Companies continue to adapt to the cloud, options for cloud-based services and platforms continue to proliferate, and few options meet as broad a range of business needs as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Running your applications on AWS can help you move faster, operate more securely, and save substantial costs, all while benefitting from the scale and performance of the cloud. We rounded up eight of the awesome benefits that you can take advantage of when you use AWS.
From our experience of deploying cloud services, setting up AWS is not intimidating at all. Getting started with AWS is simple, and can be customized for a wide variety of business verticals. In addition we offer documentation and tutorials for running a virtual server, storing files, deploying and/or hosting a website, running a database, and more. The AWS Management Console enables end users to manage software simply and intuitively, with a command line interface and APIs.
The cost-effectiveness of AWS is well known across enterprises. Reducing overheads on IT infrastructure and money spent on related technology resources with AWS is based on robust performance and productivity-increasing benefits. Its ensured that your enterprise can start to achieve returns of the cloud without having to invest much upfront. And the beauty of AWS is that you pay only for what you use, with no long-term contracts.
The pay-as-you-go model and existing infrastructure of AWS means that you’ll be able to take advantage of nearly unlimited scalability. No, really. Netflix uses AWS. If that’s not a good enough benchmark, know that AWS adds more capacity every day.
As your organization grows and changes, services and resources can be quickly added and subtracted. Overall cost to the individual business is less variable than with other models, because you’re using the service in aggregate with a huge existing customer base.
Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean less security. That’s a fallacy. But neither is the cloud perfectly safe. Don’t trust anyone who tells you it is. The best you can do is mitigate your risks, and Amazon has done quite a bit of risk mitigation. With AWS’s security model, you’re not outsourcing every security decision. Whether you’re a single user or a large enterprise, AWS provides the same world-class security.
Working in the cloud doesn’t automatically prevent downtime, but as a consumer you can have a reasonable expectation of high performance and minimal issues. AWS topped Google and Microsoft in terms of cloud uptime in 2015, and consistently delivers on their SLA guarantee of 99.95% uptime.
Whether you’re migrating from another cloud service or simply reorganizing your organization’s IT infrastructure, you have choice and flexibility with AWS. You’ll benefit from being able to use the operating system, programming language, database, and other software and services that work best for your environment. This flexibility will help you deploy faster and maintain agility over time. Other advantages like scalability and cost all tie in to the overall flexible nature of AWS.
Scalability, flexibility, security, and cost-effectiveness are considerable value adds to your enterprise, but there’s certainly more AWS features in store. These features enable enterprise efficiency and productivity to increase. Improved performance and faster deployment of applications with AWS indicates that end users are more efficient at their jobs, boosting productivity levels.
With the central theme of AWS being that IT becomes extremely consistent as an ally to your enterprise such that strategic, higher-level projects can be provided extra attention, and routine daily tasks occur seamlessly.