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AWS For Novices- Explained By An AWS Analyst

What is AWS
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Dione Fernandes

AWS is quite a buzz word these days. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, I’m sure you’ve heard this word before. Many of you must be wondering what AWS is, where did it come from, and how AWS can serve you or how you can make use of it? Yes, in this article, we’ll be discussing all these questions, so that everyone can understand it. 

These questions have been answered by an AWS analyst with Webcubator Technologies—Suyog Hirve. 

Answering Frequently Asked Questions on AWS 

Q: What Is AWS?

AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a cloud computing platform that provides a wide range of cloud services to its users. AWS can be defined as a secured cloud platform that offers IT infrastructure services. This helps people across the globe in setting up their IT startups without worrying about IT infrastructure, all with minimal investment. Many people call it the “Operating System for the Internet”. A user can access the AWS resources at moderate costs and can solely focus on the applications that he/she wishes to serve over the internet. 


Q: How Did Companies Run Before AWS? 

Before AWS (Amazon Web Services), all the IT industries were running on huge collections of Servers, Storage and Databases some way or the other were all connected to the Internet to serve applications worldwide. It's not at all easy to set up all these infrastructures without a huge investment. Above all, IT companies had to take care of all the security, maintenance and optimization of these resources from time to time, which added to further costs. For any Startup, to set up all these infrastructures with huge investment was not possible and honestly speaking, setting up an IT startup was a dream for ordinary people. 


Q: How was AWS started?

To make things simple and available to ordinary man, Amazon Web Services came up with an idea in 2003 to set up all infrastructures such as servers, databases, storage etc. on their own and started renting out these facilities to the common man at reasonable rates. The security, maintenance and optimization of the resources are all taken care of by AWS. 


Q: What Does AWS Offer?

AWS can offer you ample of services over the Internet. Below are some of them:

  1. Runs servers for your web or other applications (To host a Website).

  2. Securely stores all your data, allowing you to access it over the internet from anywhere.

  3. Sets up any kinds of Database. For example, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or SQL servers to store or to run your applications.

  4. Hosts your own customized website (www.example.com).



Q: How Would You Further Explain AWS? 

To give you an analogy for this, let me put it this way, we all consume electricity or internet service for our homes. We do not generate it nor own it, we simply make use of it and pay for its usage. In the same manner, AWS is an IT service provider over the internet, which provides computing, storage, networking and a lot of other services. AWS offers us all these services with a pay-as-you-use pricing model. 


Q: Is AWS Right For Big or Small Companies?

Many IT companies have migrated to AWS and many more are transitioning. The leading IT companies such as Netflix, Linkedin, Facebook, BBC, and ESPN, among others are already on AWS 

Thus, all companies—both, small and big—can and eventually will leverage AWS or some other cloud service provider in the near future. 


Q: What Is The Future of AWS?

AWS will go a long way and the reason is quite clear and straightforward. No one can afford to build nor are they interested in maintaining and handling IT infrastructure. In future, everyone will be more focused on building applications and marketing them instead of focusing on its Infrastructure.