Amazon Web Services

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The Amazon Web Services (AWS) are a collection of remote computing services (also called web services) offered over the Internet by

Launched in July 2002, Amazon Web Services provide online services for other web sites or client-side applications. Most of these services are not exposed directly to end users, but instead offer functionality that other developers can use. In June 2007, Amazon claimed that more than 330,000 developers had signed up to use Amazon Web Services.[1]

Amazon Web Services’ offerings are accessed over HTTP, using REST and SOAP protocols. All are billed on usage, with the exact form of usage varying from service to service.


List of AWS services

Similar or related services

  • IBM has announced Blue Cloud, a service based on Linux, Hadoop, Xen, and PowerVM.
  • RightScale and
  • 3Tera offer administration tools to manage seamlessly machines based on different data centers operated by Internet hosting services around the world.
  • opsource Offers a similar service too.
  • Google App Engine was released in April 2008 and allows web applications to be deployed to Google infrastructure.
  • Microsoft has announced Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform, a similar cloud-computing infrastructure intended to host both managed and unmanaged .Net applications. It is free like Google App Engine, however a token is needed, and are in limited supply [4]
  • Rackspace has released a similar cloud-computing platform under the brand Mosso, which includes Cloud Sites, Cloud Files, and Cloud Servers
  • ServePath has similar to Rackspace offer under the name of GoGrid.
  • RightScale provides a service to help manage your cloud. This can also be done via Amazon's API, or Amazon's web based management console. Amazon's management console however does not offer control over all features supported by AWS.
  • vCloud Express from VMware service provider partners is another cloud service based on VMware infrastructure.
Provider Root Pricing Bandwidth IN Bandwidth OUT Base Price RAM Base Price Disk Space Price for 1.7GB Ram (approx)
Amazon EC2 Yes $0.085/h $0.10 $0.17 1.7 GB 160 GB $0.10
GoGrid Yes $0.095/h Free $0.50 512MB 30GB $0.19/h (2Gig)
RackSpace (Mosso) Yes $0.015/h $0.08 $0.22 256MB 10GB $0.12/h (2Gig)

Pricing up to date as of August 1, 2009. Based on their web sites. At first glance, Amazon appears to be the most expensive per hour, compared to the other two. However, taking into account ram, Amazon appears to the least expensive. To further complicate things, Amazon also charges for persistence storage, static IP address, load balancer, and regional data transfer.


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