Chapter 1. What is Amazon Web Services?

This chapter covers

  • Overview of Amazon Web Services
  • Benefits of using Amazon Web Services
  • Examples of what you can do with Amazon Web Services
  • Creating and setting up an Amazon Web Services account

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a platform of web services offering solutions for computing, storing, and networking, at different layers of abstraction. You can use these services to host web sites, run enterprise applications, and mine tremendous amounts of data. The term web service means services can be controlled via a web interface. The web interface can be used by machines or by humans via a graphical user interface. The most prominent services are EC2, which offers virtual servers, and S3, which ...

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