Amazon Web Services include a range of more than 30 different cloud-based hosting, computing, database, and management services that are practically unmatched in terms of versatility, raw power, and price. AWS is used by some of the most popular sites and services on the web, including Netflix, Reddit, and Spotify but has also proven to be indispensable for startups looking for scalable tools and services.
We recently released a 5.25 hour Amazon Web Services tutorial video course to help you get started with the available technologies, but in case you are still trying to decide if you need AWS, we’ve checked in with course author Rich Morrow to give you 5 reasons why you should at the very least try it out.
1. It can grow as you do. Scalability is the word of the day. Whether you are using Amazon S3 storage or any of the bandwidth-intensive data services, you pay for only what you use. Small businesses can pay small business prices, while larger companies pay more. But as you’re transitioning from the startup stage to massive success and popularity, Amazon services are ready to handle the extra load, with no hardware purchases or hurdles in your way.
You’ve also got access an array of tracking and analysis tools that become more important as your company grows.
2. Its performance is unbeatable. Are you prepared to set up a massive data center in your office with the latest server and networking hardware, as well as the required security layers required to keep your information safe? AWS does all of that for you. Even if your current demands are minimal, you will benefit from the uptime and throughput standards Amazon sets for its most resource-heavy customers, without having to pay more for it.
Video and file hosting, database, web, and email servers set up through AWS are faster in processing, more reliable, and faster for authorized third parties to connect to due to Amazon’s extraordinary infrastructure throughout the world.
4. The cost is cheap and getting cheaper. Through optimization, upgrades, and a growing user base, Amazon’s infrastructure has become more affordable for the company on a per user basis, and it has eagerly passed down these savings to its customers.
They have just announced their 42nd price drop since 2008, across multiple service categories. They hold up these reductions as a point of pride, for attracting new customers and retaining those already using their array of services.
5. Getting started is free. If you’re not exactly sure whether AWS is right for your company, app, or project, they’ll let you try it out and experiment for at least a year (with no time limit for some services).
The free tier provides enough free access that you can ascertain whether the services will fit your needs and so you can learn the technology. “It’s completely possible to put up a database-driven small-time blog or website on AWS for 100% free,” according to Rich Morrow, author of our AWS beginners course.