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Building and running your business starts with compute, whether you are building mobile apps, or running massive clusters to sequence the human genome. AWS has over 70 infrastructure services and plans to deliver more than 1,000 new features in 2016. With more than twice as many compute instance families, twice the compliance certifications, and the largest global footprint of any other cloud vendor, AWS provides a robust and scalable platform to help organizations of all types and sizes innovate quickly.

AWS offers multiple compute products allowing you to deploy, run, and scale your applications as virtual servers, containers, or code.

If You Need To.... Customer Management Responsibilities Deployment Unit Consider Using
Run simple applications and websites on one or a few servers for a low, predictable price.
  • You follow instance creation experience to spin up a preconfigured virtual server in seconds. You don’t have to worry about security groups or other settings.
  • You control the server, OS, and other software through the intuitive Lightsail console. But you have less control and fewer options available than EC2.
  • You are billed a flat predictable rate for your plan each month. Plans start at $5.
Virtual Private Server (Instance) Amazon Lightsail
Run any application. Control and manage server or cluster level functions such as scaling and deployment.
  • You provision, scale, and manage server capacity. EC2 offers a wide selection of instance configurations optimized for every use case.
  • You control the server, OS, and deployment software (if needed)
  • You have flexible payment options to meet your business needs, including enabling BYOL
Virtual Machines
Amazon EC2

Run stateless or stateful applications packaged as Docker containers

  • You provision and scale the server capacity and manage the utilization and availability.
  • AWS manages the fault tolerance of the application.
  • AWS manages cluster state and container deployment.
Containers Amazon ECS

Run event-initiated, stateless applications that need quick response times

  • AWS provisions and scales the server capacity and manages the utilization.
  • AWS manages the availability and fault tolerance of the application.
Code
AWS Lambda

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is flexible service that provides resizable cloud-based compute capacity in the form of EC2 instances, which are equivalent to virtual servers. You can commission one or thousands of instances simultaneously, and pay only for what you use, making web-scale cloud computing easy. We provide a broad range of instance types optimized to fit different use cases, and choice in how you pay for instances, so you can optimize your application based on business needs while minimizing costs. 

Common Use Cases:

  • Big data (e.g. Hadoop, Spark)
  • Database software (e.g., Aurora, DynamoDB)
  • Enterprise applications (e.g., SAP, Oracle, Sharepoint)
  • Migrations from on-premises environments, including BYOL
  • Open-source cluster management

Amazon Lightsail is the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS. Lightsail includes everything you need to jumpstart your project – a virtual machine, SSD-based storage, data transfer, DNS management, and a static IP – for a low, predictable price. Launch in seconds with preconfigured operating system and application images and manage your resources easily from our intuitive console. When your app needs advanced features like managed databases, content delivery network, or any of dozens of other features, you can connect these additional AWS services to your Lightsail server. Lightsail plans start at only $5 per month.

Common Use Cases:

  • Simple Web Applications
  • WordPress Blogs and Websites
  • Ecommerce Websites
  • Single-server Business Software

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon ECS eliminates the need for you to install, operate, and scale your own cluster management infrastructure.

Common Use Cases:

  • Web applications
  • Microservices
  • Batch jobs
  • Docker workloads

AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. You pay only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not running. With Lambda, you can run code for virtually any type of application or backend service - all with zero administration. Just upload your code and Lambda takes care of everything required to run and scale your code with high availability. You can set up your code to automatically trigger from other AWS services or call it directly from any web or mobile app. Lambda is the core of serverless computing, which lets you build and run applications and services without thinking about servers.

Common Use Cases:

  • Web applications
  • Mobile backends
  • IoT backends
  • Stream processing workloads
  • File processing workloads