Tech Insights: AWS & Cloud Computing

Why buy if you can pay as you go? Think of cloud computing as the subscription delivery service of IT solutions. Through cloud providers (like AWS) you have the ability to access storage, services, and host solutions. Seems like a no-strings-attached approach to integrating technologies and scaling your business. We’ve walked through the benefits of Serverless Architecture before, and the “freedom to build while someone else handles the logistics…” but what else can you accomplish with AWS and the power of the Cloud?

What Is It?

Cloud computing is an internet service that networks remote servers to allow for a centralized hub for data storage and facilitates remote online access to resources and services. Essentially, the cloud is a library of resources with a storage annex that supports business operations and houses infrastructure.By their own definition, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally.

The Speed of Innovation

Why use the cloud at all? There are many reasons but first up is speed. The task of Go to Market is fueled by the need for profit and speed, and the cloud helps make that happen by cutting overhead costs significantly and removing obstacles like purchasing and installing hardware and extensive networks, managing hardware failures, and maintenance which makes implementing infrastructure and building applications a lot more practical. There’s also an added layer of security with remote and automatic backups. Getting the elephant out of the room right away - even with events (like regional server outages), the aftermath is a lot less detrimental to a business than losing data due to a hardware outage.

Evaluate & Manage Resources

With any tech company whether it’s startup or established, brick and mortar or virtual, you need to manage several environments; usually development, staging/QA, and production, and each of those environments comes with its own set of operational requirements and resources, databases, etc. that need to be logged and managed. Cloud services make it easy to integrate solutions to monitor, secure, and execute directives for your business model.

Unlimited Storage & Accessibility

We’ve mentioned it already but this benefit can’t be overlooked. Building apps, deploying, and sustaining them takes a lot of data storage both for initial operation and for continued growth and versioning. Where there is data there must be backups and recovery protocols - often, how you store your data and recover it will be requirements of any service license agreements (SLAs) you participate in, as well as foundational requirements for the survival of your business.

Anytime Anywhere

In terms of recovery but also just general access to your resources, time and location have no meaning with cloud solutions. A big part of their appeal, universal accessibility to data, accounts, and endpoints makes it easy to build and operate from anywhere - more importantly with a team and a client base that don’t share the same geographical location.

Need to Know

Cloud-based solutions are appealing because they can scale to your budget. That being said, it’s important to be aware of how different plan levels and services function as there are many types of storage options, server redundancies, locational provisions, and built-in resources that may or may not be available depending on the specific services you subscribe to.

Custom Scalability

The upside to a tiered service system is that it becomes easy to build as you grow and implement solutions incrementally without needing to purchase a massive solutions suite all at once.AWS supports many open source applications and its services are widely used which brings the benefit of many people coming before you and creating scripts, templates, and configurations that you can use, alter, and reapply to custom fit your own needs. You can even auto scale out virtual servers in parallel to increased demand, and easily downsize any excess instances should your business flux, while detecting and repairing unresponsive assets through tailored consoles and admin systems.

Constructing From Scratch

The templated approach is effective but you’re not limited to factory made solutions with AWS and the cloud. A draw of hosting services on the cloud is the ability to pick and pull resources to build unique applications. AWS makes it easy to design, build, and host web applications and mobile applications with varying levels of development experience. There are many AWS pathways when it comes to app development. The below certifications are some of the most sought after and range in difficulty - but you don’t need to be an expert to create something like a serverless app with AWS ‘pre-fab’ options and templating.AWS Cloud PractitionerAWS DevOps EngineerAWS Solutions ArchitectAWS Machine LearningThe key to implementing cloud solutions is to have a smart approach to your system infrastructure as it relates to your business. What are your goals? Who is your target client? What are your resources? And how can you best implement solutions to get you where you want to be? We’re pretty good at industry analysis and, hey, we also we built our own app on AWS. As leading a tech business existing in the space, we’re equipped with the tools to help you construct your cloud computing solutions. Call us today to begin your digital transformation.