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Everything you need to know about Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Everything you need to know about Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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The benefits of the Cloud for businesses are endless, which is why it is no wonder that 74% of tech chief financial officers that were polled by Forbes in 2017 claimed they saw a huge impact on their business after switching to the Cloud.

The industry is huge and it is still growing. It is also becoming more accessible for all types of businesses. Due to its flexibility, small and enterprise-sized companies alike can benefit from using the Cloud. The only question is which company to choose.

For businesses, one of the best and most comprehensive options is Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What Are Amazon Web Services?

Amazon Web Services has really driven the Cloud industry and has become a leader in the technology. It has created over 100 different applications for the Cloud, and yet still offers a cost effective, flexible option that can be catered and customized by an IT service team like ours at Rio IT to suit any business.

Starting in 2006, Amazon Web Services has been in the game from the very beginning, and it is today one of the largest and most comprehensive brands that provides unique and powerful products and products alike.

What Services Does Amazon Web Services Offer?

Amazon Web Services offers over 165 different services for Cloud Computing, as well as:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), which allows business owners to rent out virtual storage space.
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) which allows developers to host their desktop and mobile creations
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that allows users to choose software and tools to customise their cloud storage and access it on all devices.

Amazon Web Services offer to simplify their offerings assuming that their product list can be dividing into two main categories: EC2 and S3.

ECT is the virtual machine service and the options provided for it, and S3 is the storage system and the options available to customise it.

Rundown of the Top AWS Services

A short list of the top AWS services and tools you can use include:

  • Amazon Cloud Front
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Amazon Relationshal Database Service (Amazon RDS)
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
  • Amazon SimpleDB
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon Migration Hub
  • And 155+ More Features and Services!

Breakdown of Service Types Offered By Amazon

To break down the services, here is a list of the top tasks you can complete and a few of the tools used to accomplish them:

Storage Services on AWS

Storage can be highly customised. You have active storage, cold storage, and more. For cold storage you will want to use Amazon Glacier, to use the computing capacity of AWS’ global data centres, you can use Amazon Compute Cloud (EC2).

Database Management Services on AWS

One of the best ways to customize your storage is through database management services. There are a few great choices to customize your storage and cloud account.

With Amazon Relational Database Service, or Amazon RDS, you can easily migrate or recover data from your computers to your cloud storage. Other migration options include using the AWS Migration Hub, or Amazon Snowball.

If you wanted to put limits on who can access what data, then you will want to use Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), which allows you to set who can access different segments and with Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM), you can create custom rules for different or multiple accounts. This will secure your data and ensure that only those with the right clearance can access information, a common strategy in Endpoint Security.

Cloud Configuration and Management Tools on AWS

When using a huge and mammoth service like AWS, you want to ensure that your use of it is optimised. Our team can work with you to ensure that your AWS account is fully optimised, and to do that we will use AWS Trusted Adviser, so that your account always uses the best practices so it is fully functioning and productive at all times.

The Best Amazon Messaging Services

Amazon has multiple messaging services that speed up the communication within a company. You have Amazon Simple Queue Service, which offers a fast, powerful, and trustworthy means to send and store messages between your employees.

Amazon Simple Notification Service allows employees and managers to send instant messages or notifications to one of many users. It’s useful for notifying multiple employees of a change or update request.

The last service we will go into is Amazon Simple Email Service, which offers a more productive service than traditional email options.

AWS Development Tools and Languages

One of the biggest draws of AWS is the fact that it can be added to and customized from the customer’s viewpoint. Developers are also not limited in the language that they use. AWS Software Development Kits (SDKs) and AWS Command Line Interface allow developers to create and customize programs and services on the account in these coding languages:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • C++
  • NodeJS
  • Java

The Future: Amazon and Artificial Intelligence Services for Businesses

Amazon has also invested heavily into artificial intelligence tools. The most famous of these is, of course, the Amazon Alexa, which can sync up to your account and handle a simple set of tasks like setting reminders or sending messages. More advanced options include:

Amazon Lex

Amazon Lex helps top build what are known as conversational interfaces. This way people can interact with your business using voice or text commands.

Amazon EMR

Big Data is big business, but to fully take advantage of the sheer volume of Big Data, you need a program that can sort through and automatically report on its findings. Amazon EMR does this.

Amazon Chime

Online meetings break down the barrier of space and time, but they can be difficult to keep on track – after all, an entire board room can be stuffed into the size of a computer screen. With Amazon Chime your online meetings will be made more efficient through the power of AI.

The most exciting aspect to Amazon’s AI investments is that new tech is emerging all the time. Just recently they have introduced a drone feature, though it is not yet fully fleshed out.

What to Remember When Choosing AWS

AWS can be a very complicated system to set up for those who do not have experience, which is why it is in your company’s best interest to hire us here at Rio IT. We will help your AWS network run efficiently and work optimally.