By the end of 2021, over 59% of businesses expect to mostly or fully operate in the cloud. The figure makes sense given the (forced) switch to remote operations. Yet, remote work is the culprit of cloud computing benefits.
Cloud computing also:
- Lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) of technical infrastructure
- Increases day-to-day employee productivity
- Enables access to new customer value propositions
If you recognize the need to migrate to the cloud too, take a look at Amazon Web Services (AWS).
As of 2020, over 76% of companies are using at least one AWS service to power their operations. Wondering what makes Amazon the top choice? Here is an overview of the AWS benefits.
1. Cost Savings Across All Infrastructure
Cloud migration equals savings on maintaining on-premises infrastructure. By virtualizing your servers and transferring data for storage to the cloud, you can retire legacy data centers and save on hardware updates.
AWS has 8 different data storage services at different price points:
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
- Amazon Glacier
- Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS)
- Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
- Amazon EC2 Instance Storage
- AWS Storage Gateway
- AWS Snowball
- Amazon CloudFront
You can switch between them for secure ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ data storage.
Additionally, cloud migration is a solid pretext for doing an inventory of all your workloads. You can merge redundant ones and choose the best-suited resources for running the remaining. This can significantly reduce your infrastructure costs.
Or you can use the following AWS cost optimization tools to set up and manage the costs of your cloud infrastructure:
- AWS Organizations or AWS Control Tower — divide resources and set budgets for specific workloads.
- AWS Cost Explorer — gain full visibility into your usage.
- Amazon Athena + Amazon QuickSight — create a custom analytics dashboard for your organization
2. Unbeatable Operational Speed and Agility
Cloud computing lets you provision resources in one click. So that your development teams can start working on new products without any delays due to resource provisioning. Not only your teams’ productivity increase, but you also reduce the time-to-market for new products.
AWS customers experience:
- 37% decrease in time-to-market
- 343% increase in new code deployments
Also, if you decide to use AWS Lambda — a serverless computer service — you can speed up your development even further.
Serverless architecture enables developers to create new cloud services from functions stored in a shared repository without the need to provisioning underlying infrastructure. This makes serverless apps faster to build. Also, such apps are more cost-effective. They only consume computing resources when a certain event happens (e.g. a function gets called). The pay-per-use meter stops when the activity ceases.
Finally, with AWS tools you can enable auto-scaling and load balancing for all your apps. So that you only pay for extra computing resources when the demand increases. This way you ensure top app performance and customer experience without paying exorbitant fees for idle servers.
3. Higher Operational Resilience
Like other public cloud providers, Amazon handles data centers’ maintenance and security (so that you don’t have to). Thus, you can re-assign IT budgets (and people) towards growth-oriented and innovative projects.
Thanks to instant resource provisioning and auto-scaling, businesses operating on AWS also experience fewer operational disruptions.
SME customers report:
- 57% decrease in downtime
- 39% decrease in mean time-to-restore for critical incidents
On top of operational risks, AWS also reduces exposure to cybersecurity threats.
The company offers a broad range of tools to enable foolproof monitoring, threat detection, prevention, and assessments of endpoints. For example:
- AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) — grant, manager, monitor, and revoke access management rights from a centralized c-panel.
- Amazon Inspector — run automated infrastructure assessments of all AWS and receive a list of security best practices to act upon.
- AWS Trusted Advisor — perform regular security checks to protect against hacking, DDoS attacks, and data theft.
AWS’s comprehensive portfolio of offerings makes it a universal contender for businesses across different verticals. With pay-per-use pricing, advanced security, and stellar infrastructure performance, AWS can meet any scope of IT needs. All that is left for you is to complete your business case for adoption and find an AWS migration partner to help with the migration.
Custom Cloud Applications
Indellient takes a customer-first approach to help you build a modern cloud strategy on Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Our team can help you build, replatform, migrate and integrate applications, so you can benefit from the scalability, agility, and performance available through cloud technologies.