Cloud-Computing with Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services (AWS) was founded in 2006 and has since become the market leader for IT services in the form of cloud services, today collectively referred to as cloud computing. The AWS cloud eliminates the need to deploy conventional hardware servers found in traditional data centers. Instead, users can quickly deploy multiple virtual servers. Services such as load balancers, separate networks, database services and cloud storage are also available. Today, AWS Cloud Hosting offers a highly reliable, scalable, and cost-effective cloud infrastructure that serves customers in 190 countries around the world.
Here you will find a short summary of the most important AWS components:
- Amazon EC2 - The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) service allows you to run instances of virtual machines across multiple operating systems. You can choose from existing Amazon (AMI) machine images or import your own VM images.
- Amazon VPC - Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) service allows you to provide a private, isolated AWS cloud partition (separate networks) to run AWS services and other resources in a custom virtual network. You have full control over your virtual network environment. Among other things, you can select your own private IP address range, create subnets, set up routing tables and network gateways.
- AWS CloudFormation - AWS CloudFormation provides an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources and to deploy and update them in an organized and transparent manner.
- AWS Auto-Scaling - Auto-Scaling helps maintain performance and respond to capacity changes by automatically expanding or minimizing an EC2 fleet.
- Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) - The AWS Load Balancer automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple EC2 instances.
- Amazon ElastiCache - Amazon ElastiCache is a service that facilitates the provision of data storage in RAM. The service improves the performance of web applications. In this way, information can be retrieved from the fast RAM instead of relying exclusively on the slightly slower hard disk databases.
- Amazon EFS provides a simple, secure and easily scalable file store for use with EC2 instances.
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is an Internet-based computing service that networks large groups of servers to provide centralized data storage and online access to a variety of compute-intensive services and resources. With cloud computing, enterprises can share computing and storage resources instead of building their own infrastructure.
There are three types of clouds: public, private and hybrid clouds:
- Public Cloud: In a public cloud, a third-party provider makes computing power and storage available to its customers via the Internet. The service provider is responsible for the maintenance and security of customer data and the associated infrastructure.
- Private Cloud: A private cloud is created by a company for its own use and used only by the company that created the cloud. Only the owner has access to the private cloud.
- Hybrid Cloud: A hybrid cloud is a combination of a private and a public cloud. The decision to operate a hybrid cloud typically depends on several parameters, such as the sensitivity of data and applications, industry certificates, and the required standards, rules, etc. With the ability to make data both private and public, the hybrid cloud offers enterprises more flexibility and more ways to deliver data.
Cloud service models
There are three types of service models in the cloud: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service): IaaS is the base layer that provides users with access to computing power, storage and network connectivity. In order to use these resources for their own purposes, customers must be technically proficient or hire an cloud technology expert (as in the case of managed cloud hosting). The customer has the highest level of flexibility and resource management compared to PaaS and SaaS. An example of IaaS is AWS.
- PaaS (Platform as a Service): With this variant, the PaaS service provider offers its users a certain flexibility and relieves them of maintenance work on the underlying layer. This means that the customer does not have to manage the layer of infrastructure such as operating system, runtime environment, software updates and patches himself - this is what the PaaS service provider does. The client uses the PaaS components provided to create and test its own applications. The underlying services, resource availability and data protection are completely taken over by the service provider, which helps customers focus on the functionality of their applications. An example of PaaS is Heroku.
- SaaS (Software as a Service): As the name suggests, third-party vendors provide applications/software to users that have some application-level management capabilities, such as the ability to create and manage users. Some customization is also possible, e.g. customers can add their own company logos, colors, etc. Basically, SaaS is the release to use a specific software where the vendor takes care of all service areas such as network, storage, server management, firewalls and ultimately the application itself. Accordingly, with this type of cloud, the customer has no control over the resources under the application. Examples are Google Apps and Dropbox.
On the basis of this information, it is clear that AWS belongs to the IaaS group. When a user (or his administrator/service provider) works with an EC2 instance, he is responsible for the application, the data, and the choice of operating system. In turn, AWS assumes responsibility for the storage, networking and virtualization of the cloud infrastructure.
Managed cloud hosting in the AWS IaaS-Cloud
Managed cloud hosting is suitable for demanding business customers who typically need more resources and storage to run an e-commerce application because they do not get the same performance or only at significantly higher prices in traditional data centers. AWS offers customized ISO-certified infrastructure solutions for cloud hosting. Your managed cloud hosting partner has the experience to help you analyze, consult and implement a server environment that is right for your e-commerce business. Benefit from high standards and professional support to keep you free in your core business.
We take the time to understand your needs and requirements in detail and work with you to find the best solution for you. Whether we're building a single-server or multi-server environment for you, we have the support you need to manage your mission-critical cloud services.
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With Amazon Web Services (AWS), you benefit from a powerful, fast, highly available, scalable and cost-effective cloud infrastructure that already powers worldwide hundreds of thousands online-stores.
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