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Commonly used AWS Services

Commonly used AWS Services#

This fix shows a few common AWS services and similar other services you may have worked with outside of the public cloud


  • MSK (Apache Kafka) - Managed Service for Apache Kafka


  • EC2 - Virtual machines (vmware vcloud director, digital ocean droplets, virtual private servers)
  • Lambda - Serverless


  • ECR (Elastic Container Registry) - container registry (vmware harbor, docker registry)
  • ECS (Elastic Container Service) -
  • EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) - downstream kubernetes (rancher rke, openshift okd, vmware tanzu, minikube)


  • DynamoDB - Managed NoSQL (MongoDB, Cassandra, CouchDB but managed)
  • Amazon RDS - Relation Database Service (Mysql, Postgres, Sqlite)

Developer Tools#

  • CodeBuild - Build and Test Code (Jenkins, Gitlab CI)

Management and Governance#

  • Cloudwatch - Monitor resources, applications and do logging (elasticsearch, LibreNMS, Mmonit, elastalert, rsyslog, grafana loki)
  • CloudFormation (CFN) - Create and manage resources with templates - (terraform)
  • ControlTower - Manage a Multi-account environment
  • Service Catalog - Create and use standardised products (foreman, terraform, ansible)

Networking and Content Delivery#

  • Route 53 - DNS and Domain registration (Your DNS manager, PowerDNS)

Migration and Transfer#

  • AWS Transfer Family - File transfers with SFTP, FTPS and FTP (OpenSSH)
  • Database MIgration Service - Managed Database Migration Service


  • S3 - Storage in the cloud (Minio, dropbox, CDN provider)

Load Balancing#

  • ELB (Elastic Load Balancer) - A subservice of EC2

Security, Identity and Compliance#

  • Secrets Manager (Easily rotate, manage and retrieve secrets) - Hashicorp vault

Other Things#

  • Transit Gateway - Used as a hub connecting many VPCs (virtual private clouds) and on-premises networks