Cloud Computing: Understand What AWS Is and How It Works

A cloud computing has become very popular in recent years, as it allows several companies to store their websites and data in the digital environment without having to make a high investment to acquire servers and local equipment.

In short, it works like an online memory, in which companies pay a monthly or annual fee to host their systems. Currently, the service is offered by large companies in the world, such as Amazon through the Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Amazon Web Services was launched in 2006 and quickly became popular around the world, having raised an estimated $1.57 billion in the first three months of 2015. (Unsplash/Playback)Amazon Web Services was launched in 2006 and quickly became popular around the world, having raised around $1.57 billion in the first 3 months of 2015. (Unsplash/Playback)Source: Unsplash

The North American company’s platform has become the market leader offering more than 200 data center services in various locations around the world. Among its clients are private and public institutions, including the Federal Government, which uses AWS to store the systems of various agencies in the country, such as the Ministry of Health, the General Controllership of the Union (CGU), among others.

The great success of AWS lies mainly in the range of functionality available to the brand’s customers. In addition to enabling data storage, it is also possible to build websites, applications, software and systems for the company’s operation.

AWS: How does the Amazon service work?

AWS has a strong presence in Brazil, having large companies and states of the country as its customers.  (Amazon/Play)AWS has a strong presence in Brazil, having large companies and states of the country as its customers. (Amazon/Play)Fonte:  Amazon

To provide the service to its customers, Amazon concentrates in several locations around the world, the company’s physical facilities with servers and technological equipment. Thus, by offering its services, the company is “renting” a part of its capacity to process data, allowing its customers to maintain their business only in the digital field.

The brand’s developers are constantly innovating, creating and providing even more functionality for managing and building systems within AWS. According to the brand’s website, in 2014 Amazon launched a space called AWS Lambda, where it allowed its customers to run code without having to store data on its servers. This made the platform even more dynamic and faster, without losing the quality or security offered.

Among the main features available are Amazon Aurora, which consists of an advanced commercial database and the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, which allows the control and creation of virtual environments.

To access Amazon services, you must enter the platform’s website, clicking here, and create an AWS account. Through the page, it is also possible to have access to training to learn how to use all the tools available.

In addition, users have access to advanced support that is available 24 hours a day to answer questions and solve possible problems that may arise during use.

Cloud computing: what happens in case of instability?

In 2017, cyber attacks made Brazil lose US$ 22 billion.  (Unsplash/Playback)In 2017, cyber attacks made Brazil lose US$ 22 billion. (Unsplash/Playback)Source: Unsplash

Service instability, caused by failures or hacker invasions, has become increasingly common in the connected world we live in. They make services of extreme importance to society unavailable, which can bring great financial losses to organizations, harming thousands of people.

Recently, we followed the Ministry of Health systems being attacked, which made the vaccination data of millions of people disappear, directly impacting the ConectSUS application.

The damage from the attack took weeks to recover, so many people were unable to generate their proof of vaccination through the platform.

Shortly thereafter, the news also focused on data in the systems of the Federal Highway Police (PRF) and the Federal Institute of Paraná (IFPR), which were also targets of hackers.

These and other examples are drawing attention to the need for greater investment in cybersecurity by companies and public managers, as attackers are able to overcome barriers considered to be secure.

In the case of AWS, with all the agencies mentioned above as customers, Amazon is responsible for ensuring the security of its servers, offering a stable environment so that its customers can enjoy the features offered. However, the way data is processed and stored is the responsibility of each one for security, and it is necessary to invest in state-of-the-art systems for all devices used to access the platform.

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