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What is Amazon EC2?

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Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is the central part of Amazon Cloud Services; a cloud computing platform that allows users to rent virtual servers on which they can run their own applications.

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Traditionally, to set up a server for your company, you would be responsible for:

  • Cost of the server
  • Configuration of the server
  • Distribution of traffic
  • Allocation of resources
  • Privacy and security

When you use EC2, Amazon provides you with its service based on the “cloud computing model”. You can borrow a chunk of your desired size from their data centers on a “pay as you go” basis.

Key Benefits:

  • You don’t have to go through the hassle of managing your server(s).
  • You can shrink and expand the capacity of your instance whenever you want.
  • You can commit as many EC2 instances as you require!
  • Amazon provides you with flexible cloud hosting services like choosing the OS, memory and CPU configuration.
  • Extremely reliable and secure.

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