By Ric Riddle



More than 300 million people already trust their IT to Amazon Web Services (AWS). And now that AWS Direct Connect has made it possible to connect AWS resources to other hosted or on-premise infrastructure, that number is set to explode.

But what’s the draw? When should you use AWS instead of another cloud – or another type of infrastructure altogether?

It’s a good question, and worth noting that AWS is much more than just storage. It consists of dozens of cloud services that Codero can leverage as part of your greater hybrid multi-cloud strategy.

Here are a few of the services our customers use most:

1. Compute – Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon EC2 provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud that makes web-scale computing easier for developers. It’s reliable, secure, and integratable with other Amazon services.

One big perk is that Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to launch new server instances to minutes, so we can quickly scale your capacity up or down, as fast and furiously as your computing requirements change. Pay only for capacity that you actually use, and give your developers the tools to build failure-resilient applications in an environment that is isolated from common failure scenarios.

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2. Storage – Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

If you work with big data (and chances are, you do), you need storage that can keep up. Amazon S3 is object storage you can use as primary storage for cloud-native applications, backup storage, or a "data lake" for analytics.

It enables you to securely store and retrieve even massive amounts of data from anywhere, including websites, mobile apps, IoT devices, and other data sources. Moreover, Amazon S3 provides query-in-place functionality, so you can run powerful analytics directly on your data at rest.

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3. Long-Term Storage – Amazon Glacier

When it comes to data archival, our customers enjoy the durability and cost effectiveness of Amazon Glacier. It provides query-in-place functionality so you can run analytics directly on your archive data at rest. You can also perform expedited retrievals to access archived data within 1-5 minutes.

This is AWS’ lowest cost storage class, so it’s ideal for retaining big data over a long period of time without blowing your budget.

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4. Content Delivery – Amazon CloudFront

CloudFront is a global content delivery network (CDN) service that leverages Amazon’s global data center network to route requests for your content to the nearest of AWS’s 55 edge locations, so content is delivered with the best possible performance.

CloudFront software works seamlessly with Amazon S3, EC2 and other services like AWS Shield for DDoS mitigation and Lambda@Edge, which enables you to run custom code close to your viewers. And importantly, you pay only for what you use with no long-term commitments and no premiums for dynamic content, making it a powerful and affordable CDN.

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5. Database – Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks for Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.

It gives you a relationship database service that’s highly scalable, secure, fast, and durable so your data is always there when you need it.

AWS is a truly robust product suite that’s growing and evolving all the time. Amazon is investing heavily to help companies take advantage of emerging technologies like machine learning, IoT, and advanced analytics, making AWS a great suite to include in your stack.

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Want to see what AWS can do for you?

Talk to our sales team to find out which AWS services make sense as part of your hybrid multi-cloud strategy. Our team is focused on helping you solve IT challenges and architect the technology you need to stay competitive and thrive in the cloud on your own terms.

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