AWS Cape Town Lauched for Africa Continent
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding its global footprint with the opening of the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region. The new infrastructure meets the highest levels of security, availability, compliance, and data protection.
Developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations, can start using the new AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region to better serve communities, expand education and remote learning, achieve scientific breakthroughs, and experiment freely.
Brief History of AWS
The AWS platform was launched in July 2002. In its early stage, the platform consisted of only a few disparate tools and services.
Then in late 2003, the AWS concept was publicly reformulated by Chris Pinkham and Benjamin Black when they presented a paper describing a vision for Amazon’s retail computing infrastructure that was completely standardized, completely automated, and would rely extensively on web services for services such as storage and would draw on internal work already underway.
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Amazon Web Services was officially re-launched on March 14, 2006, combining the three initial service offerings of Amazon S3 cloud storage, Simple Queue Service (SQS), and EC2.
The AWS platform finally provided an integrated suite of core online services to other developers, web sites, client-side applications, and companies.
Amazon S3 (one of the first and most scalable elements of AWS) “helps free developers from worrying about where they are going to store data, whether it will be safe and secure, if it will be available when they need it, the costs associated with server maintenance, or whether they have enough storage available.
Amazon S3 enables developers to focus on innovating with data, rather than figuring out how to store it.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2, is a virtual cloud computers, which allows users to have at their disposal a virtual cluster of computers, available all the time, through the Internet.
AWS’s version of virtual computers emulate most of the attributes of a real computer, including hardware central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) for processing; local/RAM memory; hard-disk/SSD storage; a choice of operating systems; networking; and pre-loaded application software such as web servers, databases, and customer relationship management (CRM).
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The AWS technology is implemented at server farms throughout the world, and maintained by the Amazon subsidiary. Fees are based on a combination of usage (known as a “Pay-as-you-go” model), the hardware/OS/software/networking features chosen by the subscriber, required availability, redundancy, security, and service options.
Subscribers can pay for a single virtual AWS computer, a dedicated physical computer, or clusters of either. As part of the subscription agreement, Amazon provides security for subscribers’ systems.
All services are billed based on usage, but each service measures usage in varying ways. As of 2017, AWS owns a dominant 34% of all cloud (IaaS, PaaS) while the next three competitors Microsoft, Google, and IBM have 11%, 8%, 6% respectively according to Synergy Group.
In 2014, AWS launched its partner network entitled APN (AWS Partner Network) which is focused on helping AWS-based companies grow and scale the success of their business with close collaboration and best practices.
To support industry-wide training and skills standardization, AWS began offering a certification program for computer engineers, on April 30, 2013, to highlight expertise in cloud computing.
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To learn more about components of an AWS Region, visit the AWS Global Infrastructure page. For a complete list of AWS services available, visit the AWS Region Table page. To start using the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region, sign up for an