Software hosting: a logical evolution of business growth
Software hosting defined
Any software that is installed or accessed entirely from a remote server not on your property is considered hosted software. This is mostly hosted and managed by a third-party provider. User access the software globally via the internet.
Hosted software is also known as SaaS (software-as-a-service) in the cloud computing model. Users do not have the software loaded on their computers but access it through their web browser instead.
Cloud computing is a great way for companies to have low variable costs that only scale with the business. Instead of investing in data-centers and servers, you pay only for what computer resources are consumed.
Focus your priorities on projects that differentiate your business, not the infrastructure. Your customer centric focus is now better managed and will benefit in a shorter length of time from concept to implementation.
You would no longer need to guess about your capacity and whether the infrastructure in place can handle it. Cloud computing scales up or down in line with your business cycle demands.
You can easily deploy your application, upgrade, improvements globally to multiple regions almost instantly. Your customer satisfaction remains strong with minimal impact.
AWS stands for Amazon Web Services, otherwise commonly referred to as cloud computing today. Since its inception as a public test in 2006, AWS has become the global leader in cloud services.
AWS provides a low cost, scalable and highly reliable cloud infrastructure. With major data-centers located strategically across the globe, AWS ensures a robust and secure system unaffected by power outages etc.
AWS provides the following:
- Storage service – archiving of application data and online backups.
- CloudDrive – Storage of secure personal data is offered as well as music streaming.
- Developer use – Analytics workloads connecting BI tools and SQL based clients like RedShift are used. Mechanical Turk is incorporated as well to ensure any applications requiring an API to use a human network to handle tasks a computer cannot. Dynamo Database is included to manage the need for NOSQL.
- ElastiCache – This is a protocol compliant with Memcached. Dynamic web applications are sped up as Memcached handles the database load instead.
- Elastic Compute Cloud – allows for an unlimited use of virtual machines and lets any business subscriber base to run app programs.
Why Amazon Cloud
Well recognized certifications include SAS 70 Type II, PCI DSS Level 1, HIPAA, FISMA Moderate and ISO 27001. Your data and its integrity are stored under many layers of physical and operational security. Regular audits are conducted to ensure infrastructural resilience and compliance are met.
With a ‘pay as you go’ pricing option, you can forego long-term contracts and commitments. You will pay for what you store or for the computing power you consume.
This flexibility is designed in your favor to take advantage of Amazons economies of scale. This will help you achieve the correct balance between hardware needs and data management demands.
Flexible and Open
One of the initial and best features AWS initiated was to remain operating systems and languages agnostic. You have the choice of selecting the programming model or development platform most beneficial to your business.
You can stick with your current programming language to avoid re-training your IT team. Time to market and productivity improves as the need to secure infrastructure and retraining have been eliminated.
Iterate, experiment and innovate quickly. Scale your business up or down based on demand. Add or subtract resources to manage overall costs accordingly.
AWS is the gold standard in cloud skills and infrastructure. They have set the bar and reset it over again multiple times over their 15 years of experience in delivering a global infrastructure solution.
AWS remains the leader as a secure cloud service. The savings of businesses maintaining infrastructure staff has helped the bottom line significantly. Cost containment and reallocation has meant apps are released quicker, ROI is earlier and customer satisfaction has seen a positive uplift overall.