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Why AWS is useful for your business.

Here at the YBI we are all about using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and we encourage our portfolio companies to take advantage of some of AWS’ resources. In this Guest Blog, Gil Artmoore explains why AWS is useful for your business.

Amazon Web Services is a highly-reliable cloud-based infrastructure platform being used by thousands of businesses around the world as the backbone of their websites and web-based applications.

There’s plenty of reasons why big name companies like Pinterest, Netflix, Expedia, and LinkedIn rely on their services to operate.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how AWS can be useful for your business. Regardless of whether you’re a small organization or a mid-sized enterprise, there is something to AWS that will definitely benefit your business in the long run.

Benefits of AWS for Your Business

1. Less Upfront Costs

AWS has over 100 tools that you can get separately, based on your business requirements. This means you don’t need to invest money setting up numerous servers months in advance.

Simply choose the services that your business requires and scale as you go along. The best part is that you’re not getting into these services blindly –AWS has free tier access of up to one year which allows you to get a good feel of their tools.

Pay only for the ones that you know you will use and eliminate those that don’t serve a purpose in your business

2. Use Only the Resources You Need

No more having to feel guilty wasting idle resources or feeling anxious that your storage capacity might not be enough.

With AWS, you don’t need to guess how much capacity your business needs. Their pricing system requires that you only pay as you go based on usage, and should you need to reduce or increase capacity, you can do so with just a few clicks.

This is very useful for business owners who worry about overpaying for storage and cloud processing. AWS’ commitment-free model allows you to be cost-efficient by only spending on what you need –not even for a month but only for every hour that you use.

3. Easy Data Management

AWS data is housed in different regions all over the world. Its cloud-based system means you’re able to access your data in just a matter of minutes.

No more having to set up and maintain your own servers. That’s just more stress and money out of your pocket. Instead, you can leave it to the experts at AWS who will ensure the infrastructure your business is running efficiently.

4. Better Security

Again, why do it yourself when there are experts who can do a better job than you? Not to mention, they do it at a cost that won’t hurt your budget.

Being entrusted with the infrastructure of many Fortune 500 companies, you can be assured that your data with AWS is secure. They have a very robust security system that gives you enough peace of mind to focus on your business.

In addition, you can customize your own infrastructure security by giving very specific access to each member and tracking each user’s changes. And should any problems arise, you can contract their data experts who are available 24/7.

5. Data Agility and Resilience

Sometimes, it takes months for your developers to create the “homebrew” resources required by your business. Then you run the risk of those innovations failing.

With AWS, you can run your business significantly faster as the tools you need are just a click away. And because Amazon is a global leader with AWS having more than a decade in experience, you can rest knowing that your business’ infrastructure is running efficiently and securely.

6. User-Friendly

The adoption of foreign tools and services can often be a source of frustration in your business. AWS is very flexible in a way that they give you the freedom to choose which database, programming language, and operating system you can use.

This means your team members are not forced to learn something that they are not familiar with. By having the ability to customize these tools based on your needs, you can continue running your business without wasting time.

All you really need to think about is best practices, which can be done by a trusted consultant who will check your systems making sure it is running on AWS best practices.

From the Guest Blogger: Gil Artmoore

“I’ve spent the past decade working various roles in IT departments for many businesses, small and large. Recently, I started writing out the things I’ve learned, experienced, and witnessed in the small business/tech world during my career. I am eager to share my insights with the rest of the world.