Amazon Terminology

Amazon Terminology

Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

A supported and maintained Linux provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It is designed to provide a stable, secure, and high performance execution environment for applications running on Amazon EC2. It also includes several packages that enable easy integration with AWS, including launch configuration tools and many popular AWS libraries and tools. Amazon Web Services also provides ongoing security and maintenance updates to all instances running the Amazon AMI.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Cloud platform, used to provide and host a family of services, such as RDS, S3, EC2, DynamoDB.

AWS Console

The user interface Amazon has built around the available services offered. Within the AWS Console, there are sub-consoles for individual services (EC2, S3, RDS, CloudFront, DynamoDB, etc.)

AWS Marketplace

Storefront for commercial AMIs provided and managed by Amazon, which bills customer for usage and keeps a percentage of sales proceeds.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to create multiple users and manage the permissions for each of these users within your AWS Account. A user is an identity within your AWS account with unique security credentials that can be used to access AWS Services. IAM eliminates the need to share passwords or access keys, and makes it easy to enable or disable a user’s access as appropriate.

CloudFormation (CF)

AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion.

Marketplace AMI

An AMI that is distributed through the AWS Marketplace.

Public AMI

AMI configured as public by any Amazon user, and listed in everyone's AWS EC2 console AMI area.

RDS

Amazon's Relational Database Service, which makes it easy to run MySQL, Oracle, or SQL Server database servers in the cloud. The servers are managed, upgraded, and backed up by Amazon.

Stack

A collection of AWS resources you create and delete as a single unit

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