Cis 500: Cloud Computing

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Case Study 2: Cloud Computing
CIS500: Information Systems Decision-Making
2012, December 2

How did Ericsson benefit from Amazon Web Services (AWS)?
According to Amazon’s Web Service website, it gives users the option to run just about everything using their service applications. By incorporating cloud computing, users are able to cut variable costs to a more attractive scale for the business by eliminating costly administrative and hardware fees. Due to remote access, Ericsson was able to immediately take advantage of AWS’s benefits since the infrastructure was already up and running. Demands change quickly and it’s important for a company to be able to adjust accordingly. By using the cloud system, Ericsson was able to employ software updates and new applications quickly and more effectively. AWS services hundreds of thousands of customers in more than 190 countries, making their global infrastructure far more expansive than competitors; this allowed Ericsson to have data centers in various parts of the world. According to information provided in the case study, Ericsson chose AWS because they felt it was “the most integrated public cloud provider in the Rightscale Cloud Management Platform (Rightscale)”.

Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and RightScale
Amazon EC2
The AWS website describes Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) as a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud, making web-scale computing easier for developers. It also allows you to quickly scale capacity up and down if and when your computing requirements change. Because this system works on a “pay-as-you-go” method, you only pay for the capacity you use which is a great option from an economic stand point.

Amazon S3
Amazon S3 is described quite simply on the AWS website—storage for the Internet. It makes a developer’s job easier by providing for more convenient Web-scale computing. It gives them access to the same high quality infrastructure that Amazon uses to...
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