Before shedding light upon the diverse web services offered by Amazon and the list of technological, social, economic and cultural infrastructure that is powered by Amazon, let’s first comprehend what AWS abbreviated as Amazon Web Services is all about?
Amazon Web Services are a set of cloud services that are mostly used by startups, big companies, and other government agencies. They are mostly known as the servers that run Netflix and Instagram. For various online services for the websites and for the client side applications AWS was launched in 2006.
In order to ensure the robustness of the system, Amazon’s web services are divided geographically into regions. These regions have their central hubs in the Eastern USA, Western USA, Brazil, Ireland, Singapore, Japan and Australia. Each of these regions has further smaller geographic areas known as availability zones.
There are over three dozen diverse services offered by AWS. Here is a brief elaboration on some of them:
Some Diverse Services:
CloudDrive – Utilizing this service the users are able to upload and access music, videos, documents and photos from web-connected services. The users are also able to stream music to their devices.
CloudSearch – This service is used when there is a requirement of integrating customized search capabilities in other applications.
Dynamo Database – Known for low latencies and scalability, this is a fully managed NoSQL database service.
Elastic Compute Cloud – Through this service, all the business subscribers are able to run application programs and serves as a set of virtual machines.
ElastiCache – alleviating the database load, it is a service that is used for speeding up the dynamic web applications. Behind this ability it has the quality of being open source, high performance and distributed memory object.
Mechanical Turk – It is said to be an application programming Interface, through which the developers are able to integrate human intelligence into Remote Procedure Calls.
Simple Storage Services (S3) – for the purpose of online backup and archiving of data and application programs, a scalable, high speed and low cost service is designed.
There is cheap provision of computers by AWS whenever the companies are in need of handling traffic, storing a video, or powering a database. All in all, Amazon’s web services are said to be an infrastructure that has further enhanced the current tech boom.
Now let’s discuss about the benefits that Amazon web services have provided:
- Through Amazon’s web services, users are able to stream billions of hours of movies and TV shows
- As it is said, when Kim Kardashian broke the internet, it was AWS that prevented the Paper Mag’s servers from being crashed.
- Parts of the Healthcare.gov website were moved to AWS at the time when the website was being revamped.
- Just like Netflix, Amazon’s web services lets the music on Spotify to be hosted and thus it becomes easy for everyone present at their workplace or at home to listen to any album anytime.
- Lastly, it was in 2014, when on the custom AWS setup, CIA moved much of its computing power.