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Why use Amazon web services to host your application?

5th October 2017

Amazon web services (AWS) is the Cloud facility that took the data storage world by storm when it first came on the scene in 2006. AWS saw rapid growth and drew a host of famous clients including Spotify, Shazam and Shell to use its facilities, but why? There are multiple reasons why Amazon web services has become so popular and attracted hordes of small, medium and large-scale companies to fulfil their data storage needs, but two factors in particular have enabled AWS to become a giant in the data storage industry: safety and affordability.
Security
Many of AWS’s clients are drawn to using its services for the simple reason of security. Amazon’s cloud computing unit turned over a whopping $12bn in 2016 and can therefore spend vast amounts on security technology and certainly much more than 99% of its users can themselves. This massive investment is a huge draw for companies wanting to keep their Cloud data safe and creates a cycle which in turn keeps AWS’s profits rising with the more clients they pull in and, therefore, more spending on security.
This is especially important with the looming shadow of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) approaching ever closer, as companies will be warier than ever about the risk of personal data in their possession being wrongly accessed and incurring a huge fine. It’s certain that a massive entity such as AWS will be up to date with GDPR protocol and continue to be a safe place to store data, making it a secure choice for the future for all businesses.
Pay as you go
Another huge benefit of AWS, especially for smaller businesses, is its affordability. AWS utilizes a pay-as-you go system that only charges for the services rendered rather than forcing companies to go with an expensive plan that makes them pay for add-ons that they may not want or need.
AWS will bill companies by the hour for their computing capacity, with this flexibility meaning that companies can rest assured knowing that if they require the extra computing power during busy times, they can have it at a fair price and don’t have the worry of their systems crashing thanks to the A-la-carte nature of AWS’s Cloud storage. It’s a fantastic pricing model and an extremely attractive option for start-ups looking to get things moving quickly without having to shell out hefty up-front payments before their business is even on its legs yet.
Give us a call today and learn how Techcare’s cloud solutions today and see how we can work hand in hand with AWS to give your business the perfect start.

How can you make your cloud more secure?

14th September 2017

In the ever changing world of data storage, cloud systems are increasingly becoming more popular and therefore the target of choice for online hackers and other online nasties.

In the ever changing world of data storage, cloud systems are increasingly becoming more popular and therefore the target of choice for online hackers and other online nasties. Bigger punishments for firms who can’t keep their data safe are on the horizon thanks to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which  will become law in May 2018. 71 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) now have applications in the public cloud, but how do you make your cloud more secure to guard against said threats?


WatchGuard Firebox Cloud is an easy and affordable choice to make your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) more secure in an instant. It does this, in short, by bringing WatchGuard’s leading Firebox Unified Threat Management (UTM) applications to the cloud world. Cyber-threats such as botnets, SQL injection attempts, cross-site scripting and other intrusion vectors are instantly guarded against thanks to Firebox Cloud’s outstanding security capabilities, which provide in-depth and advanced protection against anyone, or anything, trying to access your Cloud data.


In addition to this, Firebox Cloud is fully compatible with WatchGuard Dimension, the fit-for-cloud security visibility solution that was selected as Network Computing’s Best New Product of the Year. Dimension provides an array of reporting tools which pick up on new security issues and trends the instant they become apparent, delivering priceless up-to-date insights to security policies across your business and that helps keep your online data secure.


Using Amazon Web Services? Whilst this ever-popular choice for cloud storage is renowned for spending massive amounts on security and is well-known for having a safe infrastructure, some responsibility still rests with businesses in terms of their security approach to content, platform, applications and network. AWS does indeed provide an access control list (ACL) which acts as a firewall for controlling one or more subnets, but controlling access remains only a fraction of the security challenge facing businesses. Firebox Cloud eliminates the aforementioned problems and actually enhances the security of AWS by providing the capability to inspect inbound and outbound traffic with a comprehensive set of security tools which identify and protect against cyber-attacks before they become deadly.
Firebox Cloud can also offer the additional bonus of being able to make your Cloud safer for the right price with a choice of small, medium, large and extra-large products available depending on the size of your security needs. What’s more, you can access a free trial of WatchGuard Firebox’s extensive security capabilities for yourself and see first-hand the difference Firebox Cloud can do to make your cloud safer than ever.


Want to find out more? Give us a call today and see how we can improve your network security with best in class solutions to safeguard your data.
 

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