Cloud platforms are a segment of IT services that has developed intensively over the past few years, and according to analysts, it is not going to slow down. According to Gartner’s research, Market Insight: Cloud Shift — 2018 to 2022, almost a third of the money spent in key IT markets will be spent on cloud technologies by 2022.
The cloud model involves the usage of a network of remote servers for storing, managing, and processing data. It opens up great opportunities to businesses for scaling, transformation and development—it gives access to advanced technologies at a relatively low cost and without extensive technical knowledge.
The development of the cloud was significantly influenced by Amazon. In 2006, the company created the first public cloud-computing platform (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud). Its customers could place data on remote Amazon servers, saving on their own infrastructural costs by reducing the required on-site computing power and giving the customer the ability to scale up or down quickly and economically.
With the growing popularity of Amazon’s first remote web services, the cloud generated interest throughout the industry, with market giants such as Google and Microsoft beginning to actively invest in cloud solutions.
In 2017, the total cloud services market reached $145 billion, this number may hit $214 billion in 2019, and in 2022 Gartner analysts forecast $302 billion.
Business in the Clouds: Types of Cloud Services
The cloud services market is divided into three main service models covering software, infrastructure, and platforms:
SaaS (Software as a Service) – this is software that doesn’t require downloading and is accessible from the browser. For example: e-mail, workflow systems, marketing tools, and more.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) – this service is the rental of remote computing facilities for storing and processing data. For example: virtual servers, cloud storage, etc.
PaaS (Platform as a Service) – this service allows a client to create their own programs and services without investing in their own infrastructure and software. An example is a platform for running applications, test environments, and database services.
Depending on business needs and security concerns, companies can also choose between a private, public, or hybrid cloud.
What Is Amazon Web Services (AWS)?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers cloud-computing services that provide customers with computing power, storage, analytics and management tools, and information security tools worldwide.
Today, AWS is considered the most flexible and secure cloud-computing environment. AWS consists of over 160 different services. AWS global infrastructure is divided up into 21 regions around the world with data centers strategically placed to provide maximum performance and reliability.
AWS is the global leader in the field of infrastructure services (IaaS), owning the largest market share among all cloud-infrastructure providers at 32% (Source: Canalys).
In 2018, AWS became the first cloud-solution provider to offer network bandwidths of up to 100 Gbps.
Why Do Companies Use Amazon Web Services?
Business is demanding greater productivity, flexibility, and reliability from IT, and Amazon’s cloud services are responding to these demands. The cloud model can be used in many areas of business: manufacturing, digital marketing, financial services, education, multimedia, healthcare, energy, retail, telecommunications, etc.
Amazon Web Services is the most widely used cloud platform in the world. According to Amazon, the company’s number of active corporate clients exceeds 1 million. Among Amazon customers, there are large companies such as Netflix, AirBnB, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Samsung, and even startups as well.
The main benefits of transitioning to the cloud:
- radical reduction in the cost of purchasing server equipment and maintaining company’s own technological infrastructure;
- speed of implementation and flexibility of configuration—AWS allows you to deploy the company’s IT infrastructure in minutes;
- mobility: the ability to deploy your applications around the world;
- automation of laborious organizational and technical tasks;
- fast scalability depending on the market situation or seasonality—you are free to increase or decrease the volume of cloud capacity, paying only for the consumed resources;
- unprecedented level of data security and system stability;
- improved performance of systems and web resources;
- backup and disaster recovery.
We Configure Cloud Services from AWS and Help Your Business Grow
Soft Industry Alliance company offers its cloud-computing expertise as an AWS Select Consulting Partner. We provide consulting and implementation of AWS services as a leading provider of cloud solutions, helping you to improve system performance and ensure growth and scalability. All of our specialists have AWS certificates, maintaining a knowledgeable team at the highest level of professionalism.
To use AWS efficiently and move your business to the cloud, we conduct a complete analysis of all your business processes, compile a comparison of the cost of working in the cloud to the classic option of having your own data center, choose the best solution, and map the virtual components.
All of the above requires specific knowledge and skills. Working with certified specialists minimizes the risks in implementing AWS on your project, and most of all, gets the results you want and expect.
Contact us to get professional advice on the use and configuration of cloud solutions for your business.