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Before knowing about AWS or Amazon Web Services, it is important that we know about the cloud. In extremely simplified terms to understand what a cloud is, it is basically just a computer that is somewhere else and that you, in some way utilize to carry out various operations. This computer has to store and processing powers and uses an internet connection. Keeping this in mind, to extrapolate it, the cloud can be thought of more as a data center and not just a single machine, with all the information being stored in a server computer. This is the very basic definition of a cloud which gives you a general idea regarding what it essentially is.

Amazon Web Services is a cloud service provider. It is classified as an IaaS or an Infrastructure as a service, which is one of the three main categories of cloud computing services along with software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). According to Wikipedia, Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) refers to online services that provide high-level APIs used to dereference various low-level details of underlying network infrastructure like physical computing resources, location, data partitioning, scaling, security, backup etc. AWS as an IaaS offers storage, networking, computing power, databases, analytics, development tools, virtualization, security, etc. It provides building blocks that you can assemble quickly to support virtually any workload. It basically allows you to build your own cloud infrastructure. These blocks can be assembled and re-assembled as and when change is required and hence makes AWS scalable. And the best part? You only pay for what you actually use.

AWS provides a ton of services. They include-

  1. Amazon EC2: EC2 stands for Elastic Cloud Compute. It is basically a virtual server computer. The servers are also called “instances” which act as web hosting servers. These contain the files and codes required to display a particular webpage.
  2. Amazon RDS: RDS stands for Relational Database Service. Your organization’s database is maintained here. It can be used to store your customers’ account information and for cataloging inventory.
  3. Amazon S3: S3 stands for Simple Storage Service. It can be used for mass storage as well as long term storage of petabytes of data. Storage is unlimited, in the sense that no one ever has been able to exploit it to its full potential meaning it provides storage capacity that is more than enough to fulfill all your storage needs.
  4. Amazon VPC: VPC stands for Virtual Private Cloud. It is a carved out or logically isolated private section in AWS for just your private use along with a certain level of security.

These services cater to most needs of a client, if not all. It is excellent for use if your company is growing at an exponential pace. Services can easily be scaled against appropriate remunerations and Amazon takes care of the rest. In addition, instances can be added as per need to prevent crashing. In case you are expecting heavy traffic on let’s say your website, you can easily add more instances to the existing ones to make sure that the load is distributed.

The benefits of AWS are many and varied. Some are listed below-

  • The cloud allows backups and sharing on a personal level to overcome the potential failure of the hard disk.
  • High availability ensures that the services are available at all times.
  • Provides platform compatibility.
  • It is fault tolerant and hence it robust.
  • Excellent for enterprise use due to its scalability and elasticity.

Because of these benefits, AWS is being put to use for diverse applications. Even compliance software like VComply uses AWS to store and manage data.

It is easy to use, easy to scale and most importantly reliable. Which is why it is a much better option than actually setting up your own physical server and is also way lighter on your pockets. So if you’re still in two minds about whether to employ AWS for your organization or not, act fast, because very soon you might be the only one left behind.

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