Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the collective name for the suite of hosted cloud services that Amazon provides. It offers a broad set of cloud based compute, storage, database, analytics, and application building blocks that can be quickly assembled in adjustable configurations. Amazon Web Services uses a pay as you go model that includes many options. Some of the main services are:

  • Compute - EC2: Resizable compute resource offering virtual machines on demand.
  • Storage - S3:  Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the Web.
  • Content Delivery - CloudFront: A content delivery web service. Using a network of edge locations around the world, CloudFront caches copies of static content close to viewers thus lowering latency.
  • Databases - RDS (Relational Database Service): Makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, or PostgreSQL database in the cloud.