Amazon Web Services is a cloud storage global leader with 10 regions, 36 availability zones and more than 50 edge locations. Their solutions provide a bunch of benefits to any scale business owners. AWS offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application and deployment services that helps organizations move faster.
They can be divided into 7 product categories:
- compute and networking services (e.g. Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda)
- storage and content delivery services (e.g. Amazon S3, Amazon CloudFront)
- security and identity services (e.g. Access Management, Amazon Identity)
- database services (e.g. Amazon DynamoDB, )
- analytics services (e.g. Amazon EMR, Amazon Data Pipeline)
- application services (e.g. Amazon SNS, Amazon AppStream)
- management tools (e.g. Amazon CloudFormation, Amazon Config)
We’ve put together a list of some benefits that your business can take advantage of when you use AWS to manage your applications on the cloud:
One of the biggest advantages of using AWS is that there is no long-term contract or commitment to get lock into. Customers only have to pay hourly rate for consumed traffic by their services. Also, it is possible to terminate services at any time so you’re no longer billed. This is very helpful for businesses of all sizes who care about overpaying for something that doesn’t fit their needs.
Instead of setting up complex private infrastructure you can use Amazon features for:
- storing both public and private data,
- website hosting
- managing peak loads
- processing scientific and business data
Programming language, database, operating system and other assets – it’s all up to you so you can adjust your solutions to your team needs and requirements. It also provides a way to build a self-managing infrastructure aligned closely with the actual need based on your business traffic. In addition, most of the functionalities can be managed from user-friendly management console from where you can easily configure your project’s features in a couple of minutes.
AWS provides built-in, robust and ready to use security features that will make your storage safe at any time. Here are a few important advantages pointed by AWS team and even community:
- Data centres are staffed 24×7 by trained security guards, and access is authorized strictly on a least privileged basis
- Built-in firewall which allows for very specific access, from highly restrictive to public
- IAM services that track users access
- Ability to configure built-in firewall rules from totally public to completely private or somewhere in between to control access to instances.
AWS support removes for you the responsibilities and risks associated with housing internal I.T. infrastructure. It also reduces the need for I.T. support staff which means much less time and money spent in the long-term.
Even if there is no doubt that AWS is a global leader in cloud computing, there are also some limitations that every CEO should be aware of. Some of these limitations are obvious, but others are hidden and should be carefully considered before you get started. We are going to take a closer look at them.
AWS charges you for immediate support and you have to choose from 3 different packages:
Just to be clear, your monthly fee includes a limited amount of support, which mean increased monthly costs. The good thing is that you get help from dedicated tech support personnel. Here is a pricing snapshot:
- Developer: $29/month
- Business: Greater of $100 – or –
10% of monthly AWS usage for the first $0–$10K
7% of monthly AWS usage from $10K–$80K
5% of monthly AWS usage from $80K–$250K
3% of monthly AWS usage over $250K
- Enterprise: Greater of $15,000 – or –
10% of monthly AWS usage for the first $0–$150K
7% of monthly AWS usage from $150K–$500K
5% of monthly AWS usage from $500K–$1M
3% of monthly AWS usage over $1M
AWS sets default limits which vary depends on specific region. There are used to:
- Prevent you from spending too much money
- Protect the system itself from uncontrolled resource usage
To be honest most businesses don’t need that many resources. For those who don’t fit the limitations, AWS provides a way to increase it by sending a request, but keep in mind that you will have to pay larger fees.
Limitations are placed by default on several major resources which includes:
- EC2 Instance: Default Limit: 20 per region
- EBS Volume: Default Limit: 5,000 volumes or aggregate size of 20 TiB
- Elastic IP: Default Limit: 5 per region
- Elastic Load Balancer: Default Limit: 10
- High I/O Instance: Default Limit: 2
- Virtual Private Cloud: Default Limit: 5
General cloud issues
AWS does have general cloud computing problems when you move to a cloud such as downtime, limited control, and backup protection. That obviously might lead to a lot of worries. However, the entire cloud computing process already takes care of most of them so it’s more like a temporary issue.
Why is AWS a better choice comparing to developing own solution? The main reason is that Amazon provides a fast, flexible, secure, and budget-friendly solution for many businesses looking for a storage or application host. Also, it offers a bunch of ready-to-use functionalities which we will cover in the next blog posts!