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 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.

  • C

    CloudWatch (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.

  • D

    data lake

    A data lake is a storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native format until it is needed.

  • E

    Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)

    Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) is a load-balancing service for Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments.

  • F

    Firecracker

    Firecracker is a light-weight virtualization technology open sourced by Amazon Web Services.

  • G

    Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service

    Globally Distributed MySQL-as-a-Service is a Database as a Service (DBaaS) product from GenieDB.

  • Gluon (deep learning library)

    Gluon is an open source deep learning library jointly created by AWS and Microsoft that helps developers build, train and deploy machine learning models in the cloud.

  • Google App Engine

    Google App Engine is a cloud computing platform as a service that allows web app developers and enterprises access to Google's scalable hosting and tier 1 internet service.

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