Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Why use Amazon AWS

Why Use Amazon Web Services?

Battle-Tested Web Services

Amazon has spent over a decade and $2 billion building the infrastructure, technical knowledge, and operational excellence to operate a world class web-scale computing platform. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has now released a variety of web services (programmatic access to its open APIs) that provide access to Amazon's robust infrastructure, easily and inexpensively. These fundamental services allow developers and their companies to build web applications in a reliable, scalable, and cost-effective manner.

Web-Scale Computing

Amazon Web Services enables web-scale computing by providing access to an established infrastructure that gives you flexibility to run your business at "web-scale" -- uninhibited by growth and demand.

Characteristics of web-scale computing:

  • Scalability and elasticity - scale both up or down
  • Fast response time
  • 24/7 availability
  • Rock solid reliability

Pay For What You Use

With AWS offerings, you only pay for what you use. You can dynamically scale your system up and down depending on immediate requirements and only pay for resources when you need them. This means there are no upfront costs, so your developers can get started using web services without huge investment. Developers don't need to give up equity or incur huge capital expenses, because costs scale along with usage.

Focus on Your Idea

Free up your most valuable resource: time. We estimate that businesses spend approximately 70% of their time building and maintaining and worrying about infrastructure but only 30% of their time focused on the ideas that will propel their business forward.

Don't spend time worrying about scaling data centers, buying hardware, negotiating lease contracts, or dealing with downed servers. Amazon Web Services takes care of those issues and does the "heavy lifting". By shifting the focus from managing infrastructure to driving your business, you are able to concentrate on what matters most to your business -- product innovation, differentiation, and go-to-market strategies. This business approach levels the playing field so everyone can now compete on ideas, not resources.

Who's Using AWS?

A growing community of 330,000+ developers, start-ups, and established companies are building robust applications using AWS solutions. Read the Success Stories from AWS customers across a variety of vertical markets and explore the Solutions Catalog to experience the breadth of solutions that can be built with our services.

How Can I Get Started?

  1. Create an Amazon Web Services account and receive our monthly newsletter.
  2. Browse our services to learn about the infrastructure solutions, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  3. Sign up for individual services by clicking the Sign Up for Web Service button on the relevant service detail page.
  4. Start building! Explore the AWS Developer Connection to access our Developer Forums, Resource Center, and to learn about co-marketing opportunities.

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