Welcome to the Nightingale HQ overview about AWS services. Here we aim to introduce people to what they need to know.
Amazon Web Services is a cloud computing platform that provides customers with a wide array of cloud services. We can define AWS (Amazon Web Services) as a secured cloud services platform that offers compute power, database storage, content delivery and various other functionalities. To be more specific, it is a large bundle of cloud based services. Consider we need electricity for our home. Either we can generate our own electricity or purchase it from electric power companies. When we generate our own electricity, we need set up a lot of Infrastructure costing us a lot of money. Instead of that, we could purchase electricity and pay as we use. Similarly, AWS is one of the cloud computing providers that provide us computing, storage, networking and lot more services that we can pay as we use.
AWS is a cloud service provider. Other cloud vendors to consider are:
There are more than 165 services available from AWS, across 24 categories. These products include the following:
Cloud security is the “highest priority” at AWS. Customers have access to a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations, without the cost implications of managing such resources in-house.
AWS services are built on secure global infrastructure and data is automatically encrypted when flowing through the global network. You can automate manual security tasks and have complete control over your data and who has access to it. Security products from AWS include AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and AWS Security Hub.Read more about AWS security here.
AWS gives you ownership and control over your data, providing tools that allow you to determine where your data will be stored, secure it, and maintain control of who has access to your data and AWS services. There is also a security assurance program that uses best practices for global privacy and data protection to help you operate securely within AWS.Read more about AWS data privacy here.
AWS offers a collection of Compliance Programs that guide users through comply with legal requirements, as well as services to support these resources, such as Amazon Inspector and AWS Config.Read more about AWS compliance here.
AWS has a competitive, scalable pricing structure in which you only pay for the services you use. The monthly pricing calculator helps you to budget and estimate costs of using AWS services.
Creating an account on AWS provides:
Beyond the free services, AWS offers the choice between a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) model and reserved pricing. With either option, you are billed monthly for the services you use or reserve.
A great option for scalability, with PAYG pricing you pay only for the AWS services you use. This allows you to innovate and adopt technologies rapidly without being hit by large set-up costs.
The PAYG model differs between AWS services. For example, storage is charged by space used and number of requests, whereas machine learning services carry additional charges for training hours.
Some services, such as S3, offer tiered pricing that grants volume discounts when your usage increases beyond certain thresholds.
If you are confident of the computing power and storage space you will need for your application in advance, the reserved pricing model can save you 30% of costs for select services. You can also choose to pay upfront for some or all of a year of reserved services for an even greater discount. The reserved pricing model is a good way to minimise risk and manage budgets, and there is even an EC2 Reserved Instance Marketplace in case circumstances change.
As well as having the option to buy directly from Amazon Web Services, you can go through an APN partner. APN partners can be Consulting Partners, who help customers to design and build AWS-based applications, or Techology Partners, who provide AWS-hosted software. Many APN partners are resellers of AWS services, which brings the benefit of having an expert on-hand to ensure you pay only for what you need, and local support. For those just starting out with cloud computing, a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can guide you through every stage of the cloud journey.You can find an APN partner here.
All AWS accounts come with a free Basic support plan, which includes customer service, online communities and learning resources, access to the AWS Personal Health Dashboard, and access to the AWS Trusted Advisor service. Additional technical support becomes available when you purchase a Developer, Business, or Enterprise support plan, starting at $29 per month.Learn more about the support plans here.
AWS helps teams adopt AI solutions that can drive growth and improve performance, as well as providing solutions to host applications and build improved functionality that will drive sales. AWS is a cloud computing platform, which allows pay-as-you-go access to storage and computing services without expensive infrastructure set-up fees.Signs your department should invest in this are:
you are developing an application and need a hosting solution that is cheap to implement and will scale as you grow
you are planning to adopt AI in your team and need access to data storage and machine learning tools at a price that will scale with your needs
KPIs you should consider measuring for this are:
improved sales when AI features are implemented
savings on infrastructure investment
improved efficiency of resource management
improved product performance