Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been the trailblazer in the cloud computing market since 2006 with its IaaS and PaaS offerings. It currently owns a lion’s share in the public cloud computing market ahead of other competitors like IBM, Microsoft, and Google; and continues to grow its offerings with continuous innovation.
In the recent 2016 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Gartner placed AWS in the Leaders’ quadrant owing to the broad range of use cases that include enterprise and mission critical applications. AWS provides mature and agile cloud computing services with rich functionalities and open-source tools and hence has become a ‘safe choice’ for customers across the globe.
AWS cloud services have been gaining popularity and acceptance in today’s market.Companies ranging from start-ups, SMEs, to large organizations have adopted AWS cloud with the primary objective to improve efficiency and save cost.
Most of these companies consume some of the common services offered by AWS such as compute, storage and networking. By not leveraging the innovative services offered by the cloud, they are yet to capture the full benefit of cloud computing.
Although they have embarked on the cloud journey, these companies still operate in somewhat traditional way. A paradigm shift to leverage the length and breadth of AWS cloud services can benefit these organizations to improve efficiency, achieve better customer experience, accelerate solution delivery and capture substantial business value.
In the last decade, AWS has added many new services and improvised features of its existing services to deliver more value to customers and realize a better return on investment.
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Here’s a quick look at these 6 services:
AWS Lambda: AWS Lambda is an event-driven cloud orchestration tool that triggers code in response to set or pre-defined events. Announced at AWS re:Invent 2014, it is a serverless computing framework that is easy-to-manage and enables developers to quickly run and test the code in the cloud without the hassle of going through traditional workflows and relying on the Ops team to deploy the code.
Elastic Beanstalk: AWS unveiled Elastic Beanstalk – a deployment and provisioning service that allows developers to upload their application on the cloud simply. The service automatically takes care of provisioning, load balancing, application health monitoring auto-scaling the process to get the applications on AWS cloud. The best part is the open architecture that it follows which means that the application which is not written for the web can also be deployed on Elastic Beanstalk.
Amazon Elastic File System (EFS): AWS launched Elastic File System (EFS) to provide flexible storage for AWS workloads. It provides a shared storage for multiple workloads and scales storage capacity up and down as and when the data is added or removed. AWS EFS is an easy-to-manage service using various platforms including AWS Management Console, the AWS CLI and the Amazon EFS API.
AWS CloudFormation: AWS announced its new service – CloudFormation that simplifies provisioning and configuring AWS resources on the cloud. AWS CloudFormation allows developers to keep track of version control of the entire AWS infrastructure. It is an easy-to-use service that can deploy and update stacks using AWS Management Console, command line or API.
Amazon Inspector: Amazon Inspector is a simple, low-cost agent-based vulnerability assessment tool which scans multiple remote hosts and analyzes the behavior of AWS resources. It allows developers to identify potential security issues, monitor network, and file systems and report various activities on the AWS environment.
AWS Device Farm: AWS Device Farm allows developers to securely test Android and iOS apps on the wide variety of real devices in AWS Cloud. It makes it easy for organizations to have full control of the remote devices, install app and perform a test for faster time to market. Getting started with AWS Device Farm is quite easy as it provides 250 device minutes free of cost.
Going forward, AWS with its unrelenting pace of innovation is expanding its product portfolio to reach diverse industries and customers across the globe. But as AWS customers, we really need to validate if we truly are embracing the power of the cloud to drive innovation in our business?
In a nutshell, it is imperative for organizations to understand and adopt the true potential of the cloud to achieve significant business results.