Amazon is the go-to place for just about everything these days. Need a new WiFi router? Go to Amazon. Looking to pick up the latest NYT bestseller? Go to Amazon. Want a knitted sweater for your Norewegian Forest cat, Snuffles? You get the idea…
We all buy loads of consumer goods from the Seattle-based ecom giant. But did you know that it sells cloud computing services, too? It’s true! And this side of its business is booming.
So in this blog post we’re going to look at Amazon’s cloud computing services, known as AWS, and give you the complete rundown on them. Keep reading to learn:
Sound like a plan? Great, let’s dive in!
According to the company itself, Amazon Web Services, AWS for short, offers “reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services” to companies of all sizes.
In other words, it’s a collection of 200+ cloud computing and API services that allow individuals, companies, and governments to store files, build applications, and much more. Despite these benefits, AWS is a pay as you go platform, which makes it quite affordable.
AWS launched in 2006 and has since acquired some of the largest brands in the world as customers. Some of these brands include Netflix, Adobe, and Facebook.
As mentioned above, AWS comprises more than 200 services, which means it can be used for A LOT of different things. Here are a few of the more popular use cases:
AWS also includes services related to machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), ecommerce, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), and analytics. To put it simply, just about any cloud computing need can be addressed with Amazon Web Services.
Now that we know what AWS is and what it’s used for, let’s talk about why it might help your business. There are three main benefits that AWS provides to its users:
First off, AWS is easy to use. According to Amazon, the platform is “designed to allow application providers, ISVs, and vendors to quickly and securely host your applications – whether an existing application or a new SaaS-based application.”
This is great news! It doesn’t matter how awesome your offerings are if they’re a pain in the butt to use. You won’t have this problem with AWS.
AWS is also extremely reliable and secure.
How do we know that? Because Amazon uses it as the backbone of its incredibly popular, multi-billion dollar generating website. If AWS couldn’t be trusted, Jeff Bezos and company would use something else. There’s too much money at stake.
Plus, the engineering team behind AWS have been honing the platform’s services for more than a decade, much longer than many of its competitors in this field.
Lastly, AWS won’t break your bank thanks to its pay-as-you-go fee system. This means that you only “pay only for the compute power, storage, and other resources you use, with no long-term contracts or up-front commitments.”
If you use AWS for business purposes, you’ll also benefit from the increased productivity of your staff, which will help cut costs in other areas, making AWS even more affordable.
According to recent reports, Amazon Web Services accounts for 31% of the cloud market—55% more than Microsoft Azure and 443% more than Google, it’s two biggest competitors. So the question is, why is AWS so popular?
There are a few reasons worth mentioning:
It’s not hard to see why AWS is so popular. When you’re the first to market, create stuff your audience wants, and commit to constant innovation, your business will succeed.
Like any service, AWS has a couple of drawbacks that must be considered. If you’re thinking about making the move to Amazon Web Services, keep these two things in mind:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, AKA Amazon EC2, is part of the AWS ecosystem. The service essentially allows users to rent virtual computers in order to run their own apps.
Unfortunately, Amazon EC2 isn’t perfect. For example, AWS limits the number of resources (images, volumes, snapshots) developers can launch per area. These limitations are designed to protect users from hackers, but they can be frustrating.
Fortunately, you can request a resource increase if you need more of them.
Additionally, AWS charges a fee for immediate technical support. If you need Amazon’s help now rather than later, expect to pay them for the privilege.
How much you pay depends on what category you fall into: developer, business, or enterprise. The fees for each category are as follows:
If AWS sounds like the right cloud computing platform for you, you might be wondering how to get started. There are a lot of services to check out, details to understand…
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources on the internet to help! Here are three top choices:
New to the world of cloud computing? Then you should definitely take a look at the AWS Fundamentals Specialization class, available exclusively on Coursera. The course, which was created by the AWS team, is split into four distinct parts:
Through the use of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, this class will teach you the basics of AWS, which you can then build upon with other courses.
Maybe you already know how to use AWS and need a class to help you prepare for certification. Then search for AWS Certification Courses on Udemy. There quite a few quality classes available on the platform, but these are the ones we recommend:
Each of these certification courses can be purchased for around $100, making them pretty affordable. But Udemy does discount them from time to time if you’re short on cash.
If the Coursera and Udemy courses don’t get you excited, perhaps the AWS training from LinkedIn Learning will. This platform has multiple classes that will teach you everything you need to know about the AWS ecosystem including:
Unlike the Coursera course mentioned above, the training from LinkedIn is self-paced. This means you can take as long as you need to become an AWS expert—no pressure!
Amazon Web Services (AWS) gives individuals, companies, and even government agencies access to top-level cloud computing services. With these services, users can accomplish a wide range of tasks, from storing screen recordings to building award-winning applications.
While AWS isn’t the only cloud computing platform available—both Microsoft and Google have platforms, too—it’s the most popular and well-established.
Because of this, as well as the fact that AWS is easy to use, reliable, and cost effective, Amazon Web Services might be the perfect platform for your needs. We encourage you to give the service a try to know for sure. Good luck!