AWS Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing AWS and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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    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 Top Sites

    Alexa Top Sites is an Amazon Web Service (AWS) that provides lists of the highest-performing websites according to Alexa Traffic Rank algorithm. Sites are ranked on a descending scale, with number one being the top ranking.

  • 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 API Gateway allows an AWS customer to increase the overall functionality of cloud services.

  • 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 Aurora

    Amazon Aurora is a relational database engine from Amazon Web Services. The engine is MySQL-compatible, which means code, applications and drivers used in databases relying on MySQL can be used in Aurora with minimal or no changes.

  • 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 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). According to Amazon, developers can set CloudSearch up and deploy it fully in less than an hour.

  • 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. The service helps to speed application development by saving and synchronizing end user data, freeing up time for the developer.

  • 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.

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