Any good developer has to start with an environment for their work.  These requirements can be an expensive obstacle to overcome.  However, Amazon has made their extensive network and resources available to all of us.  There is a cost, of course, but it is easy to scale.  They even have a free tier of services.

Your Personal Data Center

The suite of services provided by Amazon called Amazon Web Services is often called AWS.  These offerings cover dozens of needs of modern developers.  Better yet, these tools are easy to use and secure by default.  This topic is a great place to start your development roadmap.  It is also where any company should turn as they are being launched.  This episode looks at some of the essential first steps and features to review so that a secure foundation can be built.

The Free Tier

The bulk of the services and usage of AWS are not free.  The costs vary on a sliding scale based on usage.  Thus, even the highest end services are made affordable.  However, we do also touch on the free tier.  This label is what Amazon uses to designate limits and time frames where there is no cost for using their services.  This is an excellent way to try out features and also keep your costs low during development.

Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a lifetime learner as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is the founder of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences and a few about becoming a better developer. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although they have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax or working on his ballroom dance skills.

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