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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS is the leading cloud-computing platform for servers, storage, networking, remote computing, email, mobile development and security.

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What is AWS?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the largest public cloud computing platform in the world and one of the pioneers of on-demand computing. AWS started in 2006 with a simple service for application developers and soon expanded its offerings to include compute and storage services. In recent years, AWS has grown into a multi-billion dollar company offering more than 100 services ranging from database management, serverless computing, and data warehousing to virtual ground stations for satellite communications.

AWS can be divided into three main products: EC2, Amazon’s virtual machine service; Glacier, a low-cost cloud storage service; and S3, Amazon’s storage system. AWS has 81 availability zones where its servers are located. These service regions are subdivided to allow users to limit their services geographically (if they so choose), but also to ensure security by diversifying the physical locations where data is stored. In total, AWS is present in 245 countries.

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