5 Challenges To Adopting AWS

Posted by Philip Bindley

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure public cloud service and everyone wants a part of it. Offering on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications and other IT resources through its cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing, it is a commercially viable option for start-ups, Fintechs and other companies not looking to make large upfront investments in hardware.

Comprising an estimated 1.3m servers and a global reach across 190 countries, it’s also ideal for developers, as they can test scenarios on a sandboxed environment without impacting their production services.

So where do you start?  Here are 5 challenges facing businesses looking to make the move to AWS:

Challenge 1: Skill set

AWS is known for providing a highly configurable, feature-rich cloud offering but it does have a steep learning curve. So if your in-house IT resource is small and potentially new to AWS, it can be a challenge to get skilled up and started swiftly.

Challenge 2: Tech support

Amazon does offer different levels of tech support depending on how quickly you need issues resolved and if you need a dedicated account manager or tech support for integrations with third-party plugins if something goes wrong. However, AWS support fees vary on a sliding scale tied to monthly usage, so support costs can grow quickly if you are a very heavy user.

Challenge 3: Control

Storing sensitive and proprietary data on external environments carries risks. Despite successful use cases that Amazon provides, moving sensitive data and business pertinent environments to the public cloud can require authorisation and extensive levels of bureaucratic red tape.

Challenge 4: Security and data protection

Ensuring that data is secure when deploying a cloud environment can be a daunting task. Naturally, as the adoption of cloud resources continues to grow, the risk of data breaches grows with it too. Closely tied in with security, is data protection. Many governments place strict data protection requirements on companies and standards audit schemes such as ISO-9001 place additional restrictions on firms.

Challenge 5: Performance and uptime

Performance and uptime have a direct effect on the bottom line. A fraction of a second on load time can lead customers to leave a site, costing sales. And if your site is down for even a few minutes it can affect not just the direct bottom line, but have a longer-term impact on SEO and brand reputation as well.

Here at The Bunker, we understand these challenges.

Efficiently adopt & manage AWS with The Bunker

The Bunker accelerates AWS cloud adoption by helping customers architect, deploy, maintain and automate solutions running on AWS infrastructure, ensuring that they get robust, secure and optimised solutions that leverage the scale and flexibility of AWS technology. And because we’re The Bunker, you know it is ultra secure and always compliant.

Moving forward, our AWS certified cloud experts also offer proactive and dedicated 24×7 monitoring, automation and management to help keep your AWS environments optimised, secure and stable, so you can focus on your core business.

So, there’s no need for costly AWS tech support, your team doesn’t need to acquire new skills to manage AWS, it controls costs and can even reduce your AWS compute spend, whilst getting the best possible results from AWS cloud services.

Your data will be safe, protected and compliant, running in an environment that is secure, monitored and managed 24/7/365. No matter your team’s size or skill set. So you really get a cost effective cloud service that works.