Amazon Web Services, popularly known as AWS, is one of the biggest cloud services in the world that quickly dominated the cloud services sector with robust, secure and easy-to-use tools for databases, operations and storage. Many big enterprises use and recommend AWS including Unilever, Netflix, Met Office, BMW, Airbnb etc.
In this blog, we will be exploring a few of the most useful cloud tools and services offered by AWS.
Simple Storage Service (S3)
This is one of the most widely used among all AWS services; for storing and securing any amount of data in a number of situations so as to ensure operations of mobile apps and sites, backup and recovery, archival, data inquiry etc. The service is also quite easy to use, and comes with administration tools that enable you to operate data and configure access restrictions to meet requirements.
AWS Lambda is a great event-driven AWS service that runs program codes in response to events without the need to operate servers. The pricing model is based on the service’s used time i.e. you need only pay for the used time. Furthermore, if the code isn’t executed by the service, no fee is charged.
What makes AWS Lambda a reliable investment is the fact that it’s capable of running any kind of software or server services without requiring administrative operations. The user simply has to upload program codes, sit back and watch Lambda execute the codes, scaling availability on demand.
Lex gained a lot of momentum after chatbots became a buzzing trend for businesses. It’s a scalable, secure service that allows users to create, publish and monitor chatbots, with single-click multiplatform deployment being its most interesting feature. With AWS Lex, users’ applications will have conversational interfaces powered by Deep Learning technologies (that which power Amazon Alexa).
The service has a well-designed speech recognition system that enables Lex to process action confirmation requests as well as error-handling requests. By default, AWS Lex supports integration with AWS Lambda.
Simple Notification Service (SNS)
A fully operated Pub/Sub messaging service, SNS can be a great asset for enterprises leveraging the many benefits of AWS. The service is highly secure and can effectively separate microservices, distributed systems and also serverless programs.
With SNS, users can send messages regardless of the operating system at the receiving end. The notably fast service can also be enhanced with users’ own software that can add messages to the service so the service can then forward them to message subscribers.
Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Another widely used AWS service, EC2 provides scalable computing assets on the cloud. The obviously secure service simplifies cloud computing and features an easy-to-use web interface. This interface streamlines the setup and technical configurations of computing assets while giving users full control over all instances including root access and almost all features available on other machines. Additionally, EC2 also allows users to choose their desired operating systems and software packages.
The name may sound silly but Polly is one of AWS’ greatest services – Amazon’s own text-to-speech tool that supports a plethora of languages. The service can be accessed via an API that adds an audio file into your program. For Polly, users need to pay only for the number of symbols that are transcribed into voice. You might think that could amount to a lot. But it doesn’t. A book with close to 400,000 characters can be transcribed at a cost of about $2. Other key benefits include speech storage, live streaming, voice output configurations etc.
Glacier is possibly one of the most cost effective object storage class of all AWS services. It’s safe and reliable, and serves to back up data and long-term backup storage. The service cost is about $0.004 a month for storing 1 GB of data making it a great alternative to conventional local storage solutions.
With Glacier, information can be extracted in three ways – Accelerated option that will last up to 5 minutes, Standard option that can last from 3 to 5 hours, Batch option that can last from 5 to 12 hours.
Other major benefits include:
- Enhanced integration with AWS CloudTrail for running an audit, monitoring and storing storage API call data while supplementing the process with various methods of encryption.
- A thriving community of Amazon objects storage services comprising thousands of consulting companies, system integrators and independent software vendors.
Athena is an online serverless query service that can effectively streamline data analyses processes in Simple Storage Service (S3) using standard SQL services. With Athena, you don’t need infrastructure that requires configuration or operation. The service ensures that the data are analyzed the right way. The user need not upload data to Athena as the service directly handles data stored in S3.
Major benefits include:
- Easy-to-use Athena Console
- Easy to create standard SQL queries
- Pay per request
- Easy integration with AWS Glue for optimized query performance reduction
Internet of Things
AWS IoT is possibly the most trending AWS service that offers software solutions, data services and operations for building a great IoT ecosystem. The service allows users to safely connect devices and gather information. AWS IoT performs activities based on locally received information even without an internet connection. The service offers operating options to supervise, manage, and protect a large set of devices. Combined with data services, users can capitalize on IoT data effectively.
The package includes:
- AWS IoT
- Device Software
- Data services
- Peripheral operations management
- Protection, control, and management of devices in the cloud
Simple Queuing Service (SQS)
The SQS, as the name suggests, is a message queuing service that can both isolate and scale distributed systems, microservices, and serverless programs. The service features two types of message queues – Standard queues and FIFO SQS queues.
The Standard queues can be used for maximum throughput and optimal delivery of messages according to the ‘at once’ method. FIFO SQS queues are limited bandwidth queues that ensure that messages are processed strictly in the order they are sent.
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