About AWS

In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now commonly known as cloud computing. One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with your business. With the Cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster.

Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, customers across all industries are taking advantage of the following benefits:

  • Low Cost

    AWS offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments. We are able to build and manage a global infrastructure at scale, and pass the cost saving benefits onto you in the form of lower prices. With the efficiencies of our scale and expertise, we have been able to lower our prices on 15 different occasions over the past four years. Visit the Economics Center to learn more.

  • Agility and Instant Elasticity

    AWS provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that allows you to quickly innovate, experiment and iterate. Instead of waiting weeks or months for hardware, you can instantly deploy new applications, instantly scale up as your workload grows, and instantly scale down based on demand. Whether you need one virtual server or thousands, whether you need them for a few hours or 24/7, you still only pay for what you use. Visit the Architecture Center to learn more.

  • Open and Flexible

    AWS is a language and operating system agnostic platform. You choose the development platform or programming model that makes the most sense for your business. You can choose which services you use, one or several, and choose how you use them. This flexibility allows you to focus on innovation, not infrastructure. Download the AWS Overview Whitepaper.

  • Secure

    AWS is a secure, durable technology platform with industry-recognized certifications and audits: PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, FISMA Moderate, HIPAA, and SAS 70 Type II. Our services and data centers have multiple layers of operational and physical security to ensure the integrity and safety of your data. Visit the Security Center to learn more.


The AWS cloud computing platform provides the flexibility to launch your application regardless of your use case or industry. Learn more about popular solutions customers are running on AWS:

Application Hosting

Use reliable, on-demand infrastructure to power your applications, from hosted internal applications to SaaS offerings.

Backup and Storage

Store data and build dependable backup solutions using AWS’s inexpensive data storage services.

Content Delivery

Quickly and easily distribute content to end users worldwide, with low costs and high data transfer speeds.

Web Hosting

Satisfy your dynamic web hosting needs with AWS’s scalable infrastructure platform.

Enterprise IT

Host internal- or external-facing IT applications in AWS's secure environment.

Databases

Take advantage of a variety of scalable database solutions, from hosted enterprise database software or non-relational database solutions.


Get Started

Free Usage Tier

New customers can sign up and receive a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a free usage tier of Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. Simply sign up for AWS and your usage for applicable services, up to the monthly free tier limits, will be free. Learn more.

Step 1: Sign up for AWS

  • By signing up for AWS, you have access to Amazon’s cloud computing services. Note: The sign-up process requires a credit card, which will not be charged until you start using services. There are no long-term commitments and you can stop using AWS at any time.

Step 2: Launch an Application

  • To start using AWS for web hosting, watch this 10 minute video to help you get started in the cloud. This video will show you how to use a CloudFormation template to quickly launch a WordPress website on AWS, or:
  • Find developer tools, sample applications, and technical documentation in our Resource Center, or:
  • Use the point-and-click AWS Management Console to launch and manage your cloud resources.

Step 3: Get Help

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