While Amazon is definitely recognized for its online retail operations, many people do not know that the company started by Jeff Bezos back in 1994 has since grown and developed to become a full-blown tech company in its own right.
Amazon now has interests in everything from media production to the production of devices and even pharmaceuticals. The business that started just as an online bookstore has come a long way in the last 25 or so years and is now also the world’s most popular cloud service provider, accounting for around 32% of the market – supplied through its specialized Amazon Web Services (AWS) division.
As companies the world over begin to recognize the considerable advantages of integrating with cloud-based computing and storage, the AWS platform is increasingly becoming the solution of choice for many firms – and here are just a few reasons why.
The AWS cloud offers scalability – in seconds and on-demand
Not so very long ago, when a company wanted to upscale its IT service provision, it would need to physically install updates or equipment upgrades locally. However, nowadays, by moving your operations to the cloud, you can make a service request which updates in seconds – everything from software updates to increased storage or RAM.
The AWS platform allows companies access to powerful servers located around the world, meaning firms can tailor their service provision exactly to their needs. Need a quick upgrade? No problem, just log-in and make the changes. Alternatively, should you find you need to downgrade your services, the same immediate changes can be made – almost in seconds. Providing you have employees trained with AWS sysops certification, the platform is easy to adapt, change or grow. No business stands still and this kind of scalability has proven to be an invaluable resource for firms of all sizes.
AWS has in-built security as standard
Data is increasingly becoming the lifeblood of many firms – and, unfortunately, hackers and cybercriminals know this only too well. It is estimated online crime cost the world around $6 trillion in 2020 – a figure that is expected to increase to $10.5 trillion by 2025. Indeed, by way of comparison, the costs of cybercrime now make it the world’s third-largest economy, behind the US and China. The security of your data cannot be over-estimated – thankfully AWS has you covered with regular audits and now a dedicated service, Amazon Detective.
AWS is cost-effective
Running a company and turning a profit can be challenging enough at the best of times without having to worry about the cost or integrity of your back-end servers and IT services. By using AWS, you will gain access to the most up-to-date and secure equipment, at a fraction of the cost of investing yourself. And again, remember that scalability aspect – you can up- or downgrade services at any time.
The AWS platform can be used with any Operating System or language
The majority of companies already have a pretty clear idea of which Operating System (OS), software or languages they prefer to work on. Unlike some other cloud providers, the AWS environment is 100% platform-agnostic, meaning you can use the languages, databases, OSs and architectures you are most familiar with – greatly lessening set-up times and removing the need for staff to learn new skills.