What is Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

Amazon Web Services, commonly referred to as AWS, is a leading cloud computing services platform that has evolved from e-commerce giant Amazon’s in-house infrastructure. Initially designed to support Amazon’s own operations, AWS was made available to other businesses as a delivery system for on-demand cloud computing and APIs in 2006.

The cloud solutions offered by AWS are accessible to organisations and individuals through almost 200 data centres worldwide, including Telehouse’s own data centres. These solutions include Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions. Amazon Web Services also provides customers with storage, computing power and content delivery services, all delivered via the cloud.

How AWS works

The cloud computing services AWS offers are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, providing flexible and affordable access to its extensive range of solutions for businesses of all types and sizes. Its services can also be scaled up or down in-line with each customer’s computing and storage requirements.

Beyond cloud infrastructure solutions, AWS also provides access to emerging technologies through the cloud including AI, machine learning, internet of things, data lakes and analytics. Users are given full control over some of the cloud services with AWS taking care of the infrastructure and resources that power those services. However, in some of its services AWS offers a shared responsibility model where it takes control of other aspects including security and operation, removing complexities for the customer.

Connecting to AWS services

Using cloud computing services from AWS requires a private connection between an organisation’s IT infrastructure and Amazon Web Services. Connecting through an official Amazon Direct Connect partner is the best way to ensure high performance, robust security, cost efficiency and scalability from these services. As an Amazon Direct Connect partner, Telehouse provides private connections to AWS through the Telehouse Cloud Link service. Suitable for a range of businesses, including enterprise and finance customers, Telehouse Cloud Link facilitates quick and easy access to leading cloud service providers and offers a range of bandwidths and a transparent pricing model.

Telehouse also provides a cross connect cabling service for Amazon Partner Network partners and dedicated, direct connections for any AWS customer on its campus. AWS Interconnections run between a customer’s servers and AWS Direct Connect (AWS-DX) via physical in-house cabling between the APN’s rack and the AWS PoP in the London Docklands campus, enabling dedicated and private 1Gbps or 10Gbps connections. We can also provide experienced engineers to install the cabling in dedicated and shared racks. To help customers achieve agility, we can complete cross-connect requests within a matter of days.

Essential AWS Direct Connect services

AWS Direct Connect provides businesses with access to the full range of Amazon Web Services cloud computing solutions including essentials such as Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), Relational Database Service (RDS):

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides object storage with a focus on performance, security, data availability and scalability. Businesses of any type and size can store and access infinite volumes of data. The data can be organised and configured to unique user requirements and compliance needs.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides businesses with powerful computing capacity delivered via the cloud with 400 Gbps ethernet networking. Developers benefit from Amazon EC2’s web service interface which makes it as easy as possible to configure capacity in line with changing business requirements. Developers get complete control of their cloud computing resources while running them on Amazon’s robust computing environment.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)

Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) allows businesses to connect on-premises to scalable AWS cloud infrastructure through a virtual private network. Multiple VPCs can be created and logically isolated from other virtual private networks in the AWS infrastructure. Amazon VPC can be fully customised to any organisation’s needs and users can control the IP address range, set up network gateways, configure root tables, define security protocols and network access control lists, and create subnets.

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a managed SQL database service that provides support to a wide range of database engines by storing to organising data and helps cloud administrators to establish, scale and manage databases in the cloud. This helps businesses with database management tasks more easily and efficiently including migration, patching, backup and recovery.

If you are looking for a private connection to AWS and its cloud computing services, find out more about Telehouse Cloud Link.

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