9 reasons why we choose AWS
Cloud-computing has been taking the world by storm for almost two decades, largely thanks to Amazon. In this article, we’ll be looking at Amazon Web Services, one of the most popular cloud-service platforms, and all the reasons why we choose AWS to work with it.
What is AWS?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform that offers compute power, database storage, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer tools, and other functionalities that help businesses scale and grow. The platform’s most popular products include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Some of its largest clients include Philips, Time and LG.
Why do we choose AWS?
AWS is considered to be one of the most reliable cloud services, trumping peers such as Google and Microsoft. Even if you’ve heard of some high-profile outages through the media, Amazon Web Services outages are rare. In fact, the reason these issues were high-profile is that so many popular services use AWS due to its reliability.
Flexible pricing: choose AWS
AWS offers a wide array of services and its prices vary according to which of those services you require and for what time period you’ll need them. Their services include a pay-as-you-go option that can help you save costs and easily scale up as your business grows. No long-term contracts or commitments are required, which is quite a change from what had been available in the past.
In addition to flexible pricing, AWS includes a free tier that offers over 85 products for 12 months, as well as some short-term free trials for some of its products. These, of course, come with specified limits, but allow you to sample the products and find the best fit before making a financial commitment. Some of the services offered for free include Amazon S3, AWS Lambda and Amazon GuardDuty.
Security: choose AWS
Amazon Web Services offers world-class security that meets the highest standards. It includes many compliance programs within its infrastructure as well as a comprehensive security support network. Its security features include a free Identity and Access Management (IAM) service to secure your AWS resources and make sure only lawful users can gain access.
Scalability and flexibility: why we choose AWS
As we’ve mentioned, AWS offers a variety of services and a global infrastructure. Moreover, as the company has a massive cloud-based platform, businesses have access to servers and storage on demand without the restrictions of physical computing infrastructure. All of this allows you to easily scale and adapt your mobile or web app project according to your needs. There is also no limitation when it comes to operating systems or development environments, making it an extremely flexible tool.
Amazon Web Services includes its very own development tools: AWS CodeDeploy—which deploys code to EC2 servers—, AWS CodeCommit—a source control service that conveniently hosts Git repositories—, and AWS CodePipeline—a service that helps you automate the software release process.
Location and global presence
AWS has locations in 25 regions around the globe and a presence in 80 global availability zones, with constant plans for expansion. They have plans to add 5 extra regions and 15 extra availability zones. This means Amazon Web Services is available no matter where in the world you or your customers are.
ASW’s ecosystem is vast, with over 165 featured services including anything from encryption and databases, to networking and analytics. This means Amazon Web Services will very likely be able to meet any mobile or web app development needs you may have.
Support and resources
Because of its status as a global leader, Amazon Web Services has outstanding support 24/7. Not to mention, there is extensive documentation and countless resources available if you need them. You can check out AWS’s support overview, its knowledge center and its client support center for help. Amazon Web Services also offers training and certification to support you along your journey.
Final thoughts on why we choose AWS
Amazon Web Services has grown exponentially since its launch back in 2006. During this time, it has added a great number of services that make up the complete package, covering all your mobile and web app development needs. It is also highly secure, reliable and flexible. All of these are reasons why we choose to work with AWS and we’re sure you will find many more once you give it a try.