What is AWS?
AWS stands for Amazon Web Services and it is described by Wikipedia this way: “Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments, on a paid subscription basis. The technology allows subscribers to have at their disposal a virtual cluster of computers, available all the time, through the Internet”.
What this helps us understand is that AWS is a platform that helps solve internet and networking issues for people. Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments can create quality websites and web applications with the cloud solutions it provides.
Some Interesting Facts About AWS
The geeks from the Hosting Tribunal have collected so many interesting facts about AWS, but time would fail us to share all. Let’s just share two or three of these facts:
AWS was launched from the existing Amazon framework. It was designed to take care of the online retail transactions. Amazon was one of the first corporations to offer a pay-as-you-go cloud computing model that adapts to give users computing and digital storage resources as they need it.
AWS offers more than 100 services and it has over one hundred thousand active customers. It is also made up of 55 availability zones that cut across 18 geographic regions all over the world.
The revenue that AWS generated in 2017 was $18 billion.
Timeline of AWS
AWS has come a long way since it was launched. We would just give you a brief summary of some of the milestones.
In July 2002, the AWS platform was launched.
November 2004 saw the launch of Simple Queue Service (SQS). This was the first service AWS launched for public use. This same year was also when the AWS blog was launched and the first blog post was by Jeff Barr.
In 2006, AWS was relaunched officially and it introduced two services to the public. These service are the EC2 for computing and S3 for storage.
In the year 2013, the CIA bypassed IBM and chose AWS for private cloud.
2014 was when AWS launched the EC2 Container Service to facilitate container infrastructure on AWS.
In 2015, Amazon launched a storage appliance that FedEx made for importing data to AWS. This appliance is named Snowball.
In 2016, another application was launched by Amazon for moving data faster to AWS. This appliance was called Snowmobile. In this same year, the revenue generated by AWS was $12.22 billion.
In 2018 so far, Amazon has launched an auto scaling service on AWS. It further plans to launch a region in Sweden.
There are plans to launch a first of its kind region in the Middle East in Bahrain in 2019.
If you have need for website hosting, it may interest you to know that AWS provides the following:
Simple Website Hosting, Static Website Hosting and Enterprise Web Hosting. Each type of web hosting provides ideal services for various use cases.
The simple web site hosting is ideal for websites built on commonly known and recognized applications. Static website hosting is most appropriate for customers who are not interested in managing infrastructure and expect occasional high traffic. Enterprise Web Hosting is ideal for customers who need absolute control and adaptability for their web server configuration and administration.