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SQS stands for simple queue service, which is essentially a messaging queue. It allows you to manage the load on the server while still pushing the data to where it needs to go.


An Elastic IP address is a static IP address designed for dynamic cloud computing. With an Elastic IP address, you can mask the failure of an instance or software by rapidly remapping the address to another instance in your account.


ELB stands for Elastic Load Balancers. These are used when you are expecting a huge spike of traffic to your website (say from a TV ad) and they allow you to balance the traffic across several servers to as to no overwhelm your single server.

Route 53

Route 53 is Amazon’s DNS service. It allows you to point where certain URL’s are supposed to be. Leveraging Route 53 on Amazon is beneficial because Amazon has incredible uptime and is typically very reliable.


Cloudfront is Amazon’s CDN, also known as content distribution network. It makes it such that your data loads fast since it’s distributed across Amazon’s network as opposed to all being pulled from a single server.


Amazon’s S3 is essentially a cloud storage solution. You can store images, files, or anything else that needs to be readily accessed in the cloud.


RDS stands for relational database services. What does that translate to? Distributed databases, that’s what. These can be used for x, y, and z.


EC2 stands for elastic cloud compute, which essentially means virtual servers. Within AWS, one can spin up virtual servers for a variety of business purposesĀ in a matter of seconds.