Maybe you are a budding software developer and you’ve been hearing about AWS and you are wondering it is exactly. You’ve heard a bunch of acronyms like S3 and EC2 and are afraid of how complicated it seems.

Well this article is to clear up some basics about AWS and the services that it includes.

AWS stands for Amazon Web Services. They key phrase being “Web Services”. AWS is not one thing, it is a suite of services that help companies and web developers do anything ranging from storing files on the cloud with S3, to running a computer instance on the cloud with EC2, easily deploying apps with Elastic Beanstalk, and even purchasing domains Route 53.

These are only a few of the many AWS services. I will detail some of the most basic services you should know in AWS.


Imagine a genetics company that needs to crunch a ton of data. Instead of having to provision their own servers, they can with a few clicks of a button reserve computing power over the internet.

The Elastic part comes when you think about how that same genetics company might only want a few hours of server time a week to crunch their computations. It allows them to pay for only what they use. Which is why EC2 changed the economics of computing.



RDS allows you to create a database using MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Aurora, MariaDB or Amazon’s own DynamoDB.



Route 53

These are a few of the most common technologies you will see in AWS. Hopefully this clears up some confusion you may have had about what AWS is and what it’s services are. But this is by no means a comprehensive list. AWS has many services that would take an entire course to go over.

I suggest this Udemy course if you are hoping to take an AWS certification test in the future:

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