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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

This glossary contains definitions related to developing, deploying or selling applications and services on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Some definitions explain the meaning of words used in the deployment of private and hybrid clouds. Other definitions are related to the software tools and strategies that IT departments use when partnering with Amazon and using AWS as a primary or secondary IT infrastructure.

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  • Alexa Internet - Alexa Internet, often referred to simply as Alexa, is a Web traffic information, metrics and analytics provider.
  • Alexa Skills Kit - The Alexa Skills Kit is a software development kit (SDK) that enables a developer to build skills, also called conversational applications, on the Amazon Alexa artificial intelligence assistant.
  • Alexa Web Information Service (AWIS) - Alexa Web Information Service (AWIS) is a subscription-based service that makes it possible for developers to access Alexa Web traffic data for inclusion in their XML-based websites and applications.
  • Amazon AI - Amazon AI is a set of artificial intelligence services that offer machine and deep learning technologies for Amazon Web Services (AWS) developers and users.
  • Amazon API Gateway - Amazon API Gateway in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) product that allows a developer to connect non-AWS applications to AWS back-end resources, such as servers or code.
  • Amazon AppStream - Amazon AppStream is an Amazon Web Service (AWS) that enables compute-intensive applications to be streamed from the cloud to computing devices of all types.
  • Amazon Athena - Amazon Athena is a service that enables a data analyst to perform interactive queries in the Amazon Web Services public cloud on data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
  • Amazon Chime - Amazon Chime is a real-time audio, video conferencing and collaboration service hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Amazon Cloud Directory - Amazon Cloud Directory is a service that enables an IT team to build cloud-native directories in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon Cloud Drive - Amazon Cloud Drive is an online storage service that allows users to upload and access music, videos, documents and photos from Web-connected devices.
  • Amazon CloudFront - Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery service that works in conjunction with other Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide developers with a simple way to distribute content to end users.
  • Amazon CloudSearch - Amazon CloudSearch is a scalable, developer-friendly, cloud-based search service that forms part of Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Amazon CloudWatch - Amazon CloudWatch is a component of Amazon Web Services (AWS) that provides monitoring for AWS resources and the customer applications running on the Amazon infrastructure.
  • Amazon Cognito - Amazon Cognito is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) product that controls user authentication and access for mobile applications on internet-connected devices.
  • Amazon Comprehend - Amazon Comprehend is a natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning to analyze and find relationships in text.
  • Amazon Connect - Amazon Connect is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud customer contact center service.
  • Amazon Developer Services - Amazon Developer Services is a suite of tools and services that enable a developer to build, test and sell applications and games in the Amazon Appstore.
  • Amazon Device Messaging - Amazon Device Messaging (ADM) is an Amazon Developer Services tool that enables a developer to send push notifications to end user native devices that run a mobile application, such as a game or shopping platform.
  • Amazon DevPay - Amazon DevPay restricts application access to subscribed end users, monitors the customer's application use and bills them for the time owed.
  • Amazon DynamoDB - Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service offered by AWS, designed to provide low latency and high performance for applications.
  • Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) - Amazon Elastic Block Store is a cloud-based block storage system provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that is best used for storing persistent data.
  • Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web-based service that allows businesses to run application programs in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon EC2 Container Service - Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) is a cloud computing service in Amazon Web Services (AWS) that manages containers.
  • Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts - Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts are servers with virtual machine capacity dedicated to one Amazon Web Services customer, instead of sharing server capacity with other customers.
  • Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs - Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs are virtual machines (VMs), also known as compute instances, in the Amazon Web Services public cloud with added graphics acceleration capabilities.
  • Amazon EC2 instance - An EC2 instance is a virtual server in Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for running applications on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure.
  • Amazon EC2 Simple Systems Manager - The Amazon EC2 Simple Systems Manager allows a developer to automatically configure instances via the EC2 Run Command and SSM Config features.
  • Amazon Echo - Amazon Echo is a product line of hands-free speaker and virtual assistant devices that interact with an end user via the Amazon Alexa cloud-based voice service.
  • Amazon Echo Look - Amazon Echo Look is a camera and style virtual assistant for consumers.
  • Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) - Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is a cloud-based file storage service for applications and workloads that run in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) - Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) is a cloud-based container management service that natively integrates with Kubernetes to deploy applications.
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR) - Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) tool for big data processing and analysis.
  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder - Amazon Elastic Transcoder is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) tool that allows an enterprise to convert media files into formats that a range of devices support, including smartphones, tablets and desktops.
  • Amazon ElastiCache - Amazon ElastiCache is a fully managed caching service.
  • Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS) - Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS) is a set of web service APIs offered as an Amazon Web Service (AWS).
  • Amazon Glacier - Amazon Glacier is a low-cost cloud storage service for data with longer retrieval times offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Amazon Go - Amazon Go is an e-commerce mobile application that enables consumers to purchase items in physical stores without waiting in lines or checking out with registers.
  • Amazon GuardDuty - Amazon GuardDuty is a managed cloud security monitoring service that detects behavior or threats that can compromise Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts, resources or workloads.
  • Amazon Inspector - Amazon Inspector is an AWS tool that automatically assesses a customer's AWS cloud deployment for security vulnerabilities and deficiencies.
  • Amazon Key - Amazon Key is a service that allows delivery drivers to gain access to an Amazon Prime customer's home or place of business during specified times.
  • Amazon Kinesis - Amazon Kinesis is the fully managed Amazon Web Service (AWS) offering for real-time processing of big data.
  • Amazon Kinesis Firehose - Amazon Kinesis Firehose captures and loads streaming data in storage and business intelligence tools to enable near real-time analytics in the Amazon Web Services cloud.
  • Amazon Lex - Amazon Lex is an artificial intelligence (AI) web service.
  • Amazon Lightsail - Amazon Lightsail is an Amazon cloud service that offers bundles of cloud compute power and memory for new or less experienced cloud users.
  • Amazon Lumberyard - Amazon Lumberyard is a cross-platform video game development engine that connects to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon Machine Image (AMI) - An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is a master image for the creation of virtual servers (known as EC2 instances) in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment.
  • Amazon Machine Learning - Amazon Machine Learning is an Amazon Web Services product that allows a developer to discover patterns in end-user data through algorithms, construct mathematical models based on these patterns and then create and implement predictive applications.
  • Amazon Macie - Amazon Macie is a cloud security tool that uses machine learning to identify and protect sensitive data stored in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk - Amazon Mechanical Turk is a web service application program interface (API) that allows developers to integrate human intelligence into remote procedure calls (RPC).
  • Amazon Mobile Analytics - Amazon Mobile Analytics is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) product that allows a developer to collect and analyze mobile application usage data.
  • Amazon Neptune - Amazon Neptune is a managed service that enables a user to create and manage a graph database in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon Pinpoint - Amazon Pinpoint is a marketing and analytics service hosted on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud that enables an organization to engage with and track metrics related to its application end users.
  • Amazon Polly - Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service within the Amazon Web Services cloud platform.
  • Amazon Prime Air drone - Amazon's Prime Air drone is a delivery system in development that uses remote-controlled robotic vehicles to transport goods from the warehouse to the consumer.
  • Amazon QLDB - Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (QLDB) is a non-relational database as a service (DBaaS) designed for AWS customers who want to maintain a verifiable history of data changes in an application they own.
  • Amazon QuickSight - Amazon QuickSight is an Amazon Web Services utility that allows a company to create and analyze visualizations of its customers' data.
  • Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) - Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) is a fully-managed SQL database service.
  • Amazon Redshift - Amazon Redshift is a fully managed petabyte-scale data warehouse service.
  • Amazon Redshift Spectrum - Amazon Redshift Spectrum is a feature within Amazon Web Services' Redshift data warehousing service that lets a data analyst conduct fast, complex analysis on objects stored on the AWS cloud.
  • Amazon Rekognition - Amazon Rekognition is an image analysis service available in the Amazon AI suite.
  • Amazon Route 53 - Amazon Route 53 is a scalable domain name system (DNS) service intended to give business and developers a reliable way to direct end users to applications.
  • Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow - Amazon Route 53 Traffic Flow is a domain name system (DNS) service that allows an Amazon Web Services customer to define how end-user traffic is routed to application endpoints through a visual interface.
  • Amazon S3 - Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a scalable, high-speed, web-based cloud storage service designed for online backup and archiving of data and applications on Amazon Web Services.
  • Amazon S3 bucket - An Amazon S3 bucket is a public cloud storage resource available in Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), an object storage offering.
  • Amazon SageMaker - Amazon SageMaker is a service that enables a developer to build and train machine learning models for predictive or analytical applications in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Amazon Silk - Silk is the browser that Amazon developed for the Kindle Fire tablet computer.
  • Amazon Simple Database Service (SimpleDB) - Amazon Simple Database Service (SimpleDB), also known as a key value data store, is a highly available and flexible non-relational database that allows developers to request and store data, with minimal database management and administrative responsibility.
  • Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) - Amazon Simple Email Service is a pay-per-use service that allows you to build in email functionality into an application that you are running on AWS.
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) - Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a simple, fully-managed “push” messaging service that allows users to push texts, alerts or notifications, like an auto-reply message, or a notification that a package has shipped.
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) - Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) is a scalable and fully managed message queuing service that allows users to transmit any amount of data through the web without administrative responsibility.
  • Amazon SWF (Simple WorkFlow Service) - Amazon SWF (Simple Workflow Service) is an Amazon Web Services tool that helps developers coordinate, track and audit multi-step, multi-machine application jobs.
  • Amazon Transcribe - Amazon Transcribe is a speech recognition service that transcribes audio files into text.
  • Amazon Translate - Amazon Translate is a cloud service for changing large amounts of text written in one language to another language.
  • Amazon Trust Services - Amazon Trust Services is a certificate authority created and operated by Amazon Web Services.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) - Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Identity and Access Management (IAM) - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a directory service designed for tracking system users and providing ways of keeping track of information about how they get authenticated.
  • Amazon WorkDocs - Amazon WorkDocs is an Amazon Web Services online collaboration tool that allows a business to store, share and update files from different devices.
  • Amazon WorkMail - Amazon WorkMail is a managed email and calendar service for businesses that is hosted on the Amazon Web Services public cloud.
  • Amazon WorkSpaces - Amazon WorkSpaces is an Amazon Web Services tool that enables an IT administrator to give end users access to cloud applications, services, resources or documents on different types of devices within a virtualized desktop.
  • Amazon's data-flow PaaS: AppStream and Kinesis - Learn why AppStream and Kinesis are different kinds of data flow services.
  • application load balancer - The Application Load Balancer is a feature of Elastic Load Balancing that allows a developer to configure and route incoming end-user traffic to applications based in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.
  • Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) - Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) is the third party offering of artificial intelligence (AI) outsourcing.
  • artificial neuron - An artificial neuron is a connection point in an artificial neural network.

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