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Amazon Web Services—Pros and Cons for Business

Amazon Web Services—Pros and Cons for Business

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud computing platform provided by Amazon. Launched in 2002, it is a first and therefore most commonly used service, owning over 30% of the cloud market, with over a million active customers every month in 190 countries, including individuals, small businesses, but also enterprise companies, GPOs, and government agencies.

What can you do with AWS?

Amazon Web Services is an on-demand suite consisting of around 90 different tools that you can choose from and apply according to your needs.

The flagship services in AWS’s portfolio include:

  • Computing - you can launch, run, and manage any web apps, private servers, virtual servers at any scale;
  • Analytics solutions - load, run, query, analyze, and scale your data;
  • Storage - keep and control all your data in a filing system of your choice (like Elastic Block Store, Simple Storage Service, centralized backups, or hybrid storage systems);
  • Databases - get your documents fully managed (with migration, on-premises automation, in-memory caching, MySQL, NoSQL, warehousing);
  • Networking and Content Delivery - create a dynamic, secure, and scalable resource architecture;
  • Machine Learning - build and train deep learning and machine learning engines with the possibility to create your own chatbots.

There are also many more functionalities that you can mix and match at scale. Billing methods are based on a pay-as-you-go system. That’s why it can turn out to be much cheaper in some cases, especially at the early stages of your business.

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Pros and cons of choosing AWS

According to developers with hands-on experience in working with many different cloud solutions, the main disadvantage of AWS is its old school feel. The design itself is considered a bit behind the times. Besides, since it is the oldest company in the industry, they are kind of set in their ways when it comes to processes and business approach with their top-down the corporate ladder sales funnel.

However, again, being the oldest player in the game gives them the advantage of experience and a rich client portfolio, which translates to incomparable brand authority.

Who needs AWS?

Cloud services help to build, run, host, and analyze data and web applications. Businesses of all sizes, amongst which you can find Netflix, Twitch, BMW, Samsung, BBC, that want to avoid the cost and the hustle of managing their own server farms choose AWS for extra computing power and data storage. The availability and cost of these secure solutions are incomparable with maintaining your own infrastructure.

With the number of tools, scale and complexity of the platform, AWS also provides easy starting tutorials. To get advanced in managing Amazon Web Services, you can get certified or collaborate with the cloud experts like Polidea!

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Katarzyna Kempa

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