Amazon is the world leading provider of remote computing services (also called web services) that together make up a cloud computing platform. The name of their platform is Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The platform consists of more than two dozen separate products that were engineered to work together with tight integration. The two most popular of these services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
An overview of all AWS products – Amazon white paper – AWS Overview
Bitstream can help your business decide which AWS products fit your operational model, and then get them implemented.
Why should you consider AWS?
AWS can benefit small business because its massive scale reduces costs for smaller organizations. It grants data center class capabilities to small business without requiring that business to be responsible for designing and maintaining dedicated infrastructure like servers, routers, and rack space.
Another major benefit is how quickly it can respond to changes in your business needs. AWS infrastructure can be made to adapt immediately to changes in capacity needs. For example, if your business hosts its website on AWS and experiences a one-hundred fold increase in web traffic AWS can automatically increase the resources used to serve the website on the fly so that the website is able to handle the increased demand without interruption; the result is the avoidance of customer dissatisfaction and optimization of costs by paying only for the computing resources needed. This is not possible when small business manages such resources in-house, as illustrated below.
Read more about the economics of AWS here – http://aws.amazon.com/economics/