What is AWS?
Most of the people who are not familiar with the IT-sphere relate Amazon to Jeff Bezos and
main creation of Amazon online shopping. But if you ever tried to create and host your own
software, you probably heard about Amazon Web Services that allows you to store and deliver
AWS (launched in 2006) — is a cloud computing service that you can use in combinations
to your business and organizational needs. You can find more than 200 instruments from data
storage to tools deployment and directories for content delivery. Among the benefits of
AWS are user-friendly interface, quick application deployment, security, and no capacity
In Perfsys we created our own classification of AWS solutions — Evolution Pyramid that
of different instruments, depending on the frequency of usage of our clients.
There are 3 levels in our pyramid. Every client can jump from the most frequently used (1st
level) to the most advanced one (3d level), depending on his/her business needs and
AWS Cloud Solution Pyramid of Perfsys
We defined 3 main levels for Cloud Storage Evolution:
- - Hosting-only
- - Microservices
- - Serverless
First Level: Using AWS as a Hosting Service
When your application stopped being a monolith and transformed into microservices
architecture — your next milestone would be docker containers. And from here you will be in
demand of a cluster which you can easily host.
In AWS there are a number of services that allow you to deploy microservice architecture
into the cloud. These services encapsulate the hosting role as well, but at the same time
can’t be classical EC2 instances. We can highlight EKS and ECS among them.
An undeniable advantage of using microservices level is the possibility to use a “smart”
clusterization from one side (Kubernetes, Docker, EKS, ECS) and low hosting price from the
Second Level: Using AWS as Microservices
A lot of Perfsys clients used AWS services just as a hosting provider. Whether it is a
single web app, static website, or enterprise app, AWS cloud hosting provides low-cost ways
to deliver their content and web applications. Depending on tasks, hosting instruments may
vary from Amazon Lightsail to AWS Amplify Console and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon
S3). But the best solution for an enterprise production would be an Amazon Elastic Cloud
Computing (Amazon EC2).
Amazon EC2 offers various types of instances to host your website. You can choose an instance
type depending on your application size and traffic. There is no minimum or maximum fixed
monthly cost for using EC2 instance for hosting. Unquestionable benefit here is a pay as you
go model. The lowest price per single computing unit, e.g. 1 second of CPU or Memory. This
is a great option for production systems when the load is high and hosting should provide
24/7 system availability.
Third Level: Using AWS as a Serverless Architecture
This is the level of startups, where most of the POC and MVP products are building. We use
instruments from this level when we need an application to be available 24/7 but with
minimum operating costs. Serverless architecture is great when the product requires
immediate scalability, good resilience, and out-of-box security.
Nowadays developers have all the AWS instruments at their disposal, the majority of which
they use in serverless architecture, and the pricing allows them to use ‘pay-as-you-go’
We created this hierarchy to show our customers that choosing the right way to move is not
an easy task. First step would be understanding the starting point. And then decide where is
your desired destination.
Do you know which level your business is currently situated? Feel free to contact me or drop
an email and discover your opportunities in AWS Cloud Solutions.