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Amazon Web Services – Cloud Service

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Mighty Amazon - Cloud Service 

Amazon are literally a cloud before the cloud. The story begins way back in 2002. year, when Amazon offered at that time rarely seen services to its partners in the core business (B2B web services for publishers and authors), but it has today cloud like forms only 2006th year. A great leader Jef Bezos realized is that the company has developed a vast infrastructure that would be, especially in times of crisis, you could hire a third party and thus complement its main activity. Of course, the official story is that he was always such a thing in mind and that is the supreme goal of all liberate businesses from taking care of the infrastructure and the technical details, which brings us to know exactly what the cloud is still used today.

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Amazon has its cloud services definitely surpassed its initial business model and today is an important name in the field of IT services, but at the end of the day revenues from these services accounted for barely 4% of the total Amazon revenue (according to estimates). Promising is that revenue from just these services has the largest growth from year to year and it is expected that this year will reach one billion dollars.

On all Fronts Clouds

Amazon’s services range from basic cloud hosting services to business and the number and specialization of services, in many cases complement or even to some extent overlap. Readers are probably the best known are those infrastructure services, among which the most important hosting service called Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It proved to be ideal for the rapid establishment of “Web 2.0″ social sites (and their equally rapid fire, as appropriate).

By popularity following services Simple Storage Services (S3), dedicated to storing “data objects”, ie files with basic management options and changes. It complements the Elastic Block Storage (EBS), which still offers storage in the form of disk volumes which may filesystems (like SAN). Separated from them hosting the database, again in two forms: SimpleDB, like NoSQL database, and Relational Database Service (RDS), which is a direct hosting MySQL and Oracle database to end users. Finally, there are services that connect these components by providing opportunities DNS server (Route 53), private networks (Virtual Private Cloud and Direct Connect), a monitoring and scaling (CloudWatch, Elastic Beanstalk, CloudFormation) and several smaller and specialized services solve specific problems (ElastiCache, Simple Notification Service, Mechanical Turk, and others).

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Completely separate set of services of these are “business” services that will be useful to those who sell something over the Internet (and that usually fall under the group name “web shop”). From that perspective, in Europe offering services using their e-commerce platforms (Amazon Webstore), processing payments (Checkout by Amazon), shipping (Fulfilment by Amazon), advertising, and finally sold directly to the Amazon’s web site.

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What is the Cloud Service?

Common to all services is to aggressively use the model in which only pays for what has been spent and that offer great opportunities for automation. In the first case, this means that no artificial constraints on the quality and speed of service, and users can use any feature that provides services and pay only consumed resources (CPU time, network traffic, occupancy or use of the disc). In the second, it is not necessary to click through to your site for the (re) configuring the service, but everything is possible scripting using web service APIs.

Amazon as a company with extensive experience in the field of IT services on the Internet defines cloud automation and flexibility. Although offered infrastructure services can be used to more or less normal web hosting servers and similar tasks are actually custom situations where aggressive use scaling options offered by the cloud idea: if it is not enough to have one web server can automatically pick up another and with other services included as part of the load balancing system. This approach is somewhat forced by way of resource management – some permanent and some deliberately disappear when you stop using – thereby discouraging excessive ad hoc configuration of specific instances and encourages mode through templates for resources.

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All this makes the Amazon service is very interesting for agile infrastructure and establishing its own services at all levels, with a fantastically detailed control payments.

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