It’s no secret that businesses are abandoning traditional on-site data centers in favor of cloud-based platforms like Amazon Web Services. While there are numerous benefits to migrating data to the cloud, having an AWS data management strategy in place is essential for long-term success. After all, what’s the point of moving your data to AWS if you aren’t equipped to take full advantage of its costing-cutting, time-saving features? As the old adage goes, look before you leap.
In the following article, we’ll explore some of the benefits of choosing AWS over onsite hosting, and discuss a few of the necessary components needed for crafting a coherent AWS data management strategy. We’ll also explain how CloudRanger’s third-party dashboard can further simplify your business’s AWS experience, saving time and money in the process.
Why Businesses Are Choosing Amazon Web Services
As mentioned above, the cloud-based platform offered by Amazon Web Services has many advantages over traditional data hosting. In fact, we’ve already written several articles describing these benefits in great detail. But at the end of the day, it all boils down to flexibility.
In the past, businesses were forced to make an expensive choice when it came to data management. They could either over invest in hardware and personnel in an attempt to anticipate future needs, or they could purchase equipment and hire staff based on near term goals. Choosing the first option ran the risk of paying for products and services that might never be needed, while choosing the second risked having to play a costly game of catch up should data-storage needs quickly increase.
But thanks to AWS, businesses are no longer forced to choose between planning ahead and saving money. Hosting data in the cloud allows businesses to quickly and easily scale computing capacity/storage up or down as needed without having to invest and upgrade (or downsize) onsite infrastructure. As a result, a company pays only for what it needs without having to worry about being caught off guard by a sudden spike in demand.
Crafting An AWS Data Management Strategy
Because of its extremely flexible approach to data management, AWS continues to experience record growth, earning $1.4 billion in profits for the first quarter of 2018, alone. But as business of all shapes and sizes flock to the platform, it’s important for their IT professionals to understand that all the flexibility in the world is useless without first understanding the specific needs of their business. That’s why crafting a comprehensive, coherent AWS data management strategy is so important.
For starters, data storage might seem fairly straightforward, especially when using a pay-as-you-go cloud service. And while AWS does make it easy to store vast amounts of information safely and securely, not all data is created equal.
While you could store frequently accessed data or system backups in the same place as seldom used files, doing so would come at a cost. Low-latency storage such as Amazon S3 Standard is reasonably priced and provides quick access to data. But it’s still vastly more expensive than Amazon Glacier, which is tailored for long-term archival storage. So while knowing how much data storage you need is important, it’s equally important to know what type of data you are storing, why you are storing it, who should have access, and when (if ever) it is likely to be needed.
Another important step in developing an AWS data management strategy is creating a specific disaster recovery plan to meet your business’s needs. Even an IT novice understands the importance of backing up data, a task which can be greatly streamlined and simplified by using AWS. But as we’ve previously noted, even the most comprehensive backups will prove useless unless they are accompanied by a well-tested retrieval process and an up-to-date set of priorities.
Aside from simply backing up data at regular, predetermined intervals, a company must also determine several other factors including a recovery time objective (RTO), a recovery point objective (RPO), a specific backup method/backup location(s), as well as a specific recovery method to employ should a disaster strike. After all, while AWS is able to provide, arguably, the best methods to meet your business’s data management needs, it’s up to IT professionals to figure out those needs.
CloudRanger provides the world’s easiest to use backup and recovery solution for Amazon Web Services. We make it easy to manage your backups & servers running on AWS cloud. Using CloudRanger, you can easily manage backups and retention of your RDS, EC2 and Redshift resources with snapshots and AMIs.
With an easy to use interface, managing your routine AWS tasks is simple and effective. CloudRanger saves your team time and hassle, making the day-to-day management of your AWS resources easier and more automated. CloudRanger can also help you save on your EC2 costs by starting/stopping non-production instances automatically when you need them.
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Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has the backup and recovery features that will meet your specific needs. Our easy-to-use AWS cloud management system is simple to install, which means your business can be up and running with CloudRanger in no time. And best of all, you can even try CloudRanger for free for 14 days. So why not experience all the cost-saving features and time-saving benefits CloudRanger has to offer?