10 Things AWS Can Do for Your SaaS Company

AWS is a terrific platform for businesses that want to utilize cloud technology.

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AWS (Amazon Web Services), the comprehensive and evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon, is comprised of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and packaged software as a service (SaaS).

With its wide array of tools and convenience, AWS has already become a popular choice for many SaaS companies. Whether it’s data management, analytics, or scalability, AWS can be the top-notch solution for any SaaS company.

If you’re curious about this service as well, but don’t know a lot about it, keep reading. In this article we will list 10 things AWS can do for your SaaS company.

Let’s just dive right in.

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What is AWS?

With over 200 fully functional services from data centers worldwide, Amazon Web Services (AWS) stands as the world’s most comprehensive and widely adopted cloud platform.

Cloud computing platform AWS, which is owned by American giant Amazon.com, provides APIs and computing platforms on a metered pay-as-you-go basis, for individuals, companies, and governments. It has brought a lot of data to the cloud in recent years.

AWS SaaS: When to use it?

SaaS companies that should consider AWS SaaS include:

  • Businesses or startups that need their eCommerce site up and running quickly and do not have time to deal with server or software issues.
  • Companies that prefer to collaborate quickly, easily, and affordably.
  • Companies whose applications are rarely used, such as tax software.
  • Companies that want to give their customers access to both the web and mobile devices.

10 Things AWS can do for your SaaS company

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This article finally gets to the core question we started with: what can AWS do for your SaaS business? Well, let’s find out.

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1. Data storage databases

Your SaaS company can store and protect any amount of data using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), which is ideal for data lakes, cloud-native applications, and mobile apps.

Its cost-effective service solutions ensure that you can optimize costs, organize data, and provide access controls to meet your business, organizational, and regulatory needs.

2. Management of data

Your SaaS company can automate time-consuming tasks like provisioning, patching, backup, recovery, and failure detection and repair with Amazon Aurora, a MySQL-compatible database from Amazon.

As your needs change, you can easily switch from smaller to larger instance types, or Aurora will automatically scale for you.

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3. Migration

It is typically necessary to track many components of migrations, specifically the status of servers and databases being migrated. Different tools are typically used to track these components.

In addition, AWS offers a variety of tools to assist users in migrating applications, databases, servers, and data to its public cloud.

As an example, AWS Migration Hub provides the ability to track the progress of all these components in one place, making it easier to see overall data migration progress and reducing the time to determine current status and next steps.

4. Networking

Every SaaS company relies on networking. In addition, it is also true that this is a job that will take time and effort to accomplish.

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Instead, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) gives your SaaS company complete control over your networking infrastructure, including how resources are placed, how connections are made, and how security is maintained.

5. Development tools

In the software development and release process, there is a great deal of time and effort involved.

Rather, AWS developer tools facilitate the development process by putting at your disposal tools like software development kits (SDKs), code editors, and continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) services, among others.

With these tools, your SaaS can:

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  • Merge and improve the application code constantly
  • Automate the development, testing, and release of software
  • Integrate operations and developer workflows
  • And much more.

As a result, using the AWS tools will help you develop your software and applications more efficiently and more quickly.

6. Management

While maintaining cost control, SaaS companies may have to innovate quickly.

As part of AWS Managed Services, you can automate common tasks such as change requests, monitoring, patch management, security, and backup services, and you can provide full-lifecycle services to provision, run, and support your infrastructure.

7. Security

With the advancement of technology and more people accessing the internet, data security has become increasingly important. It can be difficult to handle this on your own, and it requires some responsibility on your part.

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AWS instead offers services that help keep your data, accounts, and workloads secure from unauthorized access. Also, AWS data protection services provide encryption and key management, as well as threat detection for continuous monitoring and protection of your accounts and workloads.

8. Analytics

The analysis of tons of data for your SaaS business can be extremely time-consuming, and it could even be impossible if done manually.

Rather, AWS offers a variety of data movement, data storage, data lakes, big data analytics, log analytics, streaming analytics, and machine learning (ML) services to suit any need.

9. Artificial intelligence (AI)

AWS also offers a variety of AI model development and delivery platforms, as well as packaged AI-based applications.

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The Amazon AI suite includes the following examples of tools:

  • Amazon Lex for voice and text chatbot technology;
  • Amazon Polly for text-to-speech translation; 
  • Amazon Rekognition for image and facial analysis.

AWS also offers developers the technology to develop smart apps using machine learning and complex algorithms.

Also, developers can connect GPU clusters or compute-optimized instances to AWS Deep Learning Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) to create and train custom AI models.

10. Messages and notification

The messaging services provided by AWS enable users and applications to communicate.

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The Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a managed message queue that sends, stores, and receives messages between components of distributed applications to ensure that they all work together.

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) allows businesses to send publish/subscribe messages to endpoints, such as end users or services. SNS supports push messaging to mobile devices.

Instead, Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) allows IT professionals and marketers to send and receive emails.

Benefits of using AWS for your SaaS company

There are many reasons that explain why you SaaS company should be start using AWS. The following are some of the most relevant benefits you could take advantage of.

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Easy to use

Easy and intuitive AWS Management Console enables everyone, including application providers, ISVs, and vendors, to learn what each tool does and quickly and securely host your applications – whether a new SaaS application or an existing one.

Flexible

AWS is a highly flexible system, and you can customize it to meet your business needs. As a result, AWS allows you to choose the operating system, programming language, web application platform, database, and other services you require. 

Cost-effective

Due to its pay-as-you-go policy, there’s no obligation to sign a long-term contract. You pay only for the capabilities you use. Therefore, you can expect maximum efficiency while saving money.

Scalable and high performance

With AWS, you won’t need to worry about scaling your services as demand increases. In fact, with tools such as AWS tools, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing, your application can automatically scale up or down according to demand. 

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Reliable

For over a decade, Amazon Web Services has provided secure, reliable, and scalable global computer infrastructure to support Amazon’s multibillion dollar online business. You can therefore trust its reliability.

Secure

Amazon Web Services uses end-to-end security and hardening measures for its infrastructure, including physical, operational, and software measures.

Hiring a team for AWS management

Although you may want to make use of Amazon Web Services, you may not have the necessary skills or knowledge or simply do not have the time.

Such a situation would require a professional’s help. Nevertheless, if you are thinking about hiring someone, you may find it difficult to choose a candidate without knowing what skills and knowledge to look for.

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Luckily, there are many Human Resource (HR) software programs today that offer candidates the chance to take a variety of technical assessments, which allows you to evaluate them almost automatically. See this AWS assessment template for a better understanding of the assessment format and functionality.

By the time candidates have completed the test, the system will automatically rank them from the top score to the bottom score. This will allow you to instantly see the top performing candidates with whom you can continue the hiring process.

Conclusions

This blog post has demonstrated how AWS can greatly benefit your SaaS company, on multiple levels.

Data management, security, analytics, and much more, are all tasks that Amazon can reduce and help you handle in an easier and more efficient manner.

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By taking advantage of all of them, or just some, you will be able to run your SaaS company more smoothly.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Hopefully, it was informative and helpful to you.

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If you want to read more on the topic, please check out this article on optimizing SaaS pricing strategy based on data analysis.

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Dariia Herasymova is a Recruitment Team Lead at Devox Software. She hires software development teams for startups, small businesses, and enterprises. She carries out a full cycle of recruitment; creates job descriptions based on talks with clients, searches and interviews candidates, and onboards the newcomers. Dariia knows how to build HR and recruitment processes from scratch. She strives to find a person with appropriate technical and soft skills who will share the company's values. When she has free time, she writes articles on various outsourcing models for our blog.