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AWS - Powerhouse of the cloud

So we talk about the 'cloud' a lot and explain it to our learners as using someone else's computer somewhere on the internet. We also talk about cloud services. But our real experience is often limited to consumer side use. We listen to music streamed from Spotify or Apple Music. We use Dropbox or OneDrive or iCloud of Google Drive to store files / share files or make backups. And so on, and so on. But do we really have an idea of what is involved in cloud computing, the type of services that are offered and who uses them on a B2B (business to business) level?

Whilst we may not have to teach this stuff (yet), it is probably a good idea to have a better than vague understanding of cloud computing than our learners do - and so we take a look at the example of AWS.

This week the news popped out an article talking about how Apple spends $30 Million a month on AWS (Amazon Web Services) to help power their iCloud offerings. They are not the only cloud services by using AWS.

AWS earned Amazon nearly $26 Billion in income last year.

What does AWS offer?

What other Cloud services rely on AWS?

Pinterest. Wix. Uber. Lyft. Netflix. Adobe. Ubisoft. Coursera. Smugmug. Even McDonalds (and many, many more!).

The long and the short of it is that a significant part of 'the cloud' uses and relies upon Amazon's hardware and services.

This issue's links:

  • Robots are already running your life

That's it for now. Have a good week!


A bag full of miscellany

This week there's a mishmash of news with no single strong clear theme running through it. So you get JABOL (Just a bunch of links). Enjoy!




  • Looking for a way to change up your classroom? How about some ways to teach programming / IT concepts without using computers? They say a change is as good as a holiday, and this might just be what your learners need.... Take a look at CS Unplugged (lesson plans etc all included).
  • Some cool IT cartoons...
  • TechCrunch explains cloud computing
  • XKCD comments about software security

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