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Mostly related to the technological offerings of Amazon, not the shopping experience or anything else they do.

"Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers." -


Determine if you are on an EC2 instance

grep -i '^ec2' /sys/hypervisor/uuid

Reformat accessKeys.csv into .aws/credentials format

awk -F, 'BEGIN { print "[temp_name]" ; } !/Access/ {print "aws_access_key_id = "$1"\naws_secret_access_key = "$2}' ~/Downloads/accessKeys.csv

See Also

Terms and Acronyms

Term Definition
AMI Amazon Machine Images
ASG Auto-Scaling Group. Auto Scaling can automatically increase the number of Amazon EC2 instances during demand spikes to maintain performance and decrease capacity during lulls to reduce costs.
AWS Amazon Web Services
AZ Data centers. Amazon Availability Zones.
EBS Elastic Block Storage. Provides persistent block-level storage volumes for EC2.
EC2 Elastic Compute Cloud
ELB Elastic Load Balancing
EMR Elastic MapReduce. Allows easily and cheap processing of vast amounts of data
ETS Elastic Transcoder. Provides video transcoding of S3 hosted videos
FPS Flexible Payments Service. Provides an interface for micro payments.
HSM Hardware Security Module
IAM Identity and Access Management enables you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users. Using IAM, you can create and manage AWS users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny their access to AWS resources.
KMS Key Management Service
MFA Amazon Web Services Multi-Factor Authentication is a simple best practice that adds an extra layer of protection on top of your user name and password.
RDS Relational Database Service
RI Reserved Instance. EC2 instances for which there is a 1 or 3 year contract with AWS to achieve lower hourly run costs.
Route 53 A highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service.
S3 Simple Storage Service
SES Simple Email Service. Provides bulk and transactional email sending.
SG Security Group. Security Groups in AWS are akin to firewalls.
SNS Simple Notification Service. Provides a hosted multiprotocol "push" messaging for applications.
SQS Simple Queue Service. Provides a hosted message queue for web applications.
SWF Simple Workflow. Workflow service for building scalable, resilient applications.
VPC Virtual Private Cloud