Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that enables you to launch and manage Linux/UNIX and Windows server instances in Amazon's data centers. You can get started with Amazon EC2 by following the tasks shown in the following diagram. You'll primarily use the AWS Management Console, a point-and-click web-based interface.
This guide walks you through launching and connecting to your first Amazon EC2 instance. To start, click the following Get Started button.