Scale Up to AWS

Take your IT infrastructure to the next level with the flexibility and cost-reducing scalability of Amazon Web Services.

Move Faster, Reduce Costs & Scale

Amazon Web Services

Amazon has responded to the modern need to simplify the process of storing, managing and processing data with their very own cloud computing platform called Amazon Web Services (AWS). From mobile applications and data processing to storage and archive, this cloud computing platform helps organizations both large and small move faster, reduce infrastructure costs and scale applications.

Amazon Web Services Advantages
Today, hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide benefit from a wide variety of AWS services, including:

  • Flexibility: In the past, it would require a large amount of money and effort to deliver advanced IT solutions. With AWS, you can easily move applications to the cloud and access computing capabilities without having to learn new skills. You can use the programming languages, operating systems and architecture for which you are already familiar, or mix and match in order to meet your unique needs.
  • Scalable and elasticity: AWS allows you to scale computing resources up and down in order to meet customer needs and manage costs. Unlike traditional infrastructure that requires additional hardware and installation, you can allocate resources through AWS using a simple API call.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Not only will flexibility, scalability and elasticity help drive down IT costs and free your IT team to work on value-added projects, but AWS also promises to deliver a cloud-computing solution in a reliable and cost-effective manner. With pay-as-you-go pricing and no up-front or long-term commitments, you only pay for what you need.
  • Security: Amazon places a great deal of importance on security, which is why they built end-to-end security and end-to-end privacy into their services. Users can rest assured that their applications are always safe.

Getting Started
If you’re ready to make the leap to cloud-computing, AWS may be the best choice for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself before getting started:

  • What areas of my business will be best served through a cloud infrastructure?
  • What are my hardware and bandwidth capacity requirements?
  • How will I scale once AWS is deployed?

For help answering these questions and establishing a full-proof plan for taking your IT infrastructure to the next level, contact SWC for additional information on AWS and how it can be best utilized for your business needs.

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What To Expect

The cloud is a set of scalable, IT-enabled capabilities delivered “as-a-service” to external customers using Internet technologies. The three main benefits of the cloud are:

  • Speed: Procuring and provisioning servers is done rapidly in the cloud. Your reduced “time to develop” and “time to market” means your IT can be much more agile in servicing the needs of the business units or developers
  • Scale: The cloud gives you an almost infinite set of computing resources. Your applications will enjoy massive global scale and can easily scale up or down depending on the demand. You use just enough resources for your needs—nothing more, nothing less.
  • Economics: You pay for only what you use in the cloud. This will save you money on apps that have variable computing needs.

At SWC, we believe the cloud is for everyone, but not for everything. That means you’ll get a custom, right-sized, pragmatic cloud solution with no filler. Contact us to learn more.

While the cloud is a powerful solution that frees up time and expenditures, the infrastructure still needs upkeep. SWC combines its deep expertise in the infrastructure technologies that make up the cloud and our operational excellence through managed IT services to ensure your cloud infrastructure and applications achieve the uptime required for your business.

Before investing in a cloud service such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services, or a myriad of other cloud solutions, you should ask yourself:

  • What business and IT results am I trying to achieve?
  • What do I need the cloud service to do?
  • What is the full cost of the service?
  • What level of support and SLAs are offered?
  • How easy it to get my data into and out of the cloud?
  • Where will my data live?
  • How much control will I have on the underlying infrastructure?
  • What impact will this have on our user experience and support expectations?

SWC will work with you closely to help answer these questions in developing a right-sized cloud approach. Contact us to learn more.

SWC provides a few effective options to help you start on your journey to the cloud. For business decision makers, we provide executive planning engagements to help you devise a high-level cloud strategy your business. We also provide fast track cloud assessments for customers looking for real-world guidance on starting with the cloud. Contact us to learn more.

This is one of the most important questions to ask when you are considering the cloud. In fact, one of the keystones of SWC’s cloud assessment is to provide a comprehensive yet pragmatic view on your application inventory in the context of cloud feasibility. It is also just as important to ask, “Which of my applications should not go to the cloud?” SWC uses a systematic approach that covers both business and technical categories to ensure a holistic and objective assessment of your applications’ feasibility and readiness for the cloud. Contact us to learn more.