One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, what are the “top 5 benefits of migrating from data centres to AWS”?
Though there are many customers currently using AWS in more than 190 countries, hundreds of case studies. Many of these people who are managing their infrastructure in-house or a co-located data centre, have concerns about cost, security, data privacy to name a few.
Here are five of the top key things to consider before you move forward:
1. Nil Capital Expenditure:
So many intended adopters believe that AWS is only for the cash rich. However, the reality is completely the opposite.
AWS is a technology leveller enabling start-ups to leverage high-end technologies and infrastructure needs with no capital expenditure.
Start-ups jaded by the high costs of using Oracle as their database or any other commercials software which demand high-upfront licensing, can now explore AWS Marketplace and enjoy the benefits of little or no start-up costs.
2. No Commitment needed:
From a server for hosting a small website, a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for heavy traffic sites, reliable & scalable email service, data warehousing service, or Hadoop cluster for your BigData needs, AWS offers everything with absolutely no-commitment at all.
All of their server-backed services are charged on an hourly basis, so as soon as you terminate/stop a server, you won’t be billed for the next hour.
3. Lower cost of entry:
Since AWS is highly focused on reducing infrastructure costs for their customers. They have reduced their pricing across various services more than 30 times in the last few years.
Tools included with the product like Trusted Advisor, or 3rd-party tools like CloudCheckr, Cloudability, Cloudyn etc. can provide you insights to optimise cost within your existing setup on AWS.
The process of buying a new server might take time between several hours to 8-10 days depending upon whether your infrastructure is on-premise, co-located or if you are associated with a hosting provider.
Similar time is needed to procure software licenses as well.
However, AWS enables you to spin-up new servers within few minutes with no need to buy separate licenses for many operating systems & software.
5. Pay As You Go:
Think of the unlimited space for your backup & archival needs, the ability to launch new servers, up-scale/downscale a server, CDN integration, transcoding media files, unlimited bandwidth and much more highly scalable services/features available to you while you pay based on your actual usage only.
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Chidi for AWSforBusiness.com