Amazon Web Services (AWS) is Amazon’s stake in the cloud and hosting industry and they have everything you would expect from a service owned by this giant company.
AWS is a web service owned by Amazon that provides top of the line hosting and cloud services. Their unique selling point is their near-omnipotence when it comes to hosting – AWS has all the features you could ever want and more, with over 3000 different features! It can get a little complicated for first-time buyers, but it’s very easy to get a hold of the offered potential and realize your intentions without much hassle. AWS’s pricing system is also special since it only charges you for the features you’d like to use, saving you any money that you would have spent on unnecessary features with most other services.
AWS has a very interesting pricing system – you only pay for the services you want to use, for as long as you want to use them. They employ a pay-as-you-go model which lets you adapt your website based on your needs instead of forecasts, which reduces the risk of buying too much or too little as well as overstretching your budget. Also, you can save money by reserving services in advance, and the more you reserve the larger the discount gets. This logic translates into all of their pricing calculations – the more services you use the less you pay per gigabyte. This usually comes in tiers and you can save a lot by employing some smart calculations.
AWS offers a free package as well, with services such as Amazon CloudWatch, Glacier, Chime, Cognito, DynamoDB and many others. Chances are, if you put AWS together just the way you want it, you will come out with a better price than most, if not all other services in existence – but it’s quite hard to calculate exactly how much you’d need without sitting down and going through the calculator. As we all know, Amazon employs top-notch security in all its services, including AWS, but this service also has 54 availability zones with up to six data centers each, in 18 geographic regions around the world, making it extremely comfortable for multinational companies.
Since AWS provides everything you could ever need in terms of hosting and cloud services, it’s a bit complicated to get through, but Amazon have done everything to make the service as simple as possible for people who don’t know much about tech. They offer step-by-step tutorials to teach you about every bit of the service and they give you an option to go through them before beginning to use their system. The experience necessary to take full advantage of this service is exceptionally higher than with most others, but most people don’t need it – the only experience you need is the one required for the features you want to use. If you need to use a certain feature and you don’t know how it works, you can go through a short tutorial which will teach you everything in a compact and expedient manner.
AWS has some of the best, if not the best marks in performance and uptime with just over 2 hours of downtime per year since 2014, reaching the coveted ‘five nines’ percentage – 99.999% availability. Furthermore, they have an integrated service called ELB that helps you balance your load time over multiple servers, cutting it down to the bare minimum which of course means faster websites. If you know what you’re doing, you can also lower your response time to numbers unattainable with other services.
AWS has excellent customer support, and they have multiple packages that you can include in your plan. These are the Basic, Developer, Business and Enterprise packages. Each of them offers different services, but all of them offer 24/7 access to customer service, documentation, whitepapers and support forums. Even though the basic package comes free, the Enterprise package will set you back $15,000 per month, but you pretty much get unlimited support for everything.
AWS is one of the most modular and adaptive services today. Their reviews are incredibly positive and they can be considered a great tool for the amateur and the expert alike. It can take a while to familiarize yourself with the service, but once you do, there is nobody better than AWS!