As businesses increasingly adopt cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has emerged as a popular platform for managing their infrastructure. However, as the size and complexity of an AWS deployment grows, it becomes more difficult to maintain control over the environment. In this article, we will explore the challenges associated with managing large AWS infrastructures and discuss strategies for regaining control.
Fortunately, AWS provides a wide range of tools and techniques to help manage the challenges that come with a growing infrastructure. From cost optimization tools like AWS Cost Explorer and AWS Budgets to security and compliance services like AWS Security Hub and AWS Config, there are many resources available to help businesses maintain control over their environment. Additionally, using best practices like infrastructure as code, continuous integration and deployment, and monitoring and logging can help prevent issues and reduce downtime. By planning ahead and leveraging these tools and techniques, businesses can ensure a healthy and reliable infrastructure that can scale as needed while providing high-quality service to customers.
AWS offers a lot of different tools to keep track of how cost evolved over the time. This is really useful if we want to build and maintain modern and scalable applications while keeping an eye on how much money we are spending monthly and using that data to find savings without losing performance.
Before doing anything, we need a clear picture about the costs of AWS services you are consuming. The perfect way to do that is using AWS Cost Explorer.
This tool provides multiple reports to help you to identify which account, service or specific resource is a top consumer. Once it’s clearly defined where the money is going, it is time to apply some strategies to save money without hurting performance.
One of the biggest mistakes on AWS is using the wrong pricing models, which usually leads to paying more money for the same items. Implementing a few practices will allow you to pay for your resources in the most cost-effective way that suits your organization’s needs.
The following are the most common pricing models available:
It’s really common to see applications with over-provisioned resources (Too much CPU, memory, bandwidth, etc) just because it meets with the performance requirements of the organization workload, leading to high cost.
EC2 instances and Relational Databases are one the primary resources that usually affect directly on monthly bills. A few strategies could help this issue:
Having a well defined budget is a good practice to keep infrastructure costs controlled. AWS budgets will help with the following tasks:
Even though AWS cloud services are builded to be extra secure, there is something called Shared Responsibility Model that users commonly don’t know. Basically, AWS is responsible for security “OF” the cloud, things like hardware, software or networking and the customer is responsible for security “IN” the cloud (Customer data, Access Management, Firewall configuration, etc).
To keep our AWS infrastructure secure while is growing, we could follow the next best practices:
The most basic and important security controls you need to have in place in your AWS environments are access controls. Providing least privilege cloud access to people in your organization is one the best practices to avoid security branches. There is a few practices that could help with this:
It’s always a good idea to build a strategy to detect any kind of thread and take actions based on that data. AWS has a few tools that could help to automatized this processes:
Backing your data is one of the best techniques to save your customer data in case of security branches or even bad practices that result in accidental data loss.
AWS offers AWS Backup for backup strategies on multiple services like: S3, RDS, EBS volumes and more.
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As you may know, Microsoft Azure is one of the top cloud platforms, and we understand that many of our customers use both AWS and Azure in their existing services. AWS operates with a customer-centric philosophy and we are committed to ensuring that our services integrate seamlessly with other platforms, including Azure.
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