A 10,000-Feet overview of AWS and its resources — Part 2

Hi everyone! This is Yashvardhan and here, is the second part of the two-part article series about AWS and a plethora of its resources.

Although Part 1 is not a pre-requisite to Part 2 but still I highly encourage you to give Part 1 a read, here, otherwise you might miss out on knowledge about a lot of other resources of AWS.

So, I am going to be writing about the following three categories of AWS resources:

  • Management Tools

Management Tools

AWS provides a variety of tools that help organizations manage your AWS resources.

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatchn is a monitoring service for AWS Cloud resources and the applications running on AWS. It allows organizations to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log file, and set alarms. By leveraging Amazon CloudWatch, organizations can gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health.

AWS CloudFormation

AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an effective way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion. AWS CloudFormation defines a JSON-based templating language that can be used to describe all the AWS resources that are necessary for a workload. Templates can be submitted to AWS CloudFormation and the service will take care of provisioning and configuring those resources in appropriate order.

AWS CloudTrail

AWS CloudTrail is a web service that records AWS API calls for an account and delivers log files for audit and review. The recorded information includes the identity of the API caller, the time of the API call, the source IP address of the API caller, the request parameters, and the response elements returned by the service.

AWS Config

AWS Config is a fully managed service that provides organizations with an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance. With AWS Config, organizations can discover existing AWS resources, export an inventory of their AWS resources with all configuration details, and determine how a resource was configured at any point in time. These capabilities enable compliance auditing, security analysis, resource change tracking, and troubleshooting.

Security and Identity

AWS provides security and identity services that help organizations secure their data and systems on the cloud.

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables organizations to securely control access to AWS Cloud services and resources for their users. Using IAM, organizations can create and manage AWS users and groups and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.

AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for organizations to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt their data and uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to protect the security of your keys. AWS KMS is integrated with several other AWS Cloud services to help protect data stored with these services.

AWS Directory Service

AWS Directory Service allows organizations to set up and run Microsoft Active Directory on the AWS Cloud or connect their AWS resources with an existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory. Organizations can use it to manage users and groups, provide single sign-on to applications and services, create and apply Group Policies, domain join Amazon EC2 instances, and simplify the deployment and management of cloud-based Linux and Microsoft
Windows workloads.

AWS Certificate Manager

AWS Certificate Manager is a service that lets organizations easily provision, manage, and deploy Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates for use with AWS Cloud services. It removes the time-consuming manual process of purchasing, uploading, and renewing SSL/TLS certificates. With AWS Certificate Manager, organizations can quickly request a certificate, deploy it on AWS resources such as Elastic Load Balancing or Amazon CloudFront distributions, and let AWS Certificate Manager handle certificate renewals.

AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF)

AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) helps protect web applications from common attacks and exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources. AWS WAF gives organizations control over which traffic to allow or block to their web applications by defining customizable web security rules.

Application Services

AWS provides a variety of managed services to use with applications.

Amazon API Gateway

Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management. Organizations can create an API that acts as a “front door” for applications to access data, business logic, or functionality from back-end services, such as workloads running on Amazon EC2, code running on AWS Lambda, or any web application.

Amazon Elastic Transcoder

Amazon Elastic Transcoder is media transcoding in the cloud. It is designed to be a highly scalable and cost-effective way for developers and businesses to convert (or transcode) media files from their source formats into versions that will play back on devices like smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)

Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a web service that coordinates and manages the delivery or sending of messages to recipients. In Amazon SNS, there are two types of clients — publishers and subscribers — also referred to as producers and consumers. Publishers communicate asynchronously with subscribers by producing and sending a message to a topic, which is a logical access point and communication channel. Subscribers consume or receive the message or notification over one of the supported protocols when they are subscribed to the topic.

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES)

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a cost-effective email service that organizations can use to send transactional email, marketing messages, or any other type of content to their customers. Amazon SES can also be used to receive messages and deliver them to an Amazon S3 bucket, call custom code via an AWS Lambda function, or publish notifications to Amazon SNS.

Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF)

Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF) helps developers build, run, and scale background jobs that have parallel or sequential steps. Amazon SWF can be thought of as a fully managed state tracker and task coordinator on the cloud. In common architectural patterns, if your application’s steps take more than 500 milliseconds to complete, it is vitally important to track the state of processing and to provide the ability to recover or retry if a task fails. Amazon SWF helps organizations achieve this reliability.

Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)

Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) is a fast, reliable, scalable, fully managed message queuing service. Amazon SQS makes it simple and cost effective to decouple the components of a cloud application. With Amazon SQS, organizations can transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.


If you have reached till here, thank you and congratulations, now you know about AWS and a plethora of services offered by AWS. Now, you already know more about AWS than 70% of the people who claim to know. Kidding, I just made up that number XD. But honestly, now you have a great foundational knowledge to start learning about any AWS resource or even start to integrate multiple AWS services together.

So, I hope you understood everything. Still, if you face any problem/doubt regarding this article or life XD, feel totally free to contact me.

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