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AWS (Amazon Web Services) Summary

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Amazon Web Services (or AWS for short) is a subsidiary of Amazon: the massive global tech company that is mostly known for e-commerce and letting you buy some of your favorite things online. However, Amazon has recently got into the field of artificial intelligence and - with the help of AWS - cloud computing. AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms & APIs. This cloud computing platform is available to individuals for use, but AWS cloud computing is also for companies and even governments to utilize. AWS cloud services are available in over one hundred ninety countries around the world. Cloud web services and distributed computing tools are available with both paid subscription options and a free tier. If you want to start practicing with AWS cloud computing, you can go to and create a free tier account.

Amazon Web Services has made Amazon about $46 billion United States Dollars back in two thousand twenty, producing $13 billion US Dollars in that same year. Even as a subsidiary of Amazon, AWS has its own subsidiaries that it has to look over. One of the those subsidiaries is Twitch: an American video live streaming that is mostly focuses on gaming & esports, but it is used for other things by creators worldwide like music broadcasts and "in real life" blogs. Even though AWS was originally started on July of two thousand and two, the cloud computing part of the company was created later on March of two thousand and six. Today, AWS is a highly reliable, low-cost infrastructure computing platform that is able to let people around the world use the cloud.

AWS has server farms (a collection of computer servers that work together to performs functions far beyond what any single computer is capable of) throughout the globe. As of two thousand seventeen, AWS - and by extension, Amazon - owns one of the most extensive cloud computing services in the world with over thirty-three percent of all IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) cloud services under Amazon Web Services. Microsoft Azure, one of the major cloud computing competitors of AWS, only owns about 18% of IaaS and PaaS cloud computing services.

What is Cloud Computing?

So what is cloud computing and why is it so important that people are willing to give billions to Amazon for their cloud platform. Well, AWS gives a pretty good definition for what it is:

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and servers, you can access technology services, such as computing power, storage, and databases, on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider.

Plenty of organizations look at cloud computing as a way to expedite their own business practices and save money of maintaining physical computers or having to find space for servers. Some companies might use cloud computing to back up their data and information. Others might want a system to connect to over the internet that lets you develop and test software off-site. Financial services companies use the power of the cloud for real-time detection and prevention.

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AWS Pop-up Lofts

AWS also has some physical locations across the globe for entrepreneurs and programmers who want to use web services known as "pop-up lofts". Visitors to these lofts can work, relax, or learn more about everything they can do with Amazon Web Service tools. The first pop-up loft was made by AWS in June of two thousand fourteen in San Francisco, California. You can visit many of these lofts at your leisure but some of them are currently unavailable. The pop-up lofts in New York and San Francisco have been closed indefinitely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but others are still open with a limited capacity.

Charitable Work

In 2017, AWS was able to launch a program called AWS re/Start in the United Kingdom. The re/Start program was created that allows young adults and military veterans across the UK to learn techology-related career skills based around Amazon Web Services. This program works to target young people from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds. AWS has also worked towards protecting the environment as another act of charity. In January of this year, Amazon Web Services pledged to work to achieve carbon neutrality and climate neutrality for its data centers by two thousand thirty. If this goal is accomplished, people would be able to use Amazon cloud services while knowing that their efforts would have little to no impact on the environment.

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