3.1 CAPACITY GUESSING
In the pre-cloud days, many different types of servers were located on-premises or in a data center. The servers were expensive, each software package that needed to run on each server needed very expensive licenses which had to be continually renewed or updated, and you needed highly-paid staff to provision, configure, and maintain the servers.
As an ever-increasing and ubiquitous proliferation of data is emitted from increasingly new and previously unforeseen sources, traditional in-house IT solutions are unable to keep up with the pace. Heavily investing in data centers and servers by “best guess” is a waste of time and money, and a never-ending job.
AWS eliminates over-purchasing of servers and infrastructure capacity needs. Before the cloud, when you made a capacity decision prior to deploying an application, you often over-purchased “just in case” your app becomes the next killer app. Oftentimes you ended up with expensive idle resources or even worse, dealing with limited capacity & losing customers.
On AWS, you can access as much or as little capacity as you need, and scale horizontally or vertically as required within minutes, or even automate capacity. This lowers the cost of ownership and reduces management overhead costs, freeing up your business for more strategic and business-focused tasks.
One benefit of being on AWS is that you trade “Capital Expense” for “Variable Expense“. Rather than having to invest heavily in data centers & servers before you know how you’re going to use them, you only pay when you consume computing resources, and only for what is actually consumed. This translates into a dramatic decrease in IT costs. It’s much smarter to focus on the projects that differentiate your business vs. the heavy lifting of racking, stacking, & powering servers.
The need for speed and agility today in analyzing data differently and efficiently requires complex architectures that are available and ready for use with the click of a button on AWS and the AWS Marketplace – eliminating the need to concern yourself with the underlying mechanisms and configurations that you’d have to do on premises.
In addition, AWS offers “AWS Trusted Advisor“, an online resource to help you reduce cost, increase performance, and improve security by optimizing your AWS environment. It provides real-time guidance to help you provision resources following AWS best practices.
Every AWS customer gets access to four categories in Trusted Advisor:
- Cost Optimization
- Fault Tolerance
If you have Business or Enterprise support, you then have access to the full set of Trusted Advisor categories.
Administrators can apply the Trusted Advisor suggestions at their own pace & adopt regular usage of Trusted Advisor recommendations as a significant part of an ongoing, day-to-day capacity optimization plan.
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