Amazon Web Services offers an absolute set of infrastructure and application services that facilitate you to run virtually everything in the cloud: from websites and mobile apps, to big data projects and enterprise applications. Today, hundreds of thousands of customers of all sizes take advantage of these services in nearly every industry, including healthcare, media, financial services, insurance, internet, real estate, retail, education and the public sector.
Benefits of using Amazon Web Services:
Our on-demand, scalable, and easy-to-use web services help you take advantage of the six main benefits of Cloud Computing:
- Reduce your Overall IT cost: Our massive economies of scale and efficiency improvements allow us to continually lower prices, and our multiple pricing models allow you to optimize costs for both variable and stable workloads. Additionally, Cloud Computing drives down up-front and on-going IT labour costs and gives you access to a highly distributed, full-featured platform at a fraction of the cost of traditional infrastructure.
- Flexible Capacity: It is really difficult to know in advance how the customer will adopt to your new application which makes it difficult to get it right. Hence the capacity decision is critical prior developing an application as you often end up setting on expensive idle resources or dealing with limited capacity due to wrong prediction of capacity needs. The customer experience can be really poor if you run out of capacity. The solution to all these problems is Cloud Computing. You provision the amount of resources you need. If you need more, you can easily scale up. If you don’t need them, just turn them off and stop paying.
- Speed & Agility: With traditional infrastructure, it can take weeks to get a server procured, delivered, and running. These long timelines stifle innovation. With Cloud Computing, you can provision resources as you need them. You can deploy hundreds or even thousands of servers in minutes, without talking to anyone. This self-service environment changes how quickly you can develop and deploy applications and allows your team to experiment more quickly and more frequently.
- Apps not Ops: Cloud computing lets you shift resources away from data centre investments and operations and move them to innovative new projects. Specifically, you can have your scarce IT and engineering resources focus on projects that grow your business instead of having them focus on IT infrastructure – which is important but hardly ever differentiates your business.
- Global Reach: Whether you are a large global company or small start-up, you may have potential customers around the world. With traditional infrastructure, it’s hard to deliver great performance to a broadly distributed user base and most companies focus on one geographic region at a time to save costs and time. With Cloud Computing, the game changes – you can easily deploy your application in any or all of the nine AWS regions around the world. This means you can provide a lower latency and better experience for your customers at minimal cost.
- Application Hosting: Application vendors are looking for ways to offer hosted alternatives to packaged software. Hosted applications or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings allow businesses to take advantage of subscription-based revenue models, easier upgrade paths, reduced time to market, more predictable costs, and other benefits. Amazon Web Services offers a number of products, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) that give application vendors an easy way to use the massive compute power of the Amazon cloud computing platform to host their existing software on the Internet.
- Back-up and Storage: Even as storage becomes more plentiful and affordable, businesses are still faced with the task of managing their growing storage infrastructure. Amazon Web Services provides a cost-effective solution for storing information in the cloud that eliminates the burden of provisioning and managing hardware. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides a highly scalable, reliable, and inexpensive data storage infrastructure that enables you to build dependable backup solutions. created compelling end-user backup, storage, and disaster recovery solutions using AWS.
- Content Delivery: Amazon CloudFront makes it easier to distribute content to end-users quickly, with low latency and high data transfer speeds. The service lets you deliver your content through a worldwide network of edge locations and automatically routes end-user requests to closest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance. Amazon CloudFront works seamlessly with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which durably stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services, there are no long term contracts or monthly commitments and you only pay for what you use.
- Databases: Amazon Web Services provides a number of database solutions for developers and businesses. Amazon RDS enables you to run a fully featured relational database while offloading database administration; Amazon SimpleDB provides simple index and query capabilities with seamless scalability; and using one of our many relational database AMIs on Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS allows you to operate your own relational database in the cloud.
- E-Commerce Applications: E-commerce applications require an infrastructure that ensures security, dependability, and the ability to handle sudden and/or seasonal spikes in demand. In addition, e-commerce applications require proven credit card processing capabilities. Amazon Web Services and other Amazon.com business units offer a number of solutions to help you run an e-commerce website. For example, the Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS) offers a powerful solution for handling payment. Amazon FPS automatically processes payments and refunds so that you can focus on delivering great solutions for your customers instead of managing financial transactions.
- Search Engine Applications: Search engines and web crawlers require a large amount of processing power and storage in order to index the web and provide their customers with a satisfactory experience. Using the massive compute power and storage of Amazon Web Services, businesses with search engine or web crawler applications are able to scale their infrastructure resources to meet their ever changing needs.
- Web Hosting: Web hosting development has unique requirements for scalability, reliability, security, and more. Amazon Web Services provides massive compute power that can scale as your business grows, very large amounts of storage that can handle the most demanding requirements your application may throw at it, a powerful database service that is both easy to use and flexible enough for the unique requirements of web applications, and several other services that satisfy your dynamic web hosting needs.
- Media & Entertainment: With the advent of high definition, on-demand digital media, Media and Entertainment (M&E) companies are challenged to evolve their IT infrastructure fast enough to keep up with the demands of their customers. Producing, editing and distributing media assets cost-effectively requires an automated supply chain workflow supported by significant IT infrastructure. AWS offers economical, elastic, and on-demand compute and storage capacity to address the challenges of M&E companies.