We trust AWS for hosting all our web applications. And we advise our clients to do the same. In doing this for the last 7 years, we have gained a very profound understanding of scalable web architectures. And how AWS fills all the gaps in your mind with the right services.
You have a website or a web application. Next what? You need to host it somewhere. If you have a small scale web property, you might go for shared hosting. However, if you want to host a large web property (a lot of pages, functionality, users, content, decoupled application, and many more), then you would want to host in a secure, reliable, and scalable manner. Here is where we come into the picture.
We help you with the following.
- Define the right architecture
- Set the servers with the required services and host your web application
- Handle security
- Enable monitoring tools
Evaluation and Architecture
- Our team will understand your application and then architect the infrastructure.
- We will build your architecture based on detailed diagrams, cost models, and best-practices.
Setup of Servers
- We will list out all the services that are required to host your application.
- We will try and set all the services separately in a horizontally scalable manner.
- Web Application Firewall will be used to ensure all security policies are adhered to.
- We will also guide you on how to make your application security tight.
- Some of the performance depends on the server's architecture, rest is pure application-optimized code.
- We use CDN like CloudFront to ensure that the response time for anonymous users is super quick.
- Additionally, we also use a layer of Reverse Proxy caching of the application's response.
There are a variety of AWS services that we have used a lot and thus, have gained a solid experience.
Forget the expensive physical servers with this Amazon service that allows us to create virtual machines and manage other features of servers; such as storage, security, ports, etc. With Amazon EC2 you can create servers in minutes with your preferred operating system.
This way you will have more time to take care of your projects and spend less time maintaining your servers.
Amazon helps us to make our infrastructure less complicated, which is why it provides us with the RDS service. But what is it? With this service we will have dedicated instances for databases in a matter of minutes, fully managed by the AWS support team and capable of supporting multiple database engines such as SQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, etc ...
Finally, we will forget all those hours of maintenance and support to our database servers!
What happens to my data in the cloud? Well, Amazon S3 gives us relief when we talk about data, because they have an incredibly secure infrastructure. In addition to intelligently distributing data in different physical regions, they also have integrations such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA / HITECH, FedRAMP, our data will never be compromised.
AWS S3 also has high availability, so accessing your information is just a click away, with almost zero latency of 99.9999999999%. Surely now you wonder how expensive this service is? Well, we are pleased to inform you that it is impressively cheap. First, it has a free layer that includes 5 GB of storage and then starts at the cost of $ 0.023 / month for the first 50TB.
Have you asked yourself how fast your website is? When your users connect, do they have to wait for seconds to open the page? With the Global Content Delivery Service, commonly known as CDN, Amazon is responsible for managing all your content, delivering it and presenting it efficiently. With a minimum latency and with its high integration with other AWS services.
Reaching your target users has never been so easy.
Is my information at risk in the AWS cloud? The answer is NO, with the private network in the cloud your information will only be available to the people or systems that you authorize. With AWS VPC you can create a private virtual network in which your entire IT environment (infrastructure or services) will live totally isolated from the outside world. This way your information is free of exposure.
Going back to the developers’ issue, AWS offers us a very particular notification system that provides integration with any type of application, be it PHP, Python, Node, etc. With Amazon SNS we can send notifications to all our users on any platform, whether it is web or mobile on Android or iOS.
7. Elastic Beanstalk
This is the most attractive service for developers. I know that as a developer you do not want to manage the infrastructure of your site, right? It is normal since its maintenance becomes tedious and difficult to solve any problem. AWS Elastic Beanstalk relieves all this; developers no longer need to manage the infrastructure and focus on developing their software or applications.
Is your server saturated with many requests? You do not know what to do? Stop worrying too much about infrastructure and less about development.
If you, like many other developers, have the problem that your current infrastructure does not support the demands of your developments, then AWS Lambda is for you. This instance allows you to work in an environment highly capable of supporting any development you do. You just take care of the coding and AWS will be responsible for providing the necessary resources, climbing at the same time so that everything works correctly.
9. Amazon Auto Scaling
The magic of AWS - How to expand our application and take it to thousands and millions of users?
Well, Amazon again gives us the solution. With AutoScaling we can manage a fleet of servers which are capable of supporting all the traffic that our application demands. The service is totally free, the only thing charged is the number of instances for the time they run.
10. Amazon Elasticache
Memory caching system of AWS. Elasticache supports Memcache and Redis.
Amazon SQS enables safe message storing as messages travel between applications or microservices, making it possible to decouple the components of an application without worrying about standard queue management tasks.
Building a large-scale email solution can be a complex and costly challenge for a business: you have to build your infrastructure, configure your network, warm up your IP addresses and protect your sender reputation. Many third-party email solutions require contract negotiations and significant up-front costs.
Amazon SES eliminates these challenges, allowing you to start sending email in minutes. You benefit from the years of experience and the sophisticated email infrastructure Amazon.com built to serve its own large-scale customer base.
CloudWatch collects monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events, and visualizes it using automated dashboards so you can get a unified view of your AWS resources, applications, and services that run in AWS and on-premises. You can correlate your metrics and logs to better understand the health and performance of your resources. You can also create alarms based on metric value thresholds you specify.
Here is a sample AWS architecture diagram. Things can be simpler. Things can be complex. Depends on your application.