How Many AWS Services Are There?

A definitive answer… for the moment.

Ken Robbins
May 22, 2019 · 9 min read
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Careful what you wish for, there’s 5 pounds of candy inside. Can there be too much of a good thing? Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash
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Oops, explain this to your CEO. Photo by Andreas Dress on Unsplash

What do we count?

Before we answer the question “how many services does AWS offer?” we first need to decide what we are counting. It turns out, the count is relative to your context and what you want to know, and there are several dimensions that we can use for our counting. I’ll show a set of four dimensions (there are more) below so you can pick which ever matches your interests.

Namespaces

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Will this continue as exponential growth or turn into an S-curve soon? Updated: January 2020

Products

“169 shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be 169.”

Well, maybe, but what if we look at the number of services that we can select via the console?

Console

“I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself.” — Clint Eastwood — Dirty Harry

The Union Set

Comparison to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

Conclusion

Having just the right tool to optimally solve a problem can save a great deal of time, reduce downstream maintenance, enable greater agility, and ultimately deliver more value faster and cheaper. Since there is a vast variety of common problem elements across millions of solutions, it stands to reason that increasing the number of tools available will increase the number of opportunities to match a problem with a better tool and reap the benefits. The tradeoff is that to gain the value of reuse across the exponentially growing number of AWS services, we need to be able to find, learn, and understand our palette of options so we can bring them to bear when and where needed.

Services by namespace counting: 149

Services by product listing counting: 169

Services with dedicated console URLs: 140

Bottom line union count of all services and tools: 250

January 2020 update:

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250 shall be the number thou shalt count… at least for a few more weeks

“Right! One… two… five!” — King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

About Cloud Pegboard

Cloud Pegboard helps AWS practitioners be highly effective and efficient even in the face of the tremendous complexity and rate of change of AWS services. We want to keep AWS fun and feel more like dancing in a sprinkler on a hot summer day and less like being blasted with a firehose. We make the AWS information you need amazingly easy to access, and with personalization features, we help you stay up to date on the AWS services and capabilities that are important to you and your specific projects.

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Ken Robbins

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I’m the founder of CloudPegboard.com a powerful tool for any AWS practitioner trying to keep up with the complexity and rate of change of AWS services.

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Get the most out of AWS with practical and detailed stories from others’ experiences

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