What is AWS (Amazon Web Services)? AWS is a Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Cloud IaaS) platform offering compute power, data storage, and a wide array of other IT solutions and utilities for modern organizations. AWS was launched in 2006, and has since become one of the most popular cloud platforms currently available.
AWS offers numerous advantages for organizations like reduced management overhead, simplified implementation, and significantly reduced costs versus comparable legacy solutions. In fact, AWS has been such a game changer that many organizations are eliminating on-prem data centers altogether in favor of hosted implementations from AWS.
AWS in the Beginning
One of the most powerful services offered by AWS was also one of the first released in 2006. Amazon refers to this service as the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). EC2 effectively enables AWS customers to lease virtual systems, managed by AWS, upon which organizations can run their own applications and resources.
In doing so, AWS made it possible for organizations to eliminate the need to build and maintain a private, on-prem infrastructure to reach the same end. Instead, organizations only paid for what they used, creating a far more scalable model without the management overhead of hosting the same architecture on-prem.
The result was that organizations could instead focus their efforts and capital towards more important tasks like developing their products. EC2 has been so successful that Amazon has subsequently added a large number of additional IT resources and utilities that follow the same model.
AWS Checks Many Boxes
Today, AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, analytics, application services, deployment, identity and access management, directory services, security – the list goes on. All of which offer powerful, cloud based, pay-as-you-go alternatives compared to their legacy counterparts.
These solutions have made it possible for organizations to shift their entire data center to the cloud. The benefits for organizations is that there is no longer a need to build data centers on-prem, nor incur the massive costs of data center builds and operations. IT doesn’t have to worry about implementation, integration, networking, and everything else that (Read more...)