Chapter 2Amazon Web Services Overview

In the previous chapter we discussed the concept of cloud computing in general terms. We listed and discussed the most interesting and relevant characteristics of the cloud. With that information as background, it’s now time to move from concept to reality.

In this chapter I’ll introduce Amazon Web Services, or AWS for short. After a review of some key concepts I’ll talk about each AWS service.

Amazon and AWS Overview

You’ve probably made a purchase at the Amazon.com site. Perhaps you even bought this book from Amazon.com. One of my first purchases, way back in November 1996, was a book on Perl programming.

Amazon.com Inc. was founded in 1994 and launched in 1995. In order to attain the scale needed to ...

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