re: Amazon Web Services: What's It Good For?
AWS has certainly changed the IT world, and the cloud offers all new possibilities for IT processes and applications. One of the great things about AWS is that it has a fantastic ecosystem that extends the possibilities far beyond AWS's already impressive suite of native services. One such product is our own Zadara Storage Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSA), that lets businesses and enterprises run existing apps in the cloud with NFS and iSCSI protocols, just like they do in traditional, on-premise NAS and SAN arrays. This combination allows everything from demanding legacy and mission-critical applications to repository and secondary storage to run in AWS today, with all the benefits you mentioned, e.g., elasticity and a focus on OpEx. In addition to our customers who are deploying made-for-the-cloud applications, we see more and more customers bringing existing apps to the cloud, as the skepticism you mention is diminishing. Exciting times.