AWS is short for Amazon Web Services, a powerful (and constantly expanding) suite of cloud services that internet giant Amazon has been offering since 2006.
Knowledge of AWS has become a must-have part of the cloud developer toolset. AWS provides on-demand infrastructure, platforms, and software packages in a pay-as-you-go model – there are over 100 services available.
Developers who know AWS can use it to almost instantly create a reliable, failure-proof infrastructure, or even a complete data center. Using Amazon’s infrastructure allows huge cost reduction compared to buying hardware, and building a new infrastructure for every project.
AWS is cost-effective, and doesn’t require any long-term commitments. The initial investment is minimal, and costs only grow if you use more resources, which is really healthy for ROI.
It is scalable, and flexible, allowing developers to build and change an infrastructure in any way they like. And, most importantly, it is secure, and it encapsulates Amazon’s extensive experience in building global web infrastructures.
The most popular service is the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, which gives access to almost unlimited virtual servers for computing capacity (as long as you have the budget). This allows AWS developers to set up the server side of the project in no-time.
There are also storage services, database and database management services, migration and hybrid cloud services, networking services, development tools and application services, management and monitoring services, security and governance services, big data management and analytics services, artificial intelligence services, mobile development services, message and notification services, and more.