“The cloud has completely democratized access to IT resources. Everybody has access to the same scale of compute, storage, and networking”, says Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon in Las Vegas, on November 28, 2016. Back then, he was distilling his vision of cloud computing in front of some 32,000 geeks. (1)
A few years later, the cloud and IT services for businesses, grouped under the name of Amazon Web Services (AWS), are now “one of the priorities” and the most profitable activity of the American giant. In the third quarter of 2019, AWS sales increased by 35% and exceeded $ 9 billion in revenue.
Well, what makes AWS so successful?
The biggest reason besides the fact that Amazon started it early is that there are permanent innovations – since 2006, AWS has been offering new services and features which grant companies with all kinds of solutions. Today, Amazon has more than 1 million customers, including some of the prominent startups and companies such as Samsung, Netflix, and Reddit.
Companies know that software solutions can be implemented faster and more flexibly in the public cloud, for example, by using existing AWS compute services. With the advent of AI and reinventing the technologies and services, the impression left is that AWS is here to stay in this competitive world.
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Security, scalability, and reliability are the three characteristics that every enterprise needs to fulfill its computing needs. Things, like building a data center, installing server racks, and designing storage arrays, are a thing of the past now.
AWS compute services
Computing is the primary step to start or scale an organization. The AWS compute services like EC2, AWS Lambda, and Elastic Beanstalk are the core components of AWS. However, there are other AWS compute services like Lightsail, Batch, Outposts, and EC2 Image Builder, which help make the AWS cloud ecosystem easy and cost-effective for you to build, run and deploy your web applications.
Let’s quickly jump into how some of the best AWS compute services can cater to your business needs.
EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is the most crucial AWS compute service. It’s aimed at making things easy for the developers by making flexible provisions of computer resources, as and when needed. Amazon EC2 is a virtual computing environment over the cloud, which is often charged by the hour. Web service interfaces are used to start instances with different operating systems. This procedure enables the various instances to be loaded in an individually adapted environment and executed with the desired number of systems.
EC2 is packed with some of the most powerful functions that help in the creation of safe and scalable applications, keeping the process easy and cost-effective. EC2 allows users to precisely control their IT resources and run their applications on the Amazon IT environment. Amazon EC2 accelerates and simplifies the creation, maintenance, validation, sharing, and deployment by providing an organization with the perfect setting to create web applications on the cloud.
Here are the main features of EC2 for you:
- Amazon EC2 is elastic: With EC2, the computing capacity can be precisely adapted to the respective requirements and can be reduced or enlarged depending on the needs.
- Amazon EC2 can be wholly controlled because there is full root access for each server instance.
- Amazon EC2 is flexible because you can always choose between different instance types, software packages, and operating systems.
- Amazon EC2 is reliable.
Last year, AWS announced its Outposts project, its hybrid cloud solution for enterprise data centers. The offer is now available with a strong idea to offer AWS on-premise. Outposts are AWS servers that Amazon installs in your data centers and manages for you. They include AWS compute services and other services like EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), EBS (Elastic Block Store), Virtual Private Cloud, ECS (Elastic Container Service), EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service), EMR (Elastic Map Reduce).
These servers behave like a private “AWS Availability Zone” placed in your datacenter to obtain maximum reactivity. This is Amazon’s hybrid approach, which is a bit halfway between Google’s 100% software approach with Anthos and Microsoft’s more hardware approach with its Azure Stack appliances produced by its partners in the server world.
Cloud computing has become crucial for all businesses, modern or traditional. From storing all data on the cloud to using it to host web applications, a lot of companies are using the AWS compute services for their computing needs since the beginning itself.
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One big question that most businesses who have migrated to the cloud ask is, WHAT NEXT?
The benefits of AWS Lambda can improve your organization and spare you the resources your need for increasing your brand value and improving your product. The pay-as-you-use model is the prime feature that puts AWS Lambda a step ahead from its competitors. You are not required to pay any base cost. Moreover, you are billed only for the number of resources and codes that you have executed. Operating costs minimize, and your business will observe a massive cut in the computing costs.
Since AWS also facilitates users to ship code directly from the vendor’s console, there’s no use of delivery tools. Developers can dedicate more time to improve the product with new features and roll them out faster.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy for developers to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. In layman terms, deployment becomes easy, and management becomes less complicated.
In practice, the developer uploads his deployment code to Elastic Beanstalk, and the platform takes care of capacity provisioning, load balancing, automatic scaling, and status monitoring. In a few minutes, the developer receives an environment in which a version of his application can be operated ideally with ease.
The time required to generate a beanstalk deployment is usually far less than what can be achieved by manual action. Typically, creating AWS resources to run the desired application takes a few minutes to deploy and be fully accessed by users the first time.
While serverless and cloud computing is buzzing, the concept is still considered young by many experts. The advantages of AWS compute services are plenty, primarily through infrastructure management by the host, the scalability of the solution, and green IT. Adopting the cloud ecosystem requires an in-depth understanding of the services.
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