Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been offering IT infrastructure services, now commonly known as cloud computing, since 2006. AWS has the most extensive breadth and depth of mature, reliable cloud services to power your application. There are a few key benefits to deploying your application using AWS:
AWS allows you avoid heavy up front investment in infrastructure to run your application. Instead you only pay for what you actually use, and have the tools available to do more with less to avoid wasting money.
With AWS you also benefit from massive economy of scale. Because AWS serves millions of active customers each month the aggregate overhead is able to be optimized much more efficiently, resulting in lower costs that are passed on to customers as lower prices. As AWS has grown it has lowered prices more than 60 times.
AWS managed services allow you to build your business faster and better with less engineering resources required. Rather than reinventing the wheel for each application developed you can take advantage of AWS tools which remove the “undifferentiated heavy lifting” to let you focus on the specific pieces of your business which make it unique.
Not only does this help a business to go from idea to working implementation faster, but also allows your engineering organization to be more reactive to market demands.
AWS already powers many of the world’s most highly scaled applications, including Epic Game’s popular online game Fortnite, which has more than 125 million players, generating two petabytes of data a month.
The AWS cloud has the capacity and distribution to help a company like Epic Games succeed at all stages of the journey from a small service to a massive global presence. Fortnite experienced incredibly rapid growth, requiring horizontal scaling to 24 AWS run availability zones around the world. Additionally, they have a 10x difference between high and low peaks for each region. AWS is able to give Epic Games the capacity they need when they need it, while allowing them to scale down and stop paying when they don’t need it.