Two of our engineers, Olivier Lauzon and Lee Bankewitz, were quoted earlier this week in a TechTarget article on their SearchCloudComputing site entitled “Startups omit in-house IT with Amazon Web Services.” Read on for the excerpt below, or view the full article here.
Startup companies, in particular, are focused on growth. Since those organizations are intent on expanding, they choose cloud computing for its ability to scale.
Movable Ink, a New York-based email provider startup, deployed AWS for its scalability and storage savings. Engineer Olivier Lauzon said the cloud helped the company decrease host provisioning times and costs, and it reduced the amount of restarts IT had to do.
“The cost of storage on the hosts we were using was prohibitive,” he said. “Initially, it was mostly about savings, but once we were storing the data properly, we realized there was a whole ecosystem of AWS tools.”
Small businesses also are drawn to AWS because those companies are less likely than enterprises to afford in-house security tools and encryption capabilities. AWS bundles in encryption features for which startups would otherwise have to pay a hefty price.
“Especially for startups, having a good encryption infrastructure is really key,” Lauzon said. “Enterprises are used to having that already.”
Plus, enterprises are more bureaucratic and have internal politics that dictate cloud decision-making, said Movable Ink engineer Lee Bankewitz. That could prevent those companies from adopting AWS, but there are plenty of reasons enterprises might need the cloud. They can deploy cloud services to separate groups within the organization if certain divisions want autonomy and less interaction with IT, he said. “Data processing is where enterprises will need AWS,” he added.