AWS (Amazon Web Services) is definitely the right choice for your production environment

When your doing your own blog or your own webpage, you can easily choose some simple setup like the ones provided by DigitalOcean. However, when it comes to a scalable setup, AWS is simply unbeatable. Why you may ask? Well, because it offers everything your heart desires. This may be daunting at first, but in the long run it’s definitely easier to manage everything on AWS. And by everything, I mean everything. Most people only think about servers “and a bunch of confusing stuff” when they think about AWS, but once you start looking at it for a bit, you’ll start enjoying the other stuff just as much.

Registrar: Route 53

You won’t need GoDaddy or Gandi or any other registrar anymore. There’s Route 53 for that. So you can also handle your DNS with AWS!

Certificates (SSL): ACM

Obtaining SSL certificates used to be expensive. Nowadays it’s free with things like letsencrypt, but it can be even easier: With ACM (Amazon Certificate Manager) you have created certificates within minutes, ready to attach to anything on AWS just with clicking.

Servers (obviously): EC2

The beginners choice for servers are EC2 Instances. Just spin them up, configure with some settings (security groups etc.) and do whatever you like with them. There isn’t much benefit here over other serverfarms, except that it’s a bit cheaper, more flexible and integrates well with the other AWS services. Next an example for integration.

Load Balancer (also EC2)

From the first server on, it’s a smart idea to put the server behind a load balancer. This ensures that you can easily attach and detach servers on load changes, as opposed to registering your DNS to just one server. In a production environment, this kind of creeps me out. E.g. what happens when you want to reboot the server for updating the kernel? No chance without a load balancer.

File Storage: S3

You could store your files in your db, but it’s also possible and perhaps even more flexible to store them in S3 buckets. You can even build your entire db-system on the S3 storage system, e.g. by storing JSON documents into the S3. S3 has versioning, so you could even build on this!

Security

AWS doesn’t leave security up to chance. Their security is world-leading in all aspects

Availability

AWS has a ridiculously high availability, so you don’t even need to worry that much anymore about accidental data loss by server breakage or something like that. You could furthermore use versioned S3 buckets to give you a backup history

Accessibility

With IAM Users and security groups, AWS has a logical and easy to use interface to manage security to your instances and to your AWS controls. You can even enable MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) to make sure your precious production environment maybe worth millions isn’t just accessible by a leaked password.

Conclusion

That’s just the tip of the iceberg and what we’re using at the moment, but just for about every need you might encounter with your Web-Setup, AWS has the perfect solution for you.

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