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Top Five Amazon Cloud Services

The world’s largest cloud services provider for organizations offers a huge catalog of solutions for businesses of all sizes. With over 170 cloud services and products in its portfolio, Amazon Cloud gives you a lot of options to choose from.

That said, several essential Amazon Cloud services stand out through their popularity, features, and the value that they provide. So, what are the top five Amazon cloud services right now?

Amazon Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2)

amazon-cloud-services-ec2Better known as Amazon EC2, this popular cloud service enables you to create virtual machines as a faster, simpler, and more cost-effective alternative to setting up physical servers. Amazon EC2 allows you to manage your virtual servers with ease including configuring and scaling them to adapt them to your needs.

Many organizations use Amazon EC2 to save time and optimize costs. Instead of spending time and resources managing hardware and software for physical servers, they choose to set up virtual machines and tap into the awesome computing power of the cloud. For many people, Amazon EC2 is the first service that the Amazon Cloud brings to mind.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Next on our list is Amazon S3, one of the most reliable and secure file storage services in the world. This is built on the same system that stores data for the Amazon website so it can handle huge amounts of data.

Amazon S3 stores your data in multiple data centers to ensure that your data is safe and protected from outages and natural disasters. It’s fast, easy to set up, and very scalable. With it, you can store files of up to 5 terabytes each. Amazon S3 enables you to manage access to your files and comes with built-in security features.

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

amazon-cloud-services-rdsAmazon RDS enables you to create and run SQL databases in the cloud. SQL relational databases are important for organizations across industries. Chances are your organization already uses a few for its database servers.

Amazon RDS supports all the major database engines and makes it possible for your IT team to create dedicated database instances quickly. Similar to other Amazon Cloud services, you’re looking at a cost-effective and scalable solution that you can adapt to your needs.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

amazon-cloud-services-vpcAnother leading Amazon Cloud service, Amazon VPC enables you to move your IT infrastructure and services into a virtual private cloud that is considerably safer than a public cloud. Because it’s protected from external threats, Amazon VPC is a great way to take advantage of the power of cloud computing without running security risks.

With this service you can grant control only to people you authorize, keeping it safe from external networks. The Amazon VPC can be scaled according to your requirements.

Amazon CloudFront

amazon-cloud-services-cloudfrontLast but not least in your list of the top five Amazon Cloud services is Amazon CloudFront, a global content delivery service (CDN) that can improve your website loading speed. Amazon CloudFront speeds up website content delivery without compromising security.

This service can significantly improve website performance for large sites with a lot of content such as ecommerce websites. Amazon Cloud front can handle media content and integrates with many other Amazon Cloud services. It’s one of the world’s best known and most reliable CDNs.

Final Thoughts

The top Amazon Cloud services mentioned above enable you to harness the power and flexibility of the cloud to store data, improve performance, increase security, and set up virtual machines and databases without headaches. They can have a beneficial, even transformative effect on your business.

But keep in mind that these are only the tip of the iceberg—Amazon Cloud offers many other services that can be helpful to your organization. Explore them all to make sure you’re not missing anything.

Edward Kuhn

Edward Kuhn is a software architect who leads technical teams across a diverse range of projects using various platforms for Insurance, Medical and Manufacturing Industries.

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