Why we've moved to Amazon Web Services

10 Mar 2016 - By Ellie Stephenson

 

At Inclusive Digital, we’ve recently moved our video hosting and streaming to the cloud-based Amazon Web Services (AWS).

A large amount of our work is video based, and we need to have a quick and reliable video streaming system. Many of our videos are up to 45-50 minutes long, and many have to be accessed globally.

So, after analysing the options, and trying out various platforms, we have opted for the Amazon hosting service.

The service is built off the back of Amazon's global computing infrastructure, that is the backbone of the company's $15 billion retail business. Put simply, Amazon have developed a massive global server system to operate its online shopping business, and it is offering that network to organisations and developers for general hosting and streaming.

Amazon themselves describe AWS as ‘…a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow’.

So far, we are impressed with AWS. The main features are:

  • Easy-to-use.
  • Flexible - it enables us to select the operating system, web application platform, database and various other services we may need.
  • Cost effective - we pay only for the compute power, storage and resources we actually use.
  • Reliable - we can take advantage of Amazon's scalable global computing infrastructure.
  • Scalable - with AWS tools, auto scaling and elastic load balancing, our applications can scale up or down depending on user demand.
  • Secure - it has range of security measures.

Overall, we feel that AWS meets our requirements, and we are looking forward to using the service over the coming months.

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