Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon that includes a mixture of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings. AWS services can offer an organization tools such as compute power, database storage and content delivery services.

Amazon Web Services also provides technology for developers to build smart apps. That rely on machine learning technology and complex algorithms. A great resource for tech entrepreneurs. It offers a pay-as-you-go model for its cloud services, either on a per-hour or per-second basis. AWS competes primarily with Microsoft Azure, Google and IBM in the public IaaS market.

Over time, AWS has added plenty of services that helped make it a low-cost infrastructure platform. That is highly available and scalable. AWS now has a focus on the cloud, with data centers placed around the world. In places such as the United States, Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.

Amazon Web Services provides services from dozens of data centers spread across availability zones (AZs) in regions across the world. An AZ is a location that contains multiple physical data centers. A region is a collection of AZs in geographic proximity connected by low-latency network links.

A business will choose one or multiple availability zones for a variety of reasons, such as compliance and proximity to end customers. For example, an AWS customer can spin up virtual machines (VMs) and replicate data in different AZs to achieve a highly reliable infrastructure that is resistant to failures of individual servers or an entire data center.

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