What Is Managed Amazon Cloud Hosting?

Modern technology offers a staggering number of jargon-laden offers. The IT industry has evolved dramatically over the past four decades, with computers shrinking from the size of a room to a pocket-sized device with more power than those big machines. Although in many ways technology is more accessible, it’s inherently more complex. And hosting is an area that reflects this evolution. In addition to speed and power improvements, we’ve seen connectivity explode in this era, especially with the adoption of cloud computing. So to help you understand a bit more about what it all means (and what Webapper does!), we’ll explain what managed Amazon cloud hosting entails.

What Is Managed Hosting?

In typical application and website hosting, customers “rent” hardware — servers, storage and network infrastructure — from a service provider. You may have heard of hosting providers like Hostgator, Bluehost, SiteGround, and even Rackspace (on the higher end). The service provider houses the infrastructure in a datacenter rather at the customer’s location (onsite). In these hosting agreements, customers have control over their hardware, apps, operating systems, and security. In contrast, with managed hosting, the service provider handles administration, management and support of the infrastructure. By paying slightly higher service fees, customers leverage the expertise and resources of the managed service provider (MSP), including its technical acumen and security expertise. The result is a reduction in responsibility for the customer to manage their application, minimizing concern for the platform.

What Is the Amazon Cloud?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive global cloud platform, including over 175 fully featured services. AWS boasts millions of customers who choose AWS to lower their costs, become more agile, and innovate faster. Amazon designed AWS to be the most flexible and secure cloud computing environment available. Services include core technologies like compute, storage, and databases, as well as emerging technologies like analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), serverless, and Internet of Things (IOT).  Companies around the world, from startups through well-known international enterprises, choose AWS every day. Almost a third of the global cloud market is based on AWS.

Why Managed Amazon Cloud Hosting?

With managed hosting, your managed service provider handle all the management, support and administrator tasks. Your IT team can focus on development work while the MSP maintains your IT infrastructure. If you couldn’t tell from the description of AWS, it’s quite complex. For example, it’s not necessarily as easy to understand as a control panel on Bluehost. Cloud computing is powerful, to be sure, but with power comes additional complexity. A managed cloud services provider helps you with an on-ramp to the cloud. If you’re migrating to the cloud, you’ll have hundreds of decisions to make, and the MSP can help you with both identifying and resolving them. And then there are all the implementation details: network maps, disaster recovery & backup, scalability, security, and cost management. A solid MSP helps you avoid disastrous operating costs – since cloud usage is metered, you should optimize your infrastructure to operate your applications efficiently and effectively. Thus, you can invest resources in other areas of your business. In a nutshell, a reputable cloud MSP will help you migrate to the cloud, understand your network setup, operate smoothly, and maintain your costs.

What Managed Amazon Cloud Hosting Means

The short answer to the question of what managed Amazon cloud hosting means is faster enablement. That is, with the assistance of a cloud MSP, you can get to the goal line easier than you would on your own. By repetitively building and maintaining cloud infrastructure, your MSP learns where the problems occur. Setting up the right size cloud with the right budget, for example, is intimidating if you haven’t done it before. Building out redundant infrastructure, complete with security and disaster recovery, isn’t an easy process, even for many experienced traditional datacenter engineers. A cloud MSP has walked through the coals before you and can save time, avoid problems, and keep you on track.

At Webapper, we’ve made a mistake or three over the past decade in the cloud. We’ve learned how to build cost-effective, reliable, manageable systems. We often work with small and midsize businesses who don’t have this expertise in-house, and we’ve successfully migrated them or build applications on their behalf that perform well overall. One size doesn’t fit all, and every engagement we tackle borrows from lessons we’ve learned in others. And that’s what makes Webapper a viable managed Amazon cloud hosting provider for so many businesses.

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