Web Services () provides one of the most popular infrastructure as a service () cloud platforms around. Since 2006, has provided companies of all sizes with an infrastructure Web services platform in the cloud. With , users can requisition compute power, storage and other services, and gain access to a suite of elastic IT infrastructure services as their needs increase or decrease. In addition, gives developers the flexibility to choose whichever development platform or programming model makes the most sense for the problems they’re trying to solve. Users pay only for what they use, with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments, which makes a cost-effective way to deliver applications to customers and clients. also allows users to take advantage of .com’s global computing infrastructure that is the backbone of .com’s multibillion-dollar retail business and transactional enterprise—the scalable, reliable and secure distributed computing infrastructure that has been honed for more than a decade. Although AWS does not have a specific developer program, the company continues to offer new services and offerings that benefit developers. These include , Elastic Compute Cloud ( ), Amazon Relational Database Service and Amazon . Amazon celebrated its fifth birthday on Aug. 25. Here, eWEEK looks at the ways AWS makes it easier for developers as they move to the cloud.

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