What is AWS

What is AWS?

by GangBoard Admin, November 3, 2018

AWS stands for Amazon Web Services. AWS is a cloud-computing platform developed by the e-commerce giant Amazon.com. With the use of Amazon’s cloud computing services governments, companies, and individuals have access to a powerful cluster of computers over the internet.

The virtual computers provided by Amazon are similar to the physical computer in the sense that they display all the attributes such as CPUs & GPUs, RAM, Storage drives (HDDs or SDDs). The user can also choose the preferred operating system, software, and more. Users access the computing power of these virtual computers through any of the modern web browsers. The web browser acts similarly to a Window on a real computer allowing the user to log in and customize the virtual computer.

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Using the AWS technology, users can implement web-based technology for their customers as well as for themselves. The charges for using the AWS depends on the features you choose such as the operating system, hardware, networking, software applications, security and much more.

Top 5 Most Famous Services of AWS

Amazon Web Services offers more than 90 services in a wide range of fields. However, not all of them are as useful as the rest. To prevent you from getting lost among the services, we have listed the top 10 services that are most sought and trending. With the help of these services you can develop a flawless infrastructure, the services are:

1. Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Cloud 2 abbreviated EC2 is a virtual machine provided by Amazon Web services; it provides the users with virtual computers on which they can run software applications. The platform eliminates the hassle and expense of maintaining a local server at the same time provides the user with the processing power of a server for a determined fee. The features included in EC2 are operating systems, persistent storage, automated scaling, elastic IP addresses, and Amazon CloudWatch.

 2. Amazon RDS

RDS short for Relational Database System helps simplify the architecture. The web service eases the setup, operation, and scalability of a relational database. It provides several benefits to a business such as cost-effectiveness, and more. The platform supports MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server DB Engines, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, and Oracle.

3. Amazon S3

Simple Storage Service (S3) is a cloud-based storage service that allows companies to store, access, and analyze data from any geographical location. The platform is highly secure and comes with 99.99 percent of uptime, meaning that you will only experience a downtime of less than 43 minutes per month. The S3 can be used for web hosting, storage of backups, and image hosting.

4. Amazon CloudFront

This is a content delivery network provided by Amazon. The platform helps deliver applications, videos, and APIs to users worldwide with minimal latency, high transfer speed, and in a friendly environment. It uses it several proxy servers all around the world to cache content, which reduces the load time of a webpage for the end user. CloudFront has servers in UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, South America, and the United States.

5. Amazon SNS

SNS stands for Simple Notification Service; this is a notification service, which comes as a part of the Amazon Web Services. It is a low-cost infrastructure can be integrated with any application such as PHP, Node, Python, etc. The service allows you to send a message to all the users at once be it any platform mobile, Android, web, or iOS.

Benefits of Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is one of the most used cloud-computing services around the world. Some of the top companies in the world use AWS such as Dow Jones, Netflix, Expedia & LinkedIn, SAP,  Coursera, Vodafone, 99Designs, NASA/JPL, Reddit, Thomson Reuters, Flipboard, Pinterest, and more. Here are the top 5 reasons people prefer to use the service.


The common thought that goes with such a high-end technology is that it must be very expensive. However, to the contrary, AWS makes it a level playing field for startups and large multinational with an economical pricing.

Pay as you Go:

Any of the services offered by Amazon be it the content delivery network, Hadoop clusters, hosting a website, scalable email service, etc. come at an hourly charge. You can cancel it anytime allowing you to save money.

Pay as you Use:

Amazon Web Services allows you to pay for only what you use. It provides you an infinite backup space, allowing you to launch servers, downscale the server as per need or upscale if the traffic grows, and several other scalable services.


AWS offers one of the world’s most secure cloud computing and data storage services. Some of the security undertakings adopted by the company are only unique to the company.

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