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Advantages of AWS | disadvantages of AWS,Amazon Web Services

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of AWS (Amazon Web Services). It mentions AWS advantages or benefits and AWS disadvantages or drawbacks.

We have seen cloud computing which use remote servers available on the internet in order to store, manage and process data instead of local server or your personal PC. It helps in solving basic limitations of traditional website hosting. This is due to following benefits of cloud computing.
• Users do not require to buy expensive servers. The data can be put on cloud servers.
• The server capacity grows based on traffic load automatically. Hence users need not have to worry about scalability of the servers.
• The management and maintenance of servers are taken care by cloud providers.

AWS is introduced in the cloud computing market by Amazon. The other platforms are Azure Sphere by Microsoft, Bluemix by IBM cloud and other in-house platforms. AWS occupies about 31% of global cloud computing market share and offers about 6 times server capacity compare to its competitors.

What is AWS?

• It is secure cloud services platform which offers services in various domain areas such as migration, compute, networking and content delivery, messaging, storage, database, security & identity and management tools.
• It offers global cloud platform which is used by 80% of fortune 500 companies.
• It offers Infrastructure as service, Platform as service, software as service and cloud storage platform.

AWS Domain Services

AWS offers following services to support various domain areas as listed above.
• EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud)
• VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
• S3 (Simple Storage Service)
• RDS (Relational Database Service)
• Route 53
• ELB (Elastic Load Balancing)
• Autoscaling

Benefits or advantages of AWS

Following are the benefits or advantages of AWS:
➨It offers easy to sign up process and easy to use UI (User Interface) or Management Console. Moreover all the AWS services are well documented for beginners.
➨It offers simple billing with dynamic options as per need including per hour billing, region specific pricing, term specific pricing etc.
➨Amazon is trusted vendor and ensures stability of services.
➨AWS services are available at global scale which covers about 15 regions which include US, Europe and Asia pacific. There are multiple availability zones in each of these regions. Moreover it offers massive data centers.
➨The Amazon is working towards adding new services in all the domains every day. Hence users will get access to new services as and when they are available.
➨Amazon continuously focuses on machine learning, SAAS (Software as a Service) products and reduction in the costs of their services.
➨Like other cloud computing platforms, AWS offers no limitations on capacity, offers speed and agility, secure and reliable environment and so on.

Drawbacks or disadvantages of AWS

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of AWS:
➨There are limits on resources available on Amazon EC2 and Amazon VPC console. However one can request to increase the same.
➨There are limitations on security features. For example, EC-2 classic supports max. 500 per instance and each group supports max. of 100 permissions. Moreover EC2 VPC supports max. 100 groups per VPC.
➨There is technical support fees which vary as per different packages which include developers, businesses and entreprises.
➨There are generic cloud computing drawbacks such as internet dependency, security concerns and so on, refer disadvantages of Cloud Computing >> for more information.

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