Amazon Web Services is the undisputed leader in cloud computing. Sure, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud Computing, and a handful of others are trying to give Amazon a run for their money. However, Amazon is still king. Heck, they even popularized the phrase “cloud computing.”
But how did they get there? Surely, one does not get to rule a multi-billion dollar branch of the IT industry overnight. And they didn’t. AWS had to put in over a decade of hard work.
The infographic below, made by Nick, the chief technical analyst of the Hosting Tribunal, a site specialized in reviewing hosting providers and their performance, gives a timeline of AWS’s development and some of the most important features. We will only mention a few things that put AWS at the top.
We can begin by saying Amazon got a healthy head start. They launched AWS in 2002 and their first service went online in 2004. This was 8 years before Microsoft Azure came out—talk of starting ahead of the competition!
Today, AWS offers a lot more than a simple hosting service. In fact, they feature over a hundred different solutions. You can combine their services according to your needs. That makes them appealing for any business looking to operate on the cloud.
Also, the AWS data centers are spread over different continents. Add to this strong teams of experts and it’s clear how AWS provides tremendous security. It practically guarantees the safety of your operations.
AWS’s console is intuitive and easy to use. Even beginners have few problems working in it. There is an option for access via the AWS mobile app so you can manage the services from anywhere.
One of the main features of AWS is scalability. You don’t have to change your contract if you want more storage space or more computing power. You also don’t have to worry about overbuying resources.
With scalable computing, you can adjust any resource to match your needs. And you only pay for what you use. This doesn’t always work as advertised with other providers, but AWS certainly gets it right.
You can even scale resources up or down in the span of a single day—there’s no waiting time. If you host a website on AWS, you can boot new server instances during the peak hours and then terminate them at low periods. This solves any traffic spikes issues without making you waste money on unused resources.
This scalability makes AWS cheaper than investing in your own infrastructure. So, if you’re looking for a model that’s user-friendly, secure, affordable, and is sure to have the solution for your needs, AWS is for you.
If you’re interested, check out the infographic below for more useful info on AWS.