Chapter 4

Amazon Web Services

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Looking at AWS cloud service offerings

check Signing up for an AWS account

check Creating a virtual machine in AWS

check Managing an AWS virtual machine instance

check Connecting to an AWS virtual machine instance

Like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud computing service that includes numerous ways to virtualize your IT infrastructure in the cloud. AWS is the grandfather of cloud-based infrastructure providers — it got its start way back in 2002. Since then, AWS has developed into the largest cloud provider in the world. Amazon’s online retail space itself is hosted on AWS, as are many other familiar services, including Netflix, Hulu, and Ancestry.com.

AWS provides services that span the full range of cloud-based services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). In this chapter, I give you a brief look at the range of cloud services that AWS provides. Then you’ll learn how ...

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