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 SDK for Android

    The AWS SDK for Android is a collection of tools for developers creating applications for the Android operating system.

  • AWS SDK for Go

    The AWS SDK for Go is a collection of tools that helps a developer integrate applications built with the Go programming language into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

  • AWS SDK for iOS

    The AWS SDK for iOS is a collection of software tools for the development of applications for Apple iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

  • AWS SDK for PHP

    The AWS SDK for PHP is an open source library designed to help developers build applications that are based on the PHP server-side scripting language within Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • AWS SDK for Ruby

    The AWS SDK for Ruby is a collection of tools designed to help a developer build applications within Amazon Web Services (AWS) that are based on the Ruby open source object-oriented programming language.

  • AWS Security Token Service

    The AWS Security Token Service is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) software tool that enables an IT administrator to grant trusted users temporary and limited access credentials to public cloud resources.

  • 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 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.

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