Does Amazon AWS Make Sense for a Small Business?

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Is there any online business that Amazon is not willing to try its hand at? Starting off humbly as an online bookstore, the company has become a giant in the industry. Today, books are only a very small part of what it offers.

Considering that Amazon has established itself as one of the leading global brands, web hosting services are a natural fit. We’re not talking about simply hosting a few personal and commercial websites, though.

Here’s the thing:

AWS, Amazon’s hosting arm, provides the infrastructure for the Netflix service and, more recently, Go Daddy hosting services. It’s quite a feather in Amazon’s cap to have one of the biggest web hosting sites relying on them for their infrastructure.

But what if your business is somewhat smaller? Is it still worth considering AWS?

In this post, we’ll answer that question.

What’s Good about AWS?

To begin with, you’re dealing with a reliable and well-established firm. You can rent as much space as you like. Should you suddenly need to increase the size of your server, you can do so quickly and easily. With Amazon, all it takes is the time to click through the screens.

Another pro is that you pay as you go. If your business runs from nine to five, that means you only pay while you’re accessing the servers. If you need to run around the clock, there are options to reduce the rates you pay.

Now:  Once you compare this to having to run your own server farm, you’ll see the benefits immediately.

First, you don’t have to waste space on the servers or maintain a clean room environment for them.

Second, you don’t have to worry about the expense of running them. Third, you don’t have to be concerned with maintaining the servers or replacing blown servers. Or the added expense of new equipment when an upgrade is needed, for that matter.

There’s more:  An added plus of the information being stored off-site is that it’s more secure. Your average small business would find it extremely difficult to afford the same cyber-security as Amazon. Also, if your office is burgled or destroyed by fire, you’ll have a backup off-site. Take all of that into account, and it’s clear that AWS hosting is a lot better than a server farm.

Choose from a Wide Range of Services

Storage and web hosting are just the beginning. Signing up for AWS can help you access services that were previously extremely expensive.

Maybe you want extra computing power or would like to develop an AI program? All you have to do is simply sign up for the relevant service and pay only for what you use. There’s no need to worry about a lack of computer infrastructure holding you back.

I Don’t Need Anything Fancy; I Just Need Web Hosting

That’s fine – AWS does that just as well. The advantages of hosting through AWS include:

1.Support across any CMS system. Use Joomla, WordPress, or anything else you like.

2.Worldwide support and data centres. Amazon’s wide range of data centers means that your data will never have to travel far. This, in turn, reduces delays in transmission and receipt of data.

3.Scale up with the click of a mouse. Anything can happen on the web. Maybe that latest post goes viral and crashes your site. With AWS, you can upgrade fast when you need to. You can also downgrade if necessary.

4.Affordable pricing models. The company has kept its pricing simple. You pay for what you use – there are no upfront fees and no contracts to get locked into.

5.You’re able to try out most of the services for free.

Web hosting

Which Option Is Best for Me?

The website hosting options have also been simplified.

Here’s the deal:

SimpleHosting: This is the most basic option, where only one web server is required. It can run any content management system, a development stack, or an e-commerce store. Simple hosting is best for sites with smaller or moderate traffic. It’s a particularly good fit for sites where content is updated regularly. If you have a content site, blog, or marketing website, this will work fine.

Scalability here is limited to 5 servers at most. This allows you to manage your server and any resources yourself.

Single Page App Hosting: A single page app site is straightforward. It’s simplified, cost-effective to run, highly reliable, and fast loading.

What’s not to like?

Single page app hosting would work best for sites based on app frameworks like Angular JS or static site generators like React-static. This is a good idea if your site doesn’t have server-side scripting in its makeup such as ASP.NET.

What’s more: It’s a good fit for sites where the backend is serverless.

 

Simple Static Website Hosting

Static sites don’t need to use any server-side code such as ASP.Net. They are simple sites that are reliable, low cost, and easily scaled once traffic increases. This type of hosting is often used for personal or marketing websites. Now: If all you want is a basic site that doesn’t have to be changed often, this could be the just thing for you. It’s also a great option if you need to scale up your site quickly. The infrastructure of the site here is managed for you.

Enterprise Web Hosting

A simple site is all well and good, but it may not be enough. If you need a site that requires a lot of applications, this is what you should go for. Take Udemy, for example. The site needs to allow patrons to browse and play courses, sign up for deals, make purchases, and so on. It’s a complex number of elements that must work together seamlessly.

Here’s the thing:  These sites need to be able to scale resources as and when needed. They cannot afford to crash. If you have a high-traffic site, you need an option that allows the site to upscale itself when necessary. So, this is a good idea if you require several different servers and data centers. If you need dynamic scaling options like autoscaling or load balancing in particular, this is the one to choose.

What’smore:  It’s great if your site needs a lot of CPU to run. It’s also ideal for those who like to be able to manage their own resources and sites.

FinalNotes

There’s no question that AWS offers a valuable service. Is it right for your business? That depends on what you want from your site. We do like the flexibility of the service. On the other hand, some options would be difficult for the IT-newbie to manage. At the end of the day, you’ll just need to think it over carefully and see what works best for you!

 

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