Welcome to the first chapter of this book, Implementing Cloud Design Patterns for AWS, Second Edition. After a brief history of the development of the cloud and the part that AWS plays in it, we'll look into the Amazon philosophy. An exploration of some of its most well-known customers will give us a platform to dive into the reasons why it's a good choice for your product development effort. We'll survey the service offerings from AWS and create a trial account, which you can use to develop your products.
This chapter will briefly cover the following topics:
- Introduction to AWS
- Utility computing
- Categories of service offerings
- Benefits of moving to the cloud