6 Reasons To Switch To Amazon Web Services

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Is your company still deploying workloads into on-premises data centres? Maybe your company has already migrated to a cloud platform, but you've found it sometimes offers less than what you expected. If you're exploring your options for a move to the cloud or you've questioned your choice, it may be time for a change in strategy. We talked to six entrepreneurs who offered their thoughts on some of the most compelling reasons startups should switch to Amazon Web Services.

Elasticity

Benjamin Aronson, the Founder of FinancePond, says that one of AWS's primary features is its ability to extend compute power automatically based on demand.

"The elasticity that cloud computing gives is one of the most significant advantages of shifting to it. IT departments are no longer forced to estimate their computing requirements; instead, capacity can be expanded or decreased at any time. Gone are the days of spending a big amount of money on a large server in preparation for a project, only to find that only a portion of the server is actually being used. When a physical server reaches capacity, businesses no longer have to rush to back up files or move them into archives to create room for new initiatives. Instead, AWS provides a web interface via which computer power and data storage may be readily modified."

Benjamin Aronson, FinancePond

Enhanced Cost Management

According to Sep Niakan, Managing Broker at Condo BlackBook, AWS will do wonders for your wallet. The IaaS model shifts IT costs from capital expenditure (CapEx) to operational expenditure (OpEx).

"The IaaS platform offers two significant cost-cutting advantages. The first is that an IaaS like Amazon Web Services can be subscribed on a monthly basis. Instead of having to ensure that big sums of money are available for massive, on-time IT system upgrades or overhauls, businesses can spread their IT expenses over a 12-month period. Another advantage is that it eliminates the need to continue purchasing and maintaining physical hardware, lowering IT costs while reducing cooling and electricity use."

Sep Niakan, Condo BlackBook

Scalable Costs

Darsh Somashekar, the Founder and CEO of Solitaired and Spider Solitaire Challenge, explains the budget-friendly way AWS's pay-as-you-go model means you pay only for what you use.

"The cloud, especially AWS, is well-known for its scalability. AWS is especially advantageous for medium organizations that experience peak and off-peak seasons. When IT services are hosted in-house, IT costs remain constant regardless of the number of resources required. These service expenses rise when you use cloud services - particularly AWS. When you're in the middle of your busy season, costs increase in lockstep with revenue growth. During off-peak seasons, expenditures are lowered because these resources are no longer required, and revenue is decreased. This form of cost scalability increases an IT budget's efficiency."

Darsh Somashekar, Solitaired/Spider Solitaire Challenge

Affordable for Startups

Somashekar also appreciates that with AWS, you can start small and scale up effortlessly, making it a good resource for startup businesses.

"AWS's cost-effectiveness is not solely due to its scalability. Additionally, it has a minimal entry cost. This means that even a small business may take use of some of the cloud's benefits without investing thousands of dollars in initial equipment. Anyone who has constructed a network from the ground up is well aware of the high cost of servers, networking equipment, and configuration time. With AWS, a business may begin with a small budget and gradually increase its costs as it grows. AWS is a comprehensive infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform, which enables organizations to introduce any number of servers, software, and hardware without incurring the significant upfront costs associated with purchasing equipment."

Darsh Somashekar, Solitaired/Spider Solitaire Challenge

Wide Adoption and Robust Community

Keeton Alder, CEO of Zampi, made the switch to AWS about a year ago. Because AWS is the largest cloud provider, it's easy to find help and solutions when troubleshooting an issue.

"We decided to go with AWS because of the high volume of resources out on the market. For example, if our team got stuck with a particular resource the odds are good to find a tutorial or to bring in an outside consultant who could move us forward."

Keeton Alder, Zampi

Flexibility

Jesse David Thé, CEO of Tauria, began his cloud journey on Microsoft Azure but moved to Amazon Web Services and never looked back. AWS is more intuitive to him and offers features that are second to none.

"AWS feels so easy to use and offers so many great features that I just couldn't let go by. AWS has 81 availability zones [at the time of writing] that make data storing much more convenient and cost-effective. Besides, Amazon Web Services offers outstanding flexibility by letting you select the programming model or development platform that suits you and your business' purposes the best as well as allowing you to use the programming languages and operating systems you are already familiar with so there's no time-wasting in learning how to use something completely unknown. All in all, a great cloud service that I can see myself using for years to come."

Jesse David Thé, Tauria

Choosing the right cloud platform can be challenging, but it will make all the difference for your business. Want to know more about AWS, or are you ready to make the switch? Contact Pilotcore for a consultation.