Tips for using Amazon Web Services 

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Although Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides great services, it’s still important to have your own backup strategy in place in case there are any issues that arise with your account, servers, or data. Here are some tips on how to use AWS the best way possible while staying safe and keeping your data secure. As the lead cloud computing platform, AWS is the primary profit driver for Amazon, so you don’t want to have any negative impacts on your business due to an error that could have been avoided. 


What are AWS services? 

Amazon web services or AWS is a collection of remote computing services, also called web services. These services offer a broad set of functionality including compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services and many more. AWS has grown over thirteen years to where it accounts for over 60% of all cloud infrastructure service revenue. One of the reasons why people use AWS so much is because it’s cheap.  

How much does it cost? 

With AWS, there are multiple pricing structures. Depending on your needs, you can pay by hour of usage (buying a service such as Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud), by amount of data stored or transferred, or by number of instances created. But even if you choose to pay hourly or based on bandwidth, it will be difficult to spend more than $10 per month, and some services have free tiers that you can use to try out various features. The cost is so low because AWS operates on micro-billing. This means it charges very small amounts of money so small that most people don’t notice them individually. 

What type of account do I need? 

AWS provides several different account types, but it’s difficult to pin down which type is best. It all depends on what you need and your business model. If you’re building a true startup, then we recommend going with a micro account. These are often free and if not, they cost very little. But as you grow, you may want to upgrade to other account types that give you more storage or higher compute power per dollar spent. Choosing an AWS account type is one of those decisions that must be made based on your specific business needs. There isn’t one right answer for everyone. 

Choosing Between EC2 and S3 

EC2 and S3 are two of AWS’s biggest services. Both are made up of parts (called resources), and both can be used to run applications (you can even connect one to another). Which you choose depends on your business needs, but there is one easy way to decide: Do you want your data in physical locations that sit under a single legal entity? If yes, go with S3. If not, use EC2. There are plenty of other factors, but they’re secondary next to that primary consideration. For example, if your data is sensitive or customer-critical and must reside within a country or region, you may have fewer options with EC2 than with S3. 

What Type of Operating System Works Best on an EC2 Server? 

EC2 instances, based on Amazon Linux, Ubuntu, or Windows images, can be run as either a Windows or Linux server. You should choose an operating system according to your business needs. For example, some organizations are locked into Cloud infrastructure; in those cases you’ll likely want to run your EC2 instances on Windows Server 2008 R2 images. On the other hand, if you’re not tied to any particular operating system and need freedom of choice when it comes to open source software development environments and languages then running EC2 instances on Amazon Linux is more sensible. 

What Kind of Storage Should I Use in the Cloud? 

Based on how long you need to retain your data, there are two types of storage strategies: a pay-as-you-go option or one that requires long-term commitments. Keep in mind that there may be compatibility issues when mixing and matching among AWS offerings. If you’re going to be storing a large amount of data, it is often more cost effective to use Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) instead of Elastic Block Store (EBS). While EBS volumes are typically faster than S3 buckets, they also have a higher price point. However, if you need access to multiple regions in S3, such as its new GovCloud region in the U.S., then EBS may be your best bet. 

Security Concerns with Cloud Computing 

When you use a cloud computing platform, your data is stored on servers that are not owned by you. Since your business relies on its data, security is a top concern. You’ll have to ensure that your organization has strong password protection and encryption in place. Additionally, you should be wary of trusting all suppliers equally. Many smaller cloud computing companies have been found to put less priority on privacy than larger ones do. Use AWS only when absolutely necessary and minimize access to everything else from external users and websites whenever possible. For example, make sure users encrypt their passwords, don’t store sensitive data (such as payment information) with AWS storage, and don’t build applications that depend solely on resources hosted by AWS. 

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