Amazon Web Services (AWS) are, as you may expect, a subsidiary of Amazon, the global ecommerce giant, and they have used their expertise and innovative culture to drive forward a cloud computing platform that provides users the ability to scale their requirements up or down on-demand. The platform is subscription based so users need only ever pay for the computing power they use.
Virtual machines (VM’s) are servers that can be deployed on the cloud in a matter of minutes as opposed to traditional, capital intensive, in-house server racks that have to be scaled (and paid) for maximum expected capacity even if this is never utilised.
Advantages of using AWS – Cost and Speed
Cost – trade variable expense for capital expense
Cost – Economies of scale as costs are aggregated over 1000’s of users
Cost – Capacity and requirement always balanced
Speed – deployment in minutes not weeks
Speed – Agility and flexibility reduces time to market providing competitive advantage
Speed – Global network provides low latency which allows you to reach your customers wherever they are
Amazon Web Services offers a broad set of global cloud-based products including compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, management tools, IoT, security, and enterprise applications: on-demand, available in seconds, with pay-as-you-go pricing. From data warehousing to deployment tools, directories to content delivery, over 140 AWS services are available. New services can be provisioned quickly, without the upfront capital expense. As an accredited AWS Partner BCS can advise on how best the suite of AWS tools can benefit your business. Contact us to make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants today.