Is AWS King of the Cloud Jungle?

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Cloud services aren’t just for large enterprises anymore.

As an owner of any sized business, you have several options including Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Each platform has its strengths and weaknesses as we learned during our epic Cloud Wars battle earlier this year.

Depending on your specific business requirements, AWS has several advantages that could totally be right for you.

Compliance Ready

As more sites store personal identifiable information (PII), compliance becomes more important for business owners. Compliance regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, and SOX oversee many of the procedures for site owners to store this information properly, and keep it secure from hackers.

AWS addresses of many of those regulations using standard packaging available for site owners to rely on, rather than leaving them having to develop an understanding of the technical aspects of IT security.

Linux and Windows Hosting

When you work with Microsoft products, integration between platforms is easy. Azure servers are Windows-based, so you can easily promote web applications using Visual Studio.

AWS supports Linux and Windows hosting, so site owners have a few more options when integrating their production platform with their development and testing platforms. Linux support makes AWS more attractive to heterogeneous network environments or even just site owners who choose to work with Linux-based software.

Azure provides some support for Linux such as Oracle and SUSE, but it doesn’t support the more popular Linux options such as Red Hat for the Enterprise. If you rely on Linux as an option for any type of app, it’s better to work with AWS.

Real-Time Monitoring

Just a few minutes of downtime can cost you thousands of dollars. Not only does it affect customer trust and revenue, but it also costs you in data integrity and maintenance to repair problems caused by downtime.

AWS provides you with the power of real-time monitoring, which is imperative for a business that runs on the web. You can identify issues before they become critical downtime incidents,  or discover any potential red flags in your web applications as quickly as possible by logging and regularly reviewing activity for a wide variety of warnings and notifications.

Monitoring your applications also lets you see when it’s time to scale resources. The beauty of cloud hosting is that you can scale resources up or down based on your busy and slow seasons. With monitoring, you can identify when it’s time to change your resource allocation to support the application at its peak performance, regardless of the traffic that’s thrown at your site.

Try It Out for Free

If you read around the web about pricing for cloud-based services, some people say that “paying as you go” is more expensive. This pricing structure is the hallmark of cloud hosting. You pay only when you’re busy, so your IT costs scale with your business.

AWS has the best trial period out of all the options on the market. You get your entire first year  for free to test out their services. This is a great option for people who aren’t sure if cloud hosting is for them. Compared to other services, this is a bonus option for new cloud-hosting users. Just as a comparison, Microsoft Azure gives you $200 worth of services free for a month.

Conclusion

You have plenty of options for cloud hosting, but AWS can be better for your business than all the rest. The technology is easy to learn, and it has a user-friendly interface that enables you to pick and choose options as you need them. You don’t need to be an expert on IT or hosting to use AWS, but it certainly can’t hurt to learn AWS with CBT Nuggets trainer Jeremy Cioara.

Its pay-as-you-go pricing model is ideal for businesses looking to use the cloud, and can be integrated into business environments in a spectrum of differing capacities.

For these reasons and more, AWS could be the king of the cloud jungle for your business.

Start your cloud research by exploring these courses on Azure, Google Cloud and AWS, and determine which one is right for you.
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