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What is AWS? Amazon Web Services Guide

Posted on October 27, 2022 by

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Describe AWS. AWS, or Amazon Web Services, is a company that offers a range of cloud computing services that may be accessed over the open internet.

The management and upkeep of hardware and infrastructure are handled by AWS and other public cloud suppliers, such as Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure, saving businesses and individuals the expense and difficulty of buying and managing resources locally.

You can use these resources for nothing or on a pay-per-use basis.

It might be helpful to see how big AWS is to comprehend it better. There is no disputing that AWS is somewhat significant. How large?

  • AWS services are used by one in every three websites you visit online.
  • Amazon Web Services generated more than $35 billion in sales in 2019. That would be sufficient for AWS to place 359th on Fortune magazine’s Global 500 list if it were a standalone business.

Here is a 10,000-foot perspective of AWS after that. Let’s start now!

The background of AWS

AWS’s beginnings were somewhat accidental. Around 2000, Amazon was still just a small, struggling e-commerce business that was finding it difficult to expand due to the technical debt it had racked up since its inception.

Amazon made the strategic technological choice to create reusable modules for its internal development teams primarily out of necessity. Because they were no longer constantly creating the same features from scratch, those organizations could quickly produce new features.

People inside the organization began to recognize that perhaps there was a commercial possibility there as the collection of internal services increased over time.

Amazon Web Services sailed into the unknown seas of what is now known as cloud computing with its first debut in 2004 and subsequent relaunch in 2006 with three public pay-as-you-go services.

After its 2006 introduction, AWS experienced a relatively calm competitive environment for a few years, which allowed it to gain a significant competitive advantage over more recent rivals like Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

For a time now, AWS has dominated the cloud industry, and it now has the largest market share.

However, during the last few years, Microsoft Azure has gained a significant portion of that market share, which has been slowly declining. However, the competition is healthy, and AWS has momentum, profitability from market share, and some really clever individuals on its side. More than ever, innovation and consumer attention are top priorities.

What does AWS’s future hold? They claim that no one can foresee the future, yet we asked a group of specialists to try. See our seven AWS forecasts.

Technology and infrastructure from AWS

There are 25 regions in all, which are dispersed over six continents, where AWS does business globally. There are several availability zones for each region. And these are the actual data centers where computers are physically located to lessen the possibility of a local tragedy wiping out a whole region.

AWS’s content delivery network also includes over 200 edge sites spread out throughout the globe (CDN).

There are a few unique regions in addition to the publicly accessible locations. The so-called AWS GovCloud is available in two areas for usage by US government employees. Additionally, two regions in China follow Chinese law and are run by local, certified businesses. AWS’s proprietary high-speed fiber-optic network connects the availability zones and edge locations of all of these regions.

AWS created its own proprietary hardware to make its network quicker and more reliable. You probably already utilize the AWS network. All Netflix, Twitch, Hulu, Reddit, and Slack users are AWS clients.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of adopting AWS, then? And how does AWS compare to Google Cloud (GCP) and Microsoft Azure? Let’s get going.

pros and advantages of AWS

In terms of advantages, AWS offers the most substantial and all-encompassing offering because of its significant head start on its rivals at the time.

As of right now, 175 services are available. Every week, new features, improvements, and services are released. We have a video series called AWS This Week for this reason. What the?” Customers’ suggestions directly inspired many of these new features.

Services and technology in abundance

With AWS’s range of services, practically every use case may be accommodated. Services span from fundamental computing and storage to specialized specialty offerings like robots, streaming video, and quantum computing. If you need it, they even provide a service that allows you to manage your fleet of space satellites.

Organizations are increasingly using AWS as an investment in machine learning and data analytics to help them make sense of all their data, in addition to the typical disaster recovery and remote data center use cases.

AWS has seen significant advantages in agility, efficiency, and dependability due to many firms going all-in and transferring their entire IT operations there. We’ve only scratched the surface here, but we have some excellent resources if you want to delve further into the next layer.

Cons and faults of AWS

Negative aspects include the inevitable stepping on some toes when one is as large as Amazon. Many retailers see Amazon as a direct opponent and find it impossible to provide their rivals any financial support.

(Assume you are transacting business with Walmart. If giving you money also implies giving it to Amazon, they probably won’t be happy to do so. This is one of the reasons many businesses use a multi-cloud strategy when they have clients who could consider Amazon a rival.)

As Amazon grows its influence into new sectors of the economy, things will presumably become even more problematic.

AWS does not charge you to upload your data to their cloud, but you have to pay a small fee to download it again. Egress charges are what they are known as. Given the possible value, it’s not much, but it is worth noting.