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Definition: Amazon Web Services

A variety of cloud-based services from Amazon.com that developers use to deploy Web applications. Launched in 2002, the most notable Amazon Web Services (AWS) are its computing and storage offerings (see EC2 and S3 cloud storage). Amazon is the largest cloud computing provider.

In 2011, Amazon added a supercomputing service, offering a cluster of computers for performing intensive calculations (see Amazon Bracket). Amazon Web Services is a huge and very profitable business for the company. See Mechanical Turk, cloud computing and Amazon.com.