3 Common Business Problems solved by AWS Cloud
Business leaders know all too well the long list of challenges involved in taking any business to the next level. Cash flow, human resources, infrastructure, growing marketing spend, refining or expanding on processes, and company culture are just a few of the many considerations. One particularly important challenge is choosing the right software and tools early on, to allow your business to provide its products or services efficiently and cost-effectively.
One of the greatest ways to achieve reliable and harmonious business practices is to ensure the technological infrastructure that your business is built upon is carefully planned to not only cater to your immediate business needs but also to be flexible for future growth.
Cloud computing services are more popular than ever before, and even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, have continued to grow just as steadily. Below, we’ve outlined 5 common business problems that are solved by migration to AWS cloud. If you’ve been considering the potential advantages of AWS for your business, read on!
Common problem: Convoluted/expensive/unnecessary services within pre-packaged traditional hosting plans.
With traditional hosting services, products tend to be pre-packaged with a selection of commonly required services as well as tiered/set resources. As a business grows larger and requires more heavy-duty online infrastructure, the cost of pre-packaged services can become much more expensive than it needs to be. That is because you may not be using some of the inclusions provided with these services, or require less of one resource or more of another. Pre-packaged service pricing also generally has factored in the cost of software licences needed to deliver all of the inclusions offered. If you’re not using these services, why should you be paying for them?
How AWS cloud computing services solves this: With AWS cloud hosting, each individual service is billed separately, and charges are based on different metrics such as the number of hours or seconds a service is online, or how much data transfer takes place. This allows a business to have very granular control over where they are directing their spend, as well as offering the ability to avoid paying for service inclusions that they are simply not using.
Common problem: Cost creep over time.
Cost creep is a common problem both in traditional hosting services and cloud computing services. As your business grows and evolves, your online infrastructure may need access to more services, features or integrations, as well as more computing resources. Each of these things almost always comes with an additional cost.
How AWS cloud computing services solves this: Between traditional hosting services and cloud computing, cloud is the only one that offers a plethora of ways to prevent, monitor and even reverse cost creep over time. Cost creep is a common occurrence for many businesses, especially in the early deployment stages when traffic is the least predictable and resource requirements are difficult to allocate in advance. This is something that can be greatly improved over time as usage data becomes available, along with traffic and resource usage patterns of your website or application. With proper maintenance and the utilisation of AWS reserved instances (which can provide the same resources at a greatly lower cost), there are many opportunities to minimise, and even reverse cost creep over time with cloud services.
Common problem: Infrastructure that offers a lack of horizontal scaling.
Horizontal scaling can translate to cost efficiencies, by adding or removing computing resources, and only paying for them while you are actually using them. For example, say you were running a food delivery application where you required a lot of computing resources to handle traffic during the lunch and dinner rush. If you were to purchase a computing instance with enough power to handle the rush hour, that might become an expensive waste of resources to still be running when business is quiet at 4 am. This is where horizontal scaling can come in to maximise efficiency through the addition and reduction of additional computing power, as needed.
Traditional hosting services rarely offer horizontal scalability, meaning you will be overpaying for resources or services that you aren’t utilising a lot of the time.
How AWS cloud computing services solves this: AWS offers powerful options when it comes to horizontally scaling computing power on demand. Scaling horizontally means adding additional computing instances to support an application running on an existing instance, as needed.
One of the greatest advantages of cloud computing services such as AWS is that their range of services are billed by the amount of time you are using them. So horizontal scaling can translate to cost efficiencies, by adding or removing computing resources, and only paying for them while you are actually using them.