AWS Service Names Cheat Sheet

There are many names, use Ctrl / Cmd + F to search. Get to know and familiarize yourself with these names will sometimes help you get through some questions in certification exams, especially when you were only intimidated by a service you don’t recognize (this happens frequently for Solution Architect Professional exams).

  • EC2 = Virtual Machines
    • AMI = VM Images
  • VPC = Virtual Networks that Resides in a Region
  • S3 = File Store
    • Glacier = File Archive
    • Snowball = Hard Drive to Transfer Data Because Internet Is Not Quick Enough
    • Snowball Edge = Standalone Mini-Cloud You Can Take to Where AWS Is Not Present (Yet)
    • Snowball Mobile = A Truck Full of Snowballs to Transfer All Your Data Assets
  • DynamoDB = Serverless NoSQL Database
  • RDS = Managed Relational Database
    • Aurora = Cloud-native Database Compatible with MySQL / PostgreSQL
  • Neptune = Managed Graph Database
  • DMS = Managed Database Migration, Syncing and Schema Conversion
  • Beanstalk = PaaS
  • CloudFront = CDN with AWS Service Integrations
  • CloudTrail = Service API Logging
  • CloudWatch = Metrics & Application Logging
  • ElastiCache = Managed Redis / Memcached
  • EBS = SAN
  • EFS = NAS
  • FSx = NAS for Windows
  • Storage Gateway = A File Server Backed By S3
  • ECS = Managed Docker Image Store
  • ECS = Managed Docker Runtime Clusters
  • EKS = Managed K8s Master Nodes
  • EventBridge = Event Bus for AWS and SaaS Services
  • CodeCommit = Managed Source Code Store
  • CodeBuild = Serverless Build Service
  • CodeDeploy = Managed Deployment Service
  • CodePipeline = Managed CI Pipeline
  • Fargate = Serverless ECS and EKS
  • IAM = Account & Permissions
  • X-ray = Application Performance Monitoring
  • SQS = Serverless Message Queue
  • Kinesis = Message Queue
    • Kinesis Data Stream = Message Queue
    • Kinesis Firehose = Message Queue that Save to Files
  • Redshift = Managed Data Warehouse based on PostgreSQL
  • Route 53 = DNS with AWS Service Integrations
  • Athena = Serverless Presto
  • Glue = Serverless SparkSQL
  • Lambda = Serverless Programming Runtime / FaaS
  • API Gateway = Serverless API Gateway
  • SMS = Agentless Server Migration
  • Direct Connect = Dedicated Connection
  • AppSync = Managed GraphQL
  • WorkSpaces = Desktop-as-a-Service
  • CloudFormation = Infrastructure as Code
  • Config = Resource Configuration Monitoring
  • Personal Health Dashboard = Monitor Status of Services That Will Impact You
  • Cognito = Managed OpenID Provider & User Info Store & Facebook / Google / Amazon ID Integration
  • Directory Service = Managed Active Directory
  • KMS = Key Management & Operations
  • SageMaker = Managed Jupyter Notebook
  • IoT
    • FreeRTOS = IoT Operating System
    • Greengrass = OS