Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud are currently the two most popular cloud providers, combining infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings.
Both AWS and Google Cloud offer flexibility, reliability, and performance. AWS has more services and features, and Google Cloud provides more flexibility and customizability.
The MDS IT Services Cloud Management service assists you with choosing the right cloud service for your organization, managing setup and implementation, establishing access control, operating and monitoring your data and services in the cloud, and providing security for your cloud network.
AWS takes the form of building blocks that can be used to build and deliver any kind of application in the cloud. These building blocks are designed to work together, providing a highly scalable application for users. AWS covers hundreds of services, including those for computers, databases, infrastructure management, application development, security, and many more. Following are some of the major service categories:
- Management and monitoring: System admins can control and track cloud resource configuration through AWS Config’s managed rules. An AWS client can monitor resource and application strength with Amazon CloudWatch and the AWS Personal Health Dashboard.
- Security and governance: The AWS secure server provides a high level of security features for clients. Specialized tools and techniques are available for software and hardware-based encryption.
- Computing: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides virtual servers called instances for computing functionality. Multiple instance types combine different features and sizes developed for specific workload types and applications; for example, memory-intensive work and accelerated-computing jobs.
- Storage: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) presents scalable object storage for data backup and analytics. IT experts store all their data and files as S3 objects. S3’s Infrequent Access storage saves money. AWS Storage Gateway allows on-premises apps to access data stored in the cloud.
- Data management: Amazon Relational Database Service covers options for Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, and proprietary high-performance Amazon Aurora databases. Managed NoSQL databases are offered through Amazon DynamoDB.
- Networking: In Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), an administrator can control a virtual network, using a private section of the AWS cloud. You can balance network traffic with AWS load-balancing tools, including Application Load Balancer and Network Load Balancer. Amazon Route 53 is a domain name system that routes end users to applications. A dedicated connection from an on-premises data center can go directly to the AWS cloud via AWS Direct Connect.
- Development tools and application services: AWS software tools and software development kits (SDKs) are available to develop and manage applications systems and services. Software developers can take advantage of AWS Tools for PowerShell to handle cloud services from Windows and AWS server-less environments. AWS SDKs are available for many popular programming languages.
- Big Data management and analytics: AWS includes a range of Big Data analytics and application services. For example, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) provides a Hadoop framework to prepare large amounts of data, and Amazon Kinesis has several tools for processing and analyzing streaming data.
- Hybrid capabilities: Run hybrid applications with the help of AWS-wide features, dedicated connectivity, and integrated tools. Amazon’s partnerships with several technology vendors are very helpful for developing new hybrid applications.
- Artificial intelligence (AI): AWS offers a wide range of AI development models and delivery platforms, in addition to packaged AI-based applications. The Amazon AI suite of tools contains Amazon Lex for voice and text chatbot technology, Amazon Polly for text-to-speech translation, and Amazon Rekognition for image and facial analysis.
- Mobile development: The AWS Mobile Hub offers tools and services for mobile application developers. For example, AWS Mobile SDK provides code samples and libraries, Amazon Cognito maintains user access to mobile apps, and Amazon Pinpoint sends push notifications to application end-users and then analyzes the quality of those communications.
- Messages and notifications: AWS messaging services provide communication between users and within applications. Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a controlled message queue that transmits, stores, and receives messages between components of distributed applications, ensuring that the elements of an application work as expected.