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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    AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS)

    The AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) is a software tool that enables an IT team to migrate a database between on-premises and the Amazon Web Services cloud.

  • AWS DeepLens

    AWS DeepLens is a programmable video camera that enables a developer to easily experiment with machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • AWS Direct Connect

    Direct Connect is a network service that allows an enterprise customer to establish a dedicated network connection between one of Amazon's Direct Connect locations and the customer's data center or colocation environment. 

  • AWS Directory Service

    The AWS Directory Service is an Amazon Web Services tool that allows enables an IT administrator to run Microsoft Active Directory (AD) in the public cloud, easing setup of user and group data and giving an end user access to AWS cloud services.

  • AWS Educate (Amazon Web Services Educate)

    AWS Educate is a grant program that aims to teach the next generation of IT cloud professionals how to use Amazon's platform.

  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk

    AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a cloud deployment and provisioning service that automates the process of getting applications set up on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure.

  • AWS Fargate

    AWS Fargate is a service that enables a user to run containers on Amazon's cloud computing platform without the need to manage the underlying infrastructure.

  • AWS Firewall Manager

    AWS Firewall Manager is a tool from Amazon Web Services that an organization can use to configure policies for the cloud vendor's native web application firewall (WAF) service.

  • AWS Glue

    AWS Glue is a cloud service that prepares data for analysis through automated extract, transform and load (ETL) processes.

  • AWS GovCloud (Amazon Web Services GovCloud)

    AWS GovCloud is an isolated data center region of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud designed to meet strict compliance requirements as defined by the U.S. Government.

  • AWS Greengrass

    AWS Greengrass is a service that extends Amazon Web Services functionality to internet of things (IoT) devices, allowing a business to perform data collection and analysis closer to its origin.

  • AWS Import/Export

    AWS Import/Export is a program that enables an IT team to move large amounts of data into and out of the Amazon Web Services public cloud with portable storage devices.

  • AWS Import/Export Snowball

    AWS Import/Export Snowball is a data transport appliance that allows businesses to migrate a large amount of data to or from the Amazon Web Services public cloud.

  • AWS Instance Scheduler

    AWS Instance Scheduler is a tool from Amazon Web Services that automates when and where a user's virtual machine instances are deployed on the public cloud.

  • AWS IoT (Amazon Web Services internet of things)

    AWS IoT is an Amazon Web Services platform that collects and analyzes data from internet-connected devices and sensors -- called the internet of things -- and connects that data to AWS cloud applications.

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