IN THIS CHAPTER
Exploring the AWS cloud
Considering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Defining when, why, and how to use AWS
Ensuring you have a supported platform
There was a time when business development meant creating software for a single machine or for a workgroup. The client-server architecture, with its emphasis on both local and centralized servers, came next. Developers eventually started creating applications for the Internet as well, enabling people to do things like work from home without losing contact with the organization’s database. Browser-based applications actually appear on most desktops today, and you might spend much of your nondevelopment time using one.
As development has moved onward and outward, the tools, techniques, and processes for development have changed as well. Today you deal with the cloud, where the server that holds your application doesn’t even reside on the premises. In many respects, everyone is a remote user today. Of course, organizations have a huge investment in existing hardware and software, so ...