What is Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) are a set of web services available from Amazon which can be used to build various servers for use in website/file/data hosting, and data processing.

Think of AWS web services as a set of LEGO blocks with each block being charged for separately. Just like LEGO blocks you can build any server virtual machine you need to by putting together the necessary web services.

To use a web server you will have to build the virtual machine by putting together the right blocks (services) such as RAM & CPU (EC2) and disk storage (EBS).

If you want to use a non-traditional database you can use the RDS data storage & retrieval service.

You will then be charged for each of these services, plus data transfer on a pay-as-you-use model.

The true benefit of AWS is customisability, and based on the customised configuration, your costs might be lower than traditional web hosting.

Unfortunately, using AWS is not for everyone and requires technical knowledge and experience of server administration. This can be learned through a course if you are interested in doing so.

If you do not have such a background, you can use web hosting services provided by third-party service providers setup using Amazon AWS.

If you are a server admin or system admin and have not already signed up for Amazon AWS you may want to check out their Free Tier for new customers. You can also signup for a course to learn how to use AWS.

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