With a net worth of more than 300 billion dollars, Amazon is, arguably, one of the largest companies in the world. The Seattle-based company is best known for its online retail business, whose growth over the years has transformed Amazon into the behemoth that it is today.
In the world of cloud computing, no name is better known than Amazon Web Services. AWS has a wide range of products, all of which are designed to optimize the cloud computing experience.
The ongoing Internet revolution has caused an explosive movement in computing, from the traditional PC-based model, to the rising web-based model.
One of the most notable aspects of AWS is the wide range of cloud-based products that it offers to its clients. These include:
Other products include Internet of Things, Game Development, Application Services and Enterprise Applications.
If you have ever looked around for the best place to host your website, chances are that you would have stumbled upon traditional web hosting names such as HostGator, GoDaddy, bluehost and DreamHost.
There are a number of things that differentiate traditional and cloud-based web hosting. One thing that you need to note, right at the beginning, is that when a company hosts your website under the traditional model, you are essentially leasing space on their servers. Traditional web hosting companies usually offer the following services:
Under shared hosting, you are essentially renting space on the web host’s servers. You get an account that allows you to access the specific set of files that relate to your site.
If you do not like the idea of sharing physical resources with other people, then dedicated hosting is your answer.
Under VPS hosting, you are still sharing the physical infrastructure with other people, with the difference that you get your own Virtual Private Server.
Cloud-based hosting uses what is called Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS.) This is, essentially, composed of a high number of servers that work together in a virtualized environment.
Cloud-based web hosting is notable for its scalability. In this regard, the only thing that limits you is your wallet. With scalability comes unlimited flexibility. You can either increase or decrease the server environment that you are renting without the limitations and constraints that are inherent in traditional web hosting.
Cloud-based services such as AWS maximize redundancy by locating servers in a wide range of geographic environments.
AWS increases redundancy by locating servers in a wide range of geographic locations.
The main question at the beginning of this write-up was: “Is AWS suitable for small businesses?” It is also possible to ask, at this juncture, whether or not cloud-based hosting is available for WordPress.
With traditional web hosting starting at anything around $2 per month, price becomes a big consideration when deciding whether or not to sign up for one or more of AWS’ services.
The fact that Amazon Web Services offers such a wide range of services (over 60), means that you would have to really know what you are doing in order to navigate across the platform. The potential for confusion is just too great for the small player.
Although AWS’s infrastructure is widely dispersed across the globe, there are areas, such as in Africa, where availability is limited. This makes it less compelling for businesses that are based there.
Finally, it is important to note that AWS offers a wide range of hosting solutions, including for WordPress.
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