Amazon may have popularized the term cloud computing, but they weren’t the first to use it. In fact, they didn’t even coin the term! However, today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become the largest provider of cloud computing in the world. Learn how Amazon uses cloud computing and what you can learn from their example in this brief guide on how Amazon uses cloud computing.
The technology industry is about to enter into a new era of computing that is focused on cloud technologies. These cloud technologies are providing new and exciting opportunities for companies, from startups to multinationals, across a wide range of industries. Let’s take a look at how one of these organizations Amazon is using cloud computing.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing services is essentially a system where multiple servers are used to store and process data. Rather than having one large computer that does everything, multiple computers can be networked together and tasked with performing certain functions. This way, if one server goes down or slows down, another can pick up its work load easily without affecting users. It’s basically an organizational tool that ensures your data is protected in case of hardware failure and provides you with more processing power (i.e., more servers) when your business needs it.
What is AWS?
In 2006, when Amazon Web Services first launched, it looked like just another cloud service provider: a new player in an already crowded market. But then something happened that changed AWS’s trajectory: Developers took to it in droves. Today AWS is still one of cloud computing’s top players (with over 90 billion dollars in sales), but now it has more than 40 percent of the global market. It seems that developers can’t get enough of AWS; according to recent surveys, 30-40 percent of all software developers run their applications on AWS and 70-80 percent are considering migrating their workloads within the next year.
What Is AWS Marketplace?
AWS Marketplace is a collection of third-party applications that are certified for use on AWS. AWS Marketplace enables users to seamlessly search, try, buy, deploy and manage applications across categories including compute; database; networking; mobile; storage; and enterprise applications. AWS Marketplace also simplifies ongoing management of those services by applying software updates on behalf of customers. In addition to these services, AWS provides access to preconfigured environments for customers who do not want to build an infrastructure from scratch or incur ongoing management costs. These ready-to-use environments offer multiple operating systems, databases and web servers in one package.
Why might you choose AWS over other providers?
There are many reasons why you might choose AWS over other cloud providers. The most obvious being that they simply have more experience than their competitors and a bigger portfolio of offerings. On top of that, their S3 and Amazon EC2 services are incredibly popular among developers. Their tools are also mature, versatile, and well-documented. For example, if you’re using Python to develop a prototype in AWS (as I do), you’ll find all kinds of useful frameworks like Boto that make your life easier.
Many people would argue that you get what you pay for with AWS and while it is true that they aren’t always cheaper than smaller players, there is an almost unarguable convenience factor as long as your usage remains within reason. Lastly, and possibly one of AWS’s biggest draws: it is much easier to host multiple websites on a single account with them rather than having multiple accounts across different providers.