What Are the Benefits of AWS?

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s fastest growing cloud services provider. But with all the noise and hype about AWS, it can be hard to actually decipher what the services provide and how they can help you.
In this post, we’ll look at four key benefits of AWS in plain English.

1.  Security

Security is paramount in modern business. As such, AWS has always put it at the top of its list of priorities. To begin with, AWS virtual private cloud (VPC) environments have built in network firewalls. All users have complete control over access to their applications and instances, and can even choose a private, dedicated connection from their office or premises.

AWS encrypts all traffic on their global and regional networks automatically and allows users to encrypt all data stored in the cloud on their storage and database services. Most importantly, in a world where cyber criminals are constantly changing tack, AWS performs regular penetration tests on its infrastructure. They also provide support for customers that want to carry out their own security tests.

2.  Speed

From January 2018, AWS has offered up to 25 gigabits per second (Gbps) in all its regions for EC2 instances. In simple terms, that means AWS customers get lightning fast speeds for loading data. To put it into context, the average UK download speed was 46.2 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2018, more than 500 times slower.

3.  Scalability

While scalability might sound like a techy buzzword, it’s actually hugely valuable to almost any business. Essentially, it means you can scale up or down – using more or less bandwidth, storage or services. With some providers, this simply isn’t possible. They will get you tied into a contract, where you have to wait months or even years before changing your circumstances.

With AWS, however, you simply use whatever you need. Most importantly, you only pay for what you use, as you use it. Unlike some service providers which offer standard packages, AWS allows customers to hand-pick what they need. That means no more being held back by limits on storage or speed. You’ll never have to wait around for your services to be upgraded. On the flipside, it also means you won’t have to pay over the odds for services you don’t need.

4.  Support

Developing, deploying and managing applications or servers isn’t something you should attempt without training. Fortunately, AWS has a global partner program in place, so you can always find the best support and assistance.
The AWS Partner Network is made up of consulting and technology partners with all the experience, expertise and resources to help customers design, build and manage the solutions they need using AWS.

Can we help?

If you’re looking to take advantage of AWS, Green Cloud Hosting provides a range of AWS services covering everything from consultancy and migration to ongoing management and cost optimisation. As part of the AWS Partner Network, we’re best placed to help your company get the most out of the powerful AWS infrastructure.

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