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.

  • A

    AWS Service Catalog (Amazon Web Services Service Catalog)

    The AWS Service Catalog (Amazon Web Services Service Catalog) is a product that allows cloud administrators to provision applications for end users by setting configurations within product portfolios.

  • AWS Shield

    AWS Shield is a security service that protects web applications hosted on the Amazon Web Services public cloud against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

  • AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO)

    AWS Single Sign-On (AWS SSO) is a service from Amazon Web Services that enables IT to manage user access to multiple applications and AWS accounts from a single, centralized console.

  • AWS Snowball Edge

    AWS Snowball Edge is a physical appliance intended to help an enterprise migrate large volumes of data into and off of the AWS public cloud.

  • AWS Spot Fleets (Amazon Web Services Spot Fleets)

    An AWS Spot Fleet (Amazon Web Services Spot Fleets) is a collection of virtual servers (instances) purchased at reduced rates within Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). EC2 also manages those servers.

  • AWS Spot Instance

    AWS Spot Instance is a purchasing option that allows a customer to purchase unused Amazon EC2 computer capacity at a highly-reduced rate.  

  • AWS Step Functions

    AWS Step Functions is a cloud service from Amazon Web Services that enables a developer to manage and visualize the components of distributed, multi-component applications.

  • AWS Storage Gateway (Amazon Web Services Storage Gateway)

    AWS Storage Gateway securely transfers application data between on-premises software and cloud-based storage to improve application scalability and help an enterprise save costs.

  • AWS Support (Amazon Web Services Support)

    AWS Support provides advice and tools for developers in the AWS cloud. The service is billed monthly and has four tiers of support plans.

  • AWS Test Drive

    The AWS Test Drive is a free Amazon Web Services tool that allows consulting and technology partners to test third-party software environments.

  • AWS Trusted Advisor (Amazon Web Services Trusted Advisor)

    AWS Trusted Advisor is a product that allows a cloud administrator to provision Amazon Web Services resources according to best practices in four categories: cost optimization, security, fault tolerance and performance improvement.

  • AWS Web Application Firewall (AWS WAF)

    AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a security system that controls incoming and outgoing traffic for applications and websites based in the Amazon Web Services public cloud.

  • AWS X-Ray

    AWS X-Ray is an application performance management service that enables a developer to analyze and debug applications in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

  • B

    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.

  • Boto

    Boto is a software development kit (SDK) designed to improve the use of the Python programming language in Amazon Web Services. The Boto project started as a customer-contributed library to help developers build Python-based applications in the cloud, converting application programming interface (API) responses from AWS into Python classes.

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