Amazon Web Services

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Amazon Web Services (commonly abbreviated to AWS) is a collection of remote computing services that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by Amazon.

It is a branding that encompasses EC2, SES (bulk mailing), Glacier, and other Amazon data and compute services.


A helpful guide to the numerous, often confusing AWS services is AWS in Plain English


You can use some AWS services like web hosting, or to run services your server can call.

How to

How to use Amazon Web Services in general ... TBD (account creation, setup, billing, closing, deletion etc.)

Beyond that, good question better answered in a/the page on the specific service!

AWS best practices based in selfdogfood personal sites welcome!

IndieWeb Examples

  • please add!


AWS is a collection of cryptic acronyms like EC2, IAM, S3, VPC, RDC, SES, SQS, WAF, SNS, and opaque jargon like Lambda, API Gateway, Route53, Cloudfront, CloudSearch, DynamoDB, Elasticache, Elastic Transcoder, Cognito, Device Farm, CodeCommit, CodePipeline, EC2 Container Service, Elastic Beanstalk, AppStream, WorkDocs, WorkMail, Workspaces, Service Catalog, Storage Gateway, and so many more.



Included downtime for actual physical deliveries from Amazon:

  • Motherboard: AWS Outage Grinds Amazon Warehouses and Deliveries to a Halt / There’s a mix of frustration and joy from workers as AWS outages cause chaos with Amazon’s delivery infrastructure during its busy season.

    Websites and online services (including Motherboard) are experiencing outages and technical difficulties around the world because of an ongoing Amazon Web Services outage.


    … “AWS servers are down, and only about 50 % of my people can deliver. Most cannot login,” an Amazon delivery company owner in Clearwater, Florida told Motherboard, noting that the outage would cause serious delays in Amazon package delivery.



2014 September

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