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What is the public cloud these days and how does AWS fits into the public cloud arena in the areas of infrastructure and development, namely IaaS and PaaS?

This chapter excerpt looks at how NIST has defined the public cloud and how AWS fits into NIST’s definition; in most cases the initial NIST definition has morphed into a standard, followed by most corporations that have moved to the AWS cloud.

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This chapter excerpt includes the following topics:

  • Defining the public cloud

  • Where AWS fits with IaaS and platform as a service (PaaS)

  • Characteristics of cloud computing according to NIST

  • Considerations for migrating applications to AWS

  • Operational benefits for operating in the cloud

  • The cloud service-level agreement (SLA)

  • Data, application, and network security at AWS

  • Compliance at AWS

  • AWS Well-Architected Framework

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