How to Build, Configure and Administrate Web and Cloud Services Using AWS
As enterprise gets warmed up to the idea that the cloud is the future of application and service delivery, the big question is now how best to get on board.
How do you decide which cloud service provider/s to use?
How do you build applications efficiently using cloud services?
How do you configure those applications and services?
How do you manage production and keep an eye on performance?
For this article we focus on AWS as it is the biggest player in the public cloud services market. However, we suggest taking advantage of a free Shamrock Consulting Group consultation to decide if AWS is best suited to your needs. We are vendor neutral and partner with all of the big cloud providers (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, etc.) so we are in the ideal place to help.
First, let’s look at how you can build applications efficiently for the cloud using AWS.
AWS Tools for Building Applications and Services
Before you can look at specific AWS tools, you need to clarify how you plan to deploy applications and services to the cloud. Traditional software development processes don’t utilize the cloud to its full effect so you really need to hire or train a dedicated DevOps team to ramp up your productivity.
From there, it’s a case of deciding whether you will be deploying apps using VM instances or microservices.
For a traditional server or VM-based architecture, AWS offers its CodePipeline service. Once you have defined a process model, CodePipeline will automatically build, test and deploy new code whenever it detects a change. If you prefer to handle either the coding or the deployment process manually, you can use AWS CodeBuild or CodeDeploy to automate the other half.
For a microservice-based architecture using containers or serverless computing, AWS offer Amazon Elastic Container Service (a Docker platform) and AWS Lambda. Elastic Container Service enables you to run applications on top of a managed cluster of EC2 VMs while Lambda does away with any kind of server management. You simply upload the code and that’s it.
As you can see, AWS makes it possible to run hugely productive DevOps teams and Shamrock can help you choose which services best fit your needs.
AWS Tools for Configuring Services
As with building applications and web services for the cloud, configuration of those services will depend on the architecture your enterprise wants to use.
As an example, take a customer-facing website. A static website with infrequent updates may only require an AWS S3 storage bucket configured for web hosting. A more dynamic, frequently edited website with low need for scalability might be best suited to the AWS Lightsail platform. On the other hand, a complex website that needs full scalability is best run on an EC2 instance and configured via the AWS Management Console. Automated configuration is available via the AWS OpsWorks service which utilizes the Chef automation platform.
AWS Management and Monitoring Tools
AWS simplifies the task of managing your software development processes with its AWS CodeStar service, providing a single pane of glass through which you can quickly set up your delivery toolchain.
On the monitoring side, Amazon CloudWatch can track metrics, monitor log files and automatically respond to changes in your app performance levels. AWS X-Ray is a useful service for containerized applications as it can dig beneath the surface to find root causes for performance issues.
Get Shamrock on Board With Your AWS Migration
As you can see, choosing to migrate to the cloud is only the start of the journey.
Whether or not you have decided which cloud service provider to use, we urge you to contact Shamrock to help with your cloud migration. Not only can we draw on our relationships to source you the best deals, we can also ensure you are using the tools and services you need to maximize performance while keeping your network as secure as possible.
Our consultation is free so you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.