Cloud computing with Amazon Web Services

The other technology area we'll explore in this book is cloud computing, in the form of several offerings from Amazon Web Services. But first, we need to cut through some hype and buzzwords that surround this thing called cloud computing.

Too many clouds

Cloud computing has become an overused term, arguably to the point that its overuse risks it being rendered meaningless. In this book, therefore, let's be clear what we mean—and care about—when using the term. There are two main aspects to this: a new architecture option and a different approach to cost.

A third way

We've talked about scale-up and scale-out as the options for scaling data processing systems. But our discussion thus far has taken for granted ...

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