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What is Amazon EC2 and S3?

Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2 ) is a cloud platform that allows users to rent virtual computers.

  • Amazon Ec2 is a Virutal machine.
  • Easily scalable – increase amount of Disk Space and RAM on your server very easily.
  • Since it is extremely scalable platform, it reduces the cost of buying expensive servers.
  • Maintenance and downtime is very less, servers are monitored by the Amazon.
  • You have full control of your server computing resources.
  • You can install any type of application on EC2 and can connect your existing IT infrastructure.
  • You can spin a new server in minutes.
  • Pay only for capacity that you use.

Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a data storage service on the cloud (online file storage web service). It allows you to store and retrieve large amounts of data from anywhere on the web.

  • Amazon S3 is often used in conjunction with EC2 for data storage purposes.
  • It is cost effective and faster.
  • You only pay for what you use.
  • Amazon S3 is great for storing and accessing media files ( image, audio, video, etc)
  • Backup – backup, archiving and disaster recovery is taken care by Amazon, so you don’t need to worry.
  • Access files from your other sites on the web.
  • You can store and access any amount of data inexpensively and securely

Amazon S3 is ideal for websites with static content ( html files, images, videos, java script etc).

Amazon EC2 is idle for dynamic websites with server-side scripting and database access.

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