The giant e-commerce platform of the world attributes a lot to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) functioning. The front face of ‘Amazon’ portrays a popular online shopping platform that’s spread far and wide around the globe. While the back-end of the trillion$ firm proffers variety of applications to its customers through its cloud-computing infrastructure, called by the name “Amazon Web Services (AWS)”.
Well, frankly when I was diving into AWS, I realized that Amazon is far bigger than we think & it almost has all applications & user-interferences for every emerging technology in the world, likely as Google. This page details it so!
What is Amazon Web Services?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collective cloud computing platform, rendering storage, database, APIs, networking, management & lot more to individuals, organizations and governments, in the world. It includes a variety of computing technology as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (Paas) and software as a service (SaaS).
It caters a handful of tech infrastructures in cloud computing and in distributed computing called ‘virtual network of systems’, pricing in a metered ‘pay-as-you-go’ model mostly. You can reserve the required computing storage in a pre-paid basis too on a discounted balance.
Operating in 190 countries around the globe, and though competing with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and IBM in the cloud market, adds up $35 Billion in 2020 and $62 billion in 2021. The growth of AWS is profound in 5 years between 2015 and 2020, in which it turned $1 B to $35 B.
Amazon Web Services’ Platforms
Today in 2022, AWS includes over 200 services in over a dozen of technology, which are primely responsible for the wealth creation of the company. AWS contributes 16% of Amazon’s total revenue summing to $20.5 billion in 2022
More than 80% of Businesses in Germany governs, deploying AWS as its cloud computing.
The services provided by AWS can be grouped into:
- Storage Databases
- Data Management
- Development Tools
- Artificial Intelligence
- Migration & Hybrid Cloud
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud – For Availability & Storage
AWS reaches customers through its several availability zones that functions in 30 geographical regions with 96 availability zones, as of 2022. Availability zones are the locations in which Amazon sets up its multiple physical cloud servers. Business will have its cloud in its functioning country itself. For example, a business choosing AWS as its cloud resource, would have its storage & database in that operating country of the business, probably to the nearest.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) has credits to the cloud computing service of the tech by providing network of virtual systems, that are distributed but work all-in-one basis. The zones accompany servers and are interconnected to ensure compliance, proximity and low-latency.
Did you know? NASA, Netflix and US Navy use Amazon’s AWS Cloud Service
Storage plays a vital role in the platform, that attracts businesses lining up for AWS. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) renders scalable object storage for data backup, collection and analytics. A big operating company would rather opt for cloud sources for its cold storage of documents to physical hard-drives.
Amazon Aurora – For Databases & Networking
The Amazon Relational Database Service — which includes options for Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB and a proprietary high-performance database called Amazon Aurora – provides a relational database management system for AWS users. AWS serves a great purpose of this in ‘business-to-business’ (B2B) category.
An Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) gives an administrator control over a virtual network to use an isolated section of the AWS cloud. AWS automatically provisions new resources within a VPC for extra protection.
Developers tool & Mobile App Development
Amazon stretched its legs in developer tools also, attracting developers to use AWS command line tools and Software development kits (SDKs) for application and service developments. AWS SDKs supports Java, Python, Node.js, C++, PHP, Android and iOS. Well, it also has Amazon API Gateways for making possible application program interfaces (APIs), which is a multiple inter-software interaction.
AWS also lets app developers to access its tools & services for app making with its Amazon Mobile Hub that includes AWS Mobile SDK for code libraries and samples.
The services include AI working, development and delivery platforms through its three enclosing technology tools viz., Amazon Lex (chatbot), Amazon Polly (text-to-speech), Amazon Rekognition (image & Facial Analysis).
Developers can now even create AI models with deep learning frameworks (part of machine learning) by its Amazon Machine Images (AMI).
Internet of Things (IoT)
AWS is the base of cloud formation of IoT devices and Alexa. AWS serves as the back-end platform to collect, store and retrieve data for IoT devices. Amazon IoT button and AWS Greengrass offers the hardware and cloud-connection of an IoT device.
Check IoT and how it works, here!
AR, VR & 3D Graphics
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, the thriving techs in the world also sees its developing software by AWS, called ‘Amazon Sumerian’. Sumerian favors development of AR & VR and 3D graphics, without exceptional coding and programming skills.
Amazon Chime – For Online Meeting
Amazon Chime, is a video-calling or meeting platform by Amazon (like Zoom, Google Meet). It is free for one-to-one video calling and charges $2.5 per person per month for group video calls.
Amazon SQS – Messaging service
Simple Queue Service (SQS) of AWS is a managed message queue that sends, stores and receives messages between components of distributed applications to ensure that the parts of an application work as intended. Simple Notification Service (SNS) and Simple Email Service (SES) also pays their work in credits to their name.
Amazon Web Services advantages the business firms and activities in the world to the best with its data centers and cloud computing function. The company says achieving 100% renewable energy will be its aim and it is operating so, on the track through its partnerships with renewable energy providers in US.
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