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Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches by David Clinton

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Chapter 1. Before you begin

Welcome to the cloud: the brave new world where “here” doesn’t matter, and where anything is possible. Right now.

Let me explain. Cloud computing is the provision of on-demand (that is, self-service) compute, memory, and storage resources remotely over a network. In addition to its many built-in service efficiencies, the model is most cost effective for the widest range of projects when usage charges are calculated and billed in very small increments (often in fractions of a penny).

I’ll try that again. Suppose you didn’t want to purchase, build, and house all the expensive hardware you’d need to properly support your new e-commerce website. Perhaps you’re not sure how successful the project will be, so investing ...

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