AWS and Cloud Technology

AWS and Cloud Technology

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay as you-go pricing. Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centers and servers, you can access technology services, such as computing power, storage, and databases, on an as-needed basis from a cloud provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This article will talk about several sub-topics related to cloud technology and amazon web services(AWS) as follows:

  • What is cloud?
  • History of cloud computing.
  • Which companies provide cloud services and the topmost in the market.
  • What is AWS?
  • What can you do with AWS?
  • Criteria and way to get a cloud job.
  • Bonus: Best courses for learning cloud in AWS.

What is cloud?

Cloud, as the name might suggest, its’ not really cloud or something above in the air. It’s simply somebody else’s computer or more precisely, a server. Now, most of us don’t realise that we use cloud on a daily basis, without actually knowing what it is or how are we even using it?

Let’s say, you want to setup your business online by creating websites and storing the information provided by all your users. This, in typical early 90’s scenario would require several rooms for servers and for storage of data. This also depends upon your size of business. You will also require manager, administrators, engineers and, professionals for managing and administrating the servers.
Okay, so on a smaller scale, creating a blogging platform as a part of your secondary source of income you would need a i7 core processor and a proper storage which could keep your data and other information. Now, its a lot of work because along with getting new content you would also need to manage your little baby server and organize the data on a daily basis. And also, keeping your server up 24*7.

History of cloud computing

The story of Cloud computing so far…

  • 1999: launches CRM as a service
  • 2002: Amazon launches AWS for developers
  • 2006: AWS launches pay-per-use commercial cloud with S3 (storage) and EC2 (computer) services
  • 2008: Google launches App Engine offering developers a scalable application environment
  • 2010: Microsoft launches Azure IaaS (Beta version)
  • 2011: Apple launches iCloud and Microsoft buys Skype
  • 2015: Global Cloud industry exceeds $100 Billion revenues
  • 2016: AWS exceeds $12 Billion in IaaS/PaaS revenues and now offers 70 distinct Cloud services
  • 2017: Microsoft passes $10 Billion in SaaS revenue. Salesforce is #2 SaaS player with $8.5 Billion revenues.
  • 2018: Global Cloud IT infrastructure spend exceeds traditional IT
  • 2019: SaaS market exceeds $110 Billion revenues.
  • 2020: Total Cloud services revenues exceed $250 Billion.


Now, I hope you’ve got the idea most web hosting companies offer you. They offer you management of your platform, server, storage and professional security. So, you only have to focus on serving great content!

Cloud computing makes it easier, cheaper and faster to run state-of-the-art IT architectures in any type of company, large or small. Businesses benefit from cheaper, faster, more scalable IT resources in the Cloud and users get a better experience. A virtuous circle exists between software users and software developers in
SaaS Clouds: developers can improve the software faster because they can see usage and performance data in real time. Meanwhile, users get the latest software upgrades as soon as they are released, without having to pay more or having to fiddle with clumsy downloads.

According to a report by Canalys shown in the below chart, in Q4, 2020, AWS cloud grew by 28% and Azure, Google, and Alibaba clouds grew 50%, 58%, and 54% respectively. As of this report, AWS has 31% of total cloud market share followed by Azure, Google, and Alibaba that have 20%, 7%, and 6% respectively.

Here is a list of my top 10 cloud service providers:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google Cloud
  • Alibaba Cloud
  • IBM Cloud
  • Oracle
  • Salesforce
  • SAP
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • VMWare

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