Just over one week ago ROC announced its exciting new partnership with Amazon Web Services. What does this mean and more importantly what is the $5,000 Amazon credit for exactly? If you did not get the e-mail about this exciting alliance, ROC has offered all (all locations) ROC members a $5,000 in AWS credit which is valid for up to two years! Amazon Web Services launched their cloud computing platform back in 2006 and has grown its clientele exponentially since. Recognizable clients of AWS currently using their services include; NASA, Pinterest, Netflix, the CIA and most recently AWS is teaming up with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Let it be known, however, AWS does not just cater to these mega corporations that require daunting amounts of data storage and organization. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides its superior cloud services to even start-ups and entrepreneurs or companies relying upon just one inconsistent server.
The partnership between AWS Activate and ROC is targeted at supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs alike with low cost easy to use infrastructure that is scalable with fast growth.
Amazon Web Services offers a broad set of global computing, data storage, database, applications, analytics and various deployment services that enable organizations to move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications.
Cloud computing is a term most major corporations, Mom and Pop Shops and even the self-employed have become very comfortable within the last 5 years. It also seems that the general public is supportive of the direction of cloud computing and massive data storage operations, as long as some good old fashioned common sense is applied (such as not storing sensitive and private information in an open and public file) and trustworthy security features are in place (ahem iCloud). Who misses stacks of filing? Cloud computing makes sense not just logistically for efficiency with information but also ecologically. In 2007, a report issued by the American Consumer Institute calculated that utilizing of the internet alone has reduced emission by 200 million tons. This study estimated that telecommuting (250 tons) and teleconferencing (200 million tons) would reduce carbon emissions by nearly 500 million tons, digital downloads and the transition of printing to paper versus digital copies will save 60 million tons of carbon by 2017.
As laid out by Amazon Web Services the six (6) main advantages of cloud computing;
· Trade capital expense for variable expense.
· Benefit from massive economies of scale.
· Stop guessing the total capacity.
· Increase the speed, agility and performance.
· Save money and stop spending it running/maintaining traditional alternate methods such as data centers.
· Go global in minutes with ease and simplicity.
If any of this does not make sense to you, you are not alone, this is a new meteorological world in the clouds and you may find some basic training or education helpful, which is also an included perk for ROC members in this partnership. Starting with the basics or at a more advanced level are options available in the training modules created by AWS. Check out some of the self paced lab style training, which you privately and when you have time-also ideal for employees or partners that need some higher understanding of how cloud computing and AWS works.
In simplest and broadest terminology Amazon Web Services provides a simple way to access, manage (and much more) storage(s) of information, databases and data, and offer a broad set of application services via the Internet.
With many options of what services you need and don’t -you may want to start with a free trial or on the ‘Free Tier’ platform. If you are a ROC member receiving the $5,000 credit-rest assured, it will be in your account whenever you may need or want to utilize it the best you see fit. Making the transition into the cloud has surpassed being a luxury convenience, and of course reliability and stability are key elements in deciding which cloud works best for you. You need not be a meteorologist to know that Amazon Web Services and Amazon aren’t evaporating anytime soon. It is safe to forecast that AWS and the Amazon cloud are constantly on the forefront of technology, which today goes hand in hand with security-a volatile issue on the Internet. Security and customer satisfaction are two proven ethos of Amazon, never having a major security breach and consistently accountable to its customers. Considering the operating costs of Amazon and what those two ethos mean to the future of their business model, one can easily see a safe harbor in the Amazon (Web Services).