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Definition of the AWS Cloud Edit

AWS Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Millions of customers are currently leveraging AWS cloud products and solutions to build sophisticated applications with increased flexibility, scalability and reliability.

The AWS Cloud provides a broad set of infrastructure services (over 50 services are available), such as computing power, storage options, networking and databases, delivered as a utility: on-demand, available in seconds, with pay-as-you-go pricing. It is available with 44 availability zones within 16 geographic regions across the world - with 17 more availability zones and 6 more regions announced.

AWS’ broad security certification and accreditation, data encryption at rest and in-transit, hardware security modules and strong physical security all contribute to a more secure way to manage your business’ IT infrastructure. With the AWS Cloud, capabilities for controlling, auditing and managing identity, configuration and usage come built into the platform helping you meet your compliance, governance and regulatory requirements.

The AWS Value Proposition Edit

Please consult the table below:

Principle Concepts
Agility Speed

Experimentation

Innovation

Elasticity Scale on demand

Eliminate wasted capacity

Flexibility Broad set of products

Low to no cost to entry

Security Amazon has acquired many certifications

Shared responsibility model

But... Edit

Ultimately, the greatest value will be found when architecting for cloud native technologies, rather than a "lift-and-shift" of the existing data centre.