Getting Started with Amazon AWS
AWS services or capabilities described in AWS documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with Amazon AWS.

What Is Amazon AWS?

Amazon AWS is the implementation of Amazon Web Services in the Beijing and Ningxia (China) Regions. Directly connected to domestic telecommunication networks, it's designed to provide the infrastructure and network services necessary to support AWS technology.

Amazon AWS provides computing resources and services that you can use to quickly and cost-effectively build applications. For example, you can rent a virtual server on Amazon AWS that you can connect to, configure, secure, and run just as you would a physical server. But the virtual server runs on top of a global network managed by AWS, and you pay for your virtual server only while it runs. Backed by Amazon AWS, your virtual server can do things no physical server can, such as automatically scaling into multiple servers when demand increases.

Using Amazon AWS to build your Internet application is like purchasing electricity from a power company instead of running your own generator, and it provides many of the same benefits: capacity exactly matches need; you pay only for what you use; economies of scale result in lower costs; and the service is provided by a vendor experienced in running large-scale networks.

You can run nearly anything on Amazon AWS that you would run on physical hardware: websites, applications, databases, mobile apps, email campaigns, distributed data analysis, and media storage. The services are designed to work together so that you can build complete solutions, and many of the most utilized AWS products are available in the China Regions.

The following topics will help you get started with Amazon AWS.