Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Infor partner since 2014, is one of the leading cloud services platforms in the world. Encompassing a wide array of data storage capabilities, security features, and crucial business functionalities, it has amassed a network of customers in nearly two dozen regions around the world. These organizations have called upon AWS to facilitate all of their cloud computing needs, from application building to disaster recovery.
AWS also has become well known for its infrastructure offerings, which are delivered through the cloud and available through a “pay-as-you-go” model. This agile cloud infrastructure is home to an ever-increasing number of features with functionalities for nearly any business need. From small businesses to large enterprises, public sector entities of all sizes can access services that will help them to adapt to evolving demands.
Read on to take a deeper look at AWS and some of the most important things that you should know about it.
It began as an e-commerce site.
Amazon initially launched AWS with far humbler aspirations than to turn it into one of the world’s biggest cloud platforms. It debuted in July 2002 under the name merchant.com, an e-commerce site designed to serve the needs of retailers. Those that were looking to make product sales online could build their own websites in seconds by adding their inventory to the platform.
However, Amazon soon identified a need to improve their oversight of the retail infrastructure on their site. Two employees, Benjamin Black and Chris Pinkham, co-wrote a paper that outlined improvements that Amazon could make to this infrastructure. These changes included automation of the infrastructure itself and the utilization of web services. Their most ambitious idea highlighted the concept of allowing clients to access virtual servers by selling them “as a service.”
As such, Amazon ultimately reimagined merchant.com as AWS, which it introduced in 2006 with only a small group of cloud services. The company has continued to incorporate additional services over the years.
It’s now dominating the cloud market.
Though it began quite small, AWS has since grown into a dominant force within the cloud computing sphere. According to a 2018 cloud infrastructure market report from Canalys, AWS’ market share rose 49 percent during the first quarter of the year. With more than 30 percent of the total market shares, it boasts a revenue nearly twice that of its nearest competitor.
This pattern is reflective of the last several years, over which time AWS has maintained about a third of global market shares with little fluctuation. What’s more, the platform will only continue to grow as its network of managed service partners (MSPs) expands and brings in additional business.
It boasts cloud services for nearly any business need.
AWS has built a list of products that can help its cloud users accomplish any task in any area of business. In the realm of traditional data storage, the platform offers basic, scalable services that allow users to establish as much as 5GB of data backups. AWS customers can also manage their cloud backups through the centralized AWS Backup solution.
For customers who need storage for the long term, AWS also features Amazon S3 Glacier services. This setup is ideal for those with volumes of data that go untouched for long periods of time, allowing them to save money while ensuring the safety of their files.
Aside from its many other traditional cloud services, such as analytics, security, and data migration, AWS has incorporated several cutting-edge cloud technologies. From artificial intelligence to robotics, these products are keeping AWS at the forefront of the cloud market.
Many of AWS’ products are built for collaboration with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a service that allows companies to scale their cloud infrastructure securely and with ease. EC2 serves as the host for users’ software, making it easy to provision server instances and adjust their resources on demand.
Aurora is growing more rapidly than any other AWS service.
As cloud users have moved their databases to AWS, the platform has seen enormous growth among its own enterprise database offerings. Most notably, Amazon Aurora has emerged as the go-to tool for businesses looking to overhaul their traditional databases. So many cloud users are turning to Aurora that it has seen the fastest growth of any AWS product, as mentioned in an AWS News Blog post from Jeff Barr.
A relational database engine, Amazon Aurora combines the benefits of enterprise and open-source databases while eliminating the challenges surrounding the purchase, installation, and maintenance of these resources. More efficient than MySQL databases, Aurora reduces latency and guarantees its users excellent performance. The service also allows customers to scale up their database instances as needed, without compromising their availability.
Your team can obtain AWS certification.
The use of cloud services comes with a need for your team to develop the capabilities to manage such an environment. AWS allows your employees to validate their cloud skills by obtaining one of its many certifications, which highlight both the theory behind cloud use and hands-on expertise. With AWS certification, your employees will demonstrate their ability to work efficiently within the cloud and lead all your projects therein.
To this end, AWS helps users prepare for their certification exams by providing learning materials for the type of certification they are seeking. Depending on their role within your organization, they can pursue Operations, Architect, Cloud Practitioner, or Developer certifications. AWS also offers more specialized certifications, which are beneficial for those with more advanced technical capabilities.