Monday, 7 May 2018

5 reasons why AWS rules!

5 Reasons Why AWS Rules

In this article, we will look at 5 reasons why AWS is the place to go for all your cloud services. Read on to find out more!
Cloud computing has evolved a lot over the years and has almost become a mainstream part of everyday society. From storing large amounts of data to having burst compute capacity at your fingertips and enterprise software applications available on demand any time anywhere, these are just some of the key benefits that clouds provide today. At the forefront of this new way of computing is Amazon Web Services (AWS).
AWS is a comprehensive public cloud computing platform made up of remote computing services called web services that make up the platform. Once a part of the e-commerce giant, it wasn't until 2006 that AWS became a separate entity of its own.
With data centers located in USA, Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, China, and Australia, AWS operates globally to offer a variety of web-based products and services on an on-demand and pay-per-use basis. AWS provides a variety of mechanisms which end users can connect to and leverage its services. The most common form of interaction is the web-based dashboard, AWS Management Console.

5 reasons that keep AWS on top

AWS boasts an array of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities, with a diverse customer base and a strong network of software vendors who have integrated their solutions with AWS. Here is our list of top 5 reasons why AWS rules the cloud market:
Deployment Speed
We all have gone through the pain of long wait for provisioning a hosted web service. However, AWS shrinks this waiting time from hours to mere minutes. With multiple strategies for infrastructure provisioning ranging from Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, and Amazon S3 to Amazon RDS, AWS offers promptness and quick availability as well as greater flexibility to deploy your website or application.
AWS also enables automation in its deployment services, namely:
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS OpsWorks
  • AWS CodeCommit
  • AWS CodePipeline
  • AWS CodeDeploy
  • Amazon EC2 Container Service
Scalable and Reliable
With AWS, you can scale your application with ease during periods of increased demand. AWS also prides itself on the fact that it is reliable and provides a better experience whilst keeping the costs under control.
AWS OpsWorks, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing are some of the AWS tools can help you scale your business up or down on demand. AWS provides on-demand services giving you the opportunity to flex your resources as and when needed.
One of the best features of AWS is its flexibility. It lets you select from a plethora of services such as:
  • Operating system
  • Programming language
  • Web application platform
  • Database
AWS provides a virtual environment that lets you load the software and services required by your application. It simplifies the migration process for already existing applications and provides options for building new ones. With faster scalability, de-facto standard APIs, and mind-blowing deployment speed, you can have a completely customized ready-to-use solution in under 10 minutes.
On the Go Pricing
We all know that hosting a service on cloud sounds like a pretty massive investment, but this is resolved by AWS’s pricing structure. AWS offers “pay for what you use”. This means that you pay only for the resources you use. This is a refreshing approach from AWS, making it more user-friendly, and allowing you to choose your infrastructure and service needs with zero capital expenditure. This cost-effectiveness has really helped startups grow their business on AWS. Users can even try the AWS Free Tier.
With AWS Free Tier, you can enjoy hands-on experience with the AWS platform, products, and services for free. This no-cost option includes offers that expire after 1 year of signing up and others that never expire. This is one of the best ways for a new user to try out AWS.
Security is a core requirement for any application whether it is hosted in an on-premise data center or a cloud such as AWS. It is a fundamental service that protects your applications and data from a variety of cyber-attacks, security breaches, accidental or deliberate data deletions, theft, and much more.
The obvious doubt lingering in your mind while considering AWS must be is it really secure? Is it safe to use AWS? The answer is a big yes!
Apart from private subnets, multi-factor authentication (MFA), Isolate GovCloud, and encrypted data storage, AWS uses different layers of security to safeguard its resources:
  • Physical data center security – The data centers are housed at non-disclosed locations and their entry is strictly controlled, managed, logged and audited on a regular basis
  • Virtualization and OS security – AWS regularly patches and updates virtualization operating systems against a variety of cyber-attacks
  • Regulatory compliance – AWS is certified for security and data protection in accordance with various industry and government requirements 
AWS also enhances its security with IAM (Identity and Access Management). Using this authentication greatly reduces the risk.
If this article has got you hooked on AWS, you should definitely read my fourth book titled: AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide
This book is for those who want to learn and leverage the rich plethora of services provided by AWS. It guides you through some of the most popular AWS services, such as EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, EFS, CloudTrail, Redshift, EMR, Data Pipeline, and IoT using a simple, real-world, application-hosting example. Each chapter is designed to provide you with maximum information about each AWS service, coupled with easy to follow, hands-on steps, best practices, tips, and recommendations. By the end of the book, you will be able to create a highly secure, fault-tolerant, and scalable environment for your applications to run on.