EC2: The AWS Compute Service

Have you ever thought about working remotely from anywhere in the world? It’s fascinating, isn’t? Amazon EC2 makes it possible. Amazon EC2 allows you to work from anywhere, including your home. You don’t have to worry about managing the hardware or any other aspects of IT.

AWS offers a wide range of services such as compute, storage and database, migration, network, management tool, media services, security and business productivity. The compute capacity category includes EC2.
This article will provide more information about AWS EC2 services.
What is EC2? The AWS Compute Service
Amazon EC2 (or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) is a web service that makes developers’ lives easier by providing cloud computing resources that are secure and scalable. EC2 lets users rent virtual machines, also known as virtual machines, on which they can run their computer applications.
Amazon lets you connect your hardware to virtual machines that you can use to execute your apps.
It is easy to scale up or down our infrastructure based upon demand using EC2. This service can be easily linked to almost all of Amazon’s services. The best part is that we only pay what we use.
Benefits of EC2
Here are some of the benefits of using EC2.
AWS EC2 doesn’t require hardware components, hardware management or physical hardware provisioning.
It is easy to scale up or down your infrastructure to meet demand.
The EC2 service is compatible with almost all Amazon services.
We don’t have to make a commitment upfront and we only pay what we use.
It can be accessed from anywhere in the world, just like any other cloud service.
Users have full control over their own destiny.
It offers a wide variety of operating systems to choose.
It speeds up the deployment process of new servers.

The AWS Compute Service: Components of EC2
Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), are virtual networks you can create that are conceptually separated from other AWS clouds and can optionally connect with your own network.
Examples: They are virtual computing environments.
Amazon Machine Images (AMIs: These are pre-configured templates that you can use to bundle the components of your instance.
Amazon EBS volumes: These are Amazon Elastic Block Store-based persistent storage volume volumes for your data.
Types of instances: These are the various CPU, memory, storage, networking, and other configurations that you have for your instances.
Key pairs: They provide secure login details for your instances.
Instance store volumes are temporary data storage volumes. They are deleted when your instance is terminated, hibernated or stopped.
Security Groups: Security Groups allow you to decide which protocols, ports and source IP ranges can be accessed by your instances.
To get a complete overview of AWS Security Groups, you can refer to the following link:

Elastic IP addresses are static IPv4 addresses that can be used for cloud computing.
Tags: These are metadata you can add to your Amazon EC2 resources.
Regions and availability zones: These are physical locations for resources such as instances or Amazon EBS volumes.
How does EC2 work
EC2 is extremely easy to set up and use. The first step in EC2 setup is to create or choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). This includes an operating system, customized applications, and customizations. The AMI is then uploaded into Amazon Simple Storage Service, (S3) and registered with EC2. Customers can launch virtual machines whenever it suits them.
AWS creates a server for you automatically, rather than providing a physical one.