Thursday, March 27, 2008

Amazon EC2 and S3 Simplified

Amazon S3 is known as Simple Storage Services. It lets web sites store images, videos, and other heavy content on an Amazon Storage Server. As per the video below which gives more simplified information on this service, when you use twitter, the image icons are pulled from Amazon Storage services. Now, what is Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) is a service that allows developers and startups, etc to build and provide their applications over a highly scalable server. The scalability increases with increase in number of requests. So basically S3 rents storage space and EC2 rents processing power. A set of services that can even let individual developers launch their applications at a cheap cost and high availability. Please view the video for more simplified description on these services and head on to Amazon for detailed information or to use it :)

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