Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage.

More than 100 services comprise the Amazon Web Services portfolio, including those for compute, databases, infrastructure management, application development and security.

Operational efficiency and reducing costs continue to be critical issues for IT leaders.

  • Overspending on hardware and storage capacity
    IT leaders want to be able to ensure high-availability during periodic and seasonal peaks, but that often requires an over investment in infrastructure to ensure capacity can meet demand.
  • Business leaders want IT to help preserve cash
    Capability of hardware and software increases rapidly, making large, up-front capital investments in assets that quickly become outdated does not make good business sense.
  • Cost Effective
    Consume only the amount of compute, storage and other IT resources needed. No long-term commitment, minimum spend or up-front investment is required.
  • Elastic and Scalable
    Quickly add and subtract resources to applications to meet customer demand and manage costs. Avoid provisioning resources up-front for projects with variable consumption rates or short lifetimes.
  • Flexible
    Use familiar architectures, databases, operating systems and programming languages. Improve overall productivity and time to market without the need for IT to learn new skills.
  • Security
    AWS builds and delivers its services in accordance with the industry’s highest and stric security best practices. AWS conducts regular and thorough audits to demonstrate the security of its infrastructure.

4 ways Amazon Web Services (AWS) gives you a competitive edge

Compute

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides virtual servers called instances for compute capacity. The EC2 service offers dozens of instance types with varying capacities and sizes, tailored to specific workload types and applications, such as memory-intensive and accelerated-computing jobs.

Storage

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides scalable object storage for data backup, archival and analytics. An IT professional stores data and files as S3 objects — which can range up to 5 GB — inside S3 buckets to keep them organized. A business can save money with S3 through its Infrequent Access storage tier or use Amazon Glacier for long-term cold storage.

Databases, data management

AWS provides managed database services through its Amazon Relational Database Service, which includes options for Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB and a proprietary high-performance database called Amazon Aurora. AWS offers managed NoSQL databases through Amazon DynamoDB.

Migration, hybrid cloud

AWS includes various tools and services designed to help users migrate applications, databases, servers and data onto its public cloud. The AWS Migration Hub provides a location to monitor and manage migrations from on premises to the cloud. Once in the cloud, EC2 Systems Manager helps an IT team configure on-premises servers and AWS instances.

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