Security

Security and Compliance –

Allows customers to know the proficient controls at AWS to maintain data protection and security in the cloud.

  • Amazon Inspector – automated security assessment service.
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) – controls users access to AWS services.
  • AWS Artifact – the portal offers on-demand access to AWS compliance and security documents (audit artifacts).
  • Amazon Cloud Directory – set up flexible cloud-native directories to organize hierarchies of data along numerous dimensions.
  • AWS Certificate Manager – seemlessly manage, provision, and deploy Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates.
  • AWS CloudHSM – fulfill regulatory, contractual and corporate compliance requirements for data security by utilizing dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM).
  • AWS Directory Service – allows AWS resources and directory-aware workloads to utilize managed Active Directory in AWS Cloud for Microsoft Active Directory.
  • AWS WAF – web application firewall that aids in protecting web applications from web threats that could eat up excessive resources, or compromise security, hinder application availability.

Messaging –

Provides several messaging services and tools with diverse abilities.

  • ·Simple Email Service (SES)- Email Sending and Receiving
  • ·Pinpoint- Push Notifications for Mobile Applications
  • ·Simple Notification Service (SNS)- Pub or Sub, Mobile Push and SMS
  • ·Simple Queue Service (SQS)- Managed Message Queues

Application Services –

Offers a large amount of managed services for use with applications such as converting digital media into different formats, including search website, and hosting streaming application.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder – Simple Scalable Media Transcoding
  • Amazon API Gateway – Build, Deploy, and Manage APIs
  • AWS Step Functions – Coordinate Distributed Applications


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