IDG Contributor Network: AWS is Intimidating—but not in the way you think it is

AWS has hundreds of services with thousands of new functions and features added in just the last year alone. Pricing that is fiendishly complex and difficult to predict. Finally, add a portal that is just as complicated, and you have got the 800-pound gorilla of the cloud business. But you do have a choice. Ready to go swimming?

It’s hard to believe that when AWS got started back in 2006 all it offered was storage: yes, just the Simple Storage Service or S3. It shortly added Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Elastic Block Storage (EBS). AWS originally focused on developers in enterprises with these seemingly simple choices that took some time to master and importantly you were not sure of what your final cost would be because of volume related I/O charges. 

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