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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Thu, 26 Oct 2017
By Agile Academy

About AWS

In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now commonly known as cloud computing. One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with your business. With the Cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster.

Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, customers across all industries are taking advantage of the following benefits:

Low Cost

AWS offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments. We are able to build and manage a global infrastructure at scale, and pass the cost saving benefits onto you in the form of lower prices. With the efficiencies of our scale and expertise, we have been able to lower our prices on 15 different occasions over the past four years.

Agility and Instant Elasticity

AWS provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that allows you to quickly innovate, experiment and iterate. Instead of waiting weeks or months for hardware, you can instantly deploy new applications, instantly scale up as your workload grows, and instantly scale down based on demand. Whether you need one virtual server or thousands, whether you need them for a few hours or 24/7, you still only pay for what you use.

Open and Flexible

AWS is a language and operating system agnostic platform. You choose the development platform or programming model that makes the most sense for your business. You can choose which services you use, one or several, and choose how you use them. This flexibility allows you to focus on innovation, not infrastructure.


AWS is a secure, durable technology platform with industry-recognized certifications and audits: PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, FISMA Moderate, FedRAMP, HIPAA, and SOC 1 (formerly referred to as SAS 70 and/or SSAE 16) and SOC 2 audit reports. Our services and data centers have multiple layers of operational and physical security to ensure the integrity and safety of your data.


The AWS cloud computing platform provides the flexibility to launch your application regardless of your use case or industry. Learn more about popular solutions customers are running on AWS:

Application Hosting

Use reliable, on-demand infrastructure to power your applications, from hosted internal applications to SaaS offerings.

Backup and Storage

Store data and build dependable backup solutions using AWS’s inexpensive data storage services.

Content Delivery

Quickly and easily distribute content to end users worldwide, with low costs and high data transfer speeds.


Satisfy your dynamic web hosting needs with AWS’s scalable infrastructure platform.

Enterprise IT

Host internal- or external-facing IT applications in AWS's secure environment.


Take advantage of a variety of scalable database solutions, from hosted enterprise database software or non-relational database solutions.

AWS Global Infrastructure

The AWS Cloud operates 44 Availability Zones within 16 geographic Regions around the world, with announced plans for 17 more Availability Zones and six more Regions in Bahrain, China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the US.

AWS Regions and Availability Zones

The AWS Cloud infrastructure is built around Regions and Availability Zones (“AZs”). A Region is a physical location in the world where we have multiple Availability Zones. Availability Zones consist of one or more discrete data centers, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity, housed in separate facilities. These Availability Zones offer you the ability to operate production applications and databases which are more highly available, fault tolerant and scalable than would be possible from a single data center. The AWS Cloud operates 44 Availability Zones within 16 geographic Regions around the world.

AWS Global Infrastructure

AWS Global Infrastructure Region Availability Zones AWS Global Infrastructure Coming Soon
  N. Virginia 6   Bahrain
  Ohio  3   China
  N. California 3   France
  Oregon 3   Hong Kong
  Mumbai 2   Sweden
  Seoul 2   AWS GovCloud (US-East
  Singapore 2    
  Sydney 3    
  Tokyo 3    
  Canada Central 2    
  Beijing 2    
  Frankfurt 3    
  Ireland 3    
  London 2    
  São Paulo 3    
  AWS GovCloud (US-West) 2    


High Availability Through Multiple Availability Zones


Unlike virtually every other technology infrastructure provider, each AWS Region has multiple Availability Zones and data centers. As we’ve learned from running the leading cloud infrastructure technology platform since 2006, customers who care about the availability and performance of their applications want to deploy these applications across multiple Availability Zones in the same region for fault tolerance and low latency. Availability Zones are connected to each other with fast, private fiber-optic networking, enabling you to easily architect applications that automatically fail-over between Availability Zones without interruption.


Comparison AWS vs Azure vs Google vs OTHERS by infrastructures value


AWS Global Infrastructure