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AWS deployment best practices: 5 Key Approaches
By Sagar A
AWS

Cloud-Automation

With more than 47% market share in the public cloud market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a de facto leader in this domain. It has been able to achieve this by undertaking various activities including building a high level of trust based relationship with technology leaders and developing solutions that are loved by the developer community.

AWS offers various choices for deploying your IT framework and the hosting of your applications. It enables a corporation to leverage the best practices and tools for hosting a framework that can deal with a variety of workloads ranging from streaming to back up data.

AWS offers a host of services that together shape a reliable, adaptable, and efficient computing environment “in the cloud”. With AWS organizations can create and run their applications with speed and adaptability. A software instance is normally deployed and tested through many stages before it is deployed to the final production stage.

Some factors that need to be kept in mind while undertaking AWS deployment are outlined below

Use case: Choose your use case well. Are the developers going to use the AWS instance for development and Testing, or the need is more around Data backup and recovery. The costs involved in moving data from Amazon S3 to Glacier are significantly different.

Architect to use cloud strength: Designing for cloud has some nuances, for example bringing about an improvement in performance of an application can be archived by migrating content from a static site to Amazon S3/CloudFront.

Analyzing the architecture of the application that is being evaluated for migration early on in the process can help a corporation decide which options are most apt for it. Does it require- variable capacity, is the technology stack 'standard' or some unique requirements exist?

  • Disposable compute facility
  • Cost effective storage
  • Automation

Amazon EC2 Instance Types: Picking Amazon instance type can be tricky. Organizations in the initial stages frequently select a framework and afterward change it. These iterations are carried out till corporations can identify a blend of benefits. During this process of selection, many times there might be doubts which arise. For example, it might happen that a database server might need more memory so which measure do you move up to a c1.xlarge. Let’s take a glance at some noteworthy instances

  • 1.xlarge
  • Hi1.4xlarge
  •  Cc2.8xlarge
  •  1.micro

AWS Cost Allocation: For some corporations, planning to manage distinctive parts of a complicated framework with many segments and cost groups can be a little challenging. For instance, how would you allot and track costs as they identify with the cost of products sold, advertising, deployment, and so forth? AWS offers 'Cost Allocation Report' feature. By using this feature, a corporation can get CSV reports for its planned and final charges from an Amazon S3 bucket that is indicated. The CSV file contains charges for the record, seamlessly broken down by AWS as per individual usage.

There are many options that a corporation can choose from ranging from the free tier when its just the testing stage for a corporation to reserved, where significant cost saving can happen. Other options that a corporation can choose are

  • On-Demand: This is similar to Pay as you go model offered by many corporations, where users only need to pay for the capacity that they are using with no long-term commitments.
  • Spot Price: For workloads which have peaks and troughs with no defined demands this is an option which can be leveraged, in this scenario the capacity is priced by Amazon based on demand and supply.
  • Dedicated: For corporations that need to store highly sensitive or regulated data, on AWS Amazon VPC that run on hardware dedicated to a single customercan be a great option.

Ensure Security: Security has been one of the most important factors in cloud adoption and AWS has played a critical role in ensuring that cloud security matures.

Security within the cloud is at, physical, configuration and network levels. With features like cloud based single sign, regulations like HIPAA within Healthcare and GDPR when it comes to user data in Europe engage with auditors to undertake security assessment early in the adoption cycle.

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To Conclude
Amazon's technological advances and elastic evaluating are great while investigating the open cloud. However, it is important to have satisfactory information with respect to value, cost distribution, Provisioned IOPS, also, DynamoDB before setting up an AWS environment.

About The Author

Sagar A

Sagar A is a AWS Certified Solution Associate and works on AWS Cloud at Navtech. He is also very experienced in Quality Assurance and Automation.