Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take your entire data center filled with racks of servers and hardware and move it to one virtual spot that you could access anywhere, anytime? Well, thanks to Amazon Web Services (AWS), now you can!

In addition to the unlimited products available on Amazon.com, the ever-so-popular retail site, now offers a variety of global services to assist large organizations in running a large-scale, transactional IT infrastructure. These services include compute, storage, database, analytics, application and deployment and are already trusted by some of the largest enterprise businesses such as Netflix and The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

What is AWS?

Amazon Web Services is a comprehensive cloud service platform where companies can manage their servers, storage, databases and application services virtually, rather than through a physical data center. Launched in 2006, AWS has completely changed the game in cloud computing by making it possible for large businesses to use the exact world-class infrastructure that powers Amazon.com in a reliable, secure fashion without any up-front costs or long-term commitments.

The Takeover

By focusing on efficiency, high volume and low margins, AWS has become the clear leader in cloud computing services next to key players, Microsoft and Google. One reason being, companies no longer need to purchase, install, and configure expensive hardware in-house. Now, AWS does that for you, and gives you numerous options to pick and choose from, saving you valuable time and money.

Here are a few more reasons why AWS is taking over the cloud industry:

  • Unmatchable Pricing: with multiple pricing models and a highly distributed, full-featured platform, AWS is able to offer IT solutions at a fraction of the cost of a traditional infrastructure. Charging by the hour allows you to pay for only the resources you use on a variable basis, saving you and your clients money.
  • Flexible Scalability: predicting the right capacity for your website or application can be a risky hit-or-miss decision. With AWS Cloud Computing, no longer have to risk serving poor customer usability or be left with unused resources. You simply provision the amount of resources you need. If you need more, you can easily and automatically scale up. If you don’t need them, you just turn them off and stop paying.
  • Reliability: AWS gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service was designed for 99.99% availability, and carries a service level agreement providing service credits if a customer’s availability falls below 99.9%.

This was enough to convince us at eMagine that AWS is by far the best choice in cloud computing. We’ve taken the leap, have you?