CIS 500 Information System Decision Making
How Ericsson Benefitted from Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Ericsson was able to instantly take advantage of Amazon’s resources. Amazon’s AWS is able to build and manage a global infrastructure to the scale Ericsson needed to support their business. This infrastructure already being in place provides a cost savings benefit. They had the ability to deploy new applications and automated software updates instantly because they were able to scale up and down as demand changed or the business required it. They could access their cloud from anywhere thanks to the freedom of remote access. The web services provided Ericsson with a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform with data center locations in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, and Japan. The company chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) because they felt AWS was the most integrated public cloud provider in the Rightscale Cloud Management Platform (Rightscale). “The Ericsson team states that having hosting centers in various regions was important for them. AWS also showed a better quality of service with solid management and a proven track record.” (Amazon Web Services, 2012) Evaluate the scalability, dependability, manageability, and adaptability of Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Rightscale Amazon EC2
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides a complete environment, a processor, memory, and preconfigured software. It offers scalability within minutes on a pay-as-you-go basis. It also reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. (Amazon Web Services, 2012) Amazon S3
Amazon S3 is simply storage for the Internet. It is designed to make Web-scale computing easier for developers. It provides a simple Web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the Internet. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of Web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers. Amazon S3 is built to be flexible so that protocol or functional layers can easily be added. Reliability is backed with the Amazon S3 Service Level Agreement. As with most cloud services, you pay for what you use. (Amazon Web Services, 2012) Rightscale
Rightscale acts as the bridge between your applications and your cloud infrastructure. Rightscale cloud management enables organizations to easily deploy and manage business-critical applications across public, private, and hybrid clouds. Right Scale provides efficient configuration, monitoring, automation, and governance of cloud computing infrastructure and applications. (Crunch Base, 2012) One of its features enables the user to monitor, scale, and manage entire server deployments efficiently and reliably. (Rightscale Cloud Management, 2012) Right Scale offers automation during the entire deployment lifecycle. There is also complete visibility into each level of the deployment. Managing, monitoring, testing, troubleshooting and re-launching applications all offer complete control. It offers the freedom and flexibility to keep a business from getting locked into a single provider because it is portable. (Amazon Web Services, 2012) Security Concerns for Cloud-based Services and Methodologies for Handling Them There are several potential security concerns with regard to cloud-based services: privileged user access, regulatory compliance, data location, data...