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Discover the AWS Service Categories

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the different AWS service categories.
  • List examples of services included in various AWS service categories.

Global Cloud Based Options

AWS offers many services for building or expanding your cloud environment, ranging from compute, storage, networking, and databases, to game tech and robotics. These services are designed to help you move faster, lower IT costs, and scale. You can use the service stand-alone, or combine them to create a custom solution that meets your needs.

There are over 165 AWS services, organized into service categories. Here is a quick introduction.

A full list of AWS services categories: Analytics, Application Integration, AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality), AWS Cost Management, Blockchain, Business Applications, Compute, Customer Engagement, Database, Developer Tools, End User Computing, Game Tech, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Management & Governance, Media Services, Migration & Transfer, Mobile, Networking & Content Delivery, Robotics, Satellite, Security, Identity & Compliance, and Storage

Key AWS Service Categories

Service Category
Service Examples
Compute services are the processing power needed to run your application. The AWS compute portfolio provides tools to develop, deploy, run, and scale your applications in the AWS Cloud.
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS Fargate
  • AWS Lambda
Storage is one of the core building blocks of AWS. These services hold the information used by your applications. They provide reliable, scalable, and secure options to store, transmit, and back up your data.
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
  • Amazon S3 Glacier
Networking & Content Delivery
Your network is the foundation of your infrastructure. AWS Networking & Content Delivery services are used to support your content delivery network, such as virtual private cloud, direct connections, and load balancing needs.
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon CloudFront
Database services range from relational databases that are easy to set up and operate, to NoSQL databases built for higher demand and low latency—AWS offers a solution for all database needs.
  • Amazon Aurora
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
Analytics services enable you to transform raw data into meaningful information. They help you collect, visualize, and analyze your data to get the answers you need to run your business.
  • Amazon Athena
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Amazon Kinesis
AWS Cost Management
Use these services to access information about your costs and usage, organize your costs across business lines, understand cost drivers and usage trends, set budgets, and optimize your AWS usage.
  • AWS Cost Explorer
  • AWS Budgets
  • AWS Cost and Usage Report
Management & Governance
This category includes end-to-end IT lifecycle management—control and secure your environment, reduce costs, simplify compliance, and enhance operational efficiency.
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS CloudTrail
  • AWS Trusted Advisor
Migration & Transfer
AWS offers services for migrating any workload­—application, website, database, storage, physical or virtual server (or even an entire data center) to AWS.
  • AWS Database Migration Service
  • AWS Snowball
  • AWS DataSync
Security, Identity & Compliance
These services provide tools to achieve compliance and protect your infrastructure and data from both internal and external threats and exposures.
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Amazon Inspector
  • AWS Shield
  • AWS Security Hub

Want to learn more? Check out the resources below to explore the AWS services in more detail. In the next unit, you learn about the components that make up the AWS Global Infrastructure.


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