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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    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 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.

  • 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.

  • AUFS (Advanced Multi-Layered Unification Filesystem)

    Advanced multi-layered unification filesystem (AUFS) is a union filesystem sometimes used in platform-as-a-service environments to merge distinct directory hierarchies into a single directory. This may be done to consolidate a large repository without using a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) or similar techniques.

  • availability zones

    Availability zones (AZs) are isolated locations within data center regions from which public cloud services originate and operate.

  • AWS Activate

    AWS Activate is a free program that provides approved startups with resources for working with Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS Activate requires a special registration that allows startup customers with a valid AWS account to apply for either a self-starter package or a portfolio package. 

  • AWS ADS (AWS Application Discovery Service)

    AWS Application Discovery Service (AWS ADS) is a tool that helps an enterprise plan application migrations to the Amazon Web Services public cloud.

  • AWS Batch

    AWS Batch is a service that enables IT professionals to schedule and execute batch processing jobs in the Amazon Web Services public cloud.

  • AWS Certificate Manager

    The AWS Certificate Manager allows an IT team to create and renew free SSL and TSL certificates to create secure connections over the internet.

  • AWS certification

    AWS certification is a level of Amazon Web Services cloud expertise that an IT professional obtains after passing one or more exams the public cloud provider offers.

  • AWS CloudFormation (Amazon Web Services CloudFormation)

    Amazon Web Services CloudFormation is a free service that provides developers with a simple way to create and manage an assortment of Amazon Web Service resources while keeping them organized.

  • AWS CloudHSM

    AWS CloudHSM is a security service that provides tamper-resistant infrastructure in the form of hardware security modules (HSMs) to protect highly sensitive data in the Amazon Web Services public cloud.

  • AWS CodeBuild

    AWS CodeBuild is a managed cloud service that enables an IT developer to automate and manage server builds for applications that reside in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

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