Any cloud service, whether it is a website, a complex business system or an API is implemented by one or more servers connected to the Internet. Many developers and hosting services keep control of these services which makes it potentially difficult for you to scale up your services, add more developers or change your arrangements.
Hosting services also frequently add your service to an existing server that may already be providing many other services for other clients. This invariably means variable performance and additional secuirty risks (although with quality services, these risks are small). Having your own server is almost always preferable and, these days, it is inexpensive.
At PWC we generally recommend that you use a service such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) to keep as much ownership as possible in your own hands. AWS can support any cloud application from a fairly small website right up to a service on the scale of Amazon or Google. To cover this huge range, AWS supplies a bewildering array of web services but, don't worry, we will select the ones appropriate to your need.
It takes less than ten minutes to set up your own AWS account with us added so that we can set up the initial servers and related elements to get your application up and running online:
This gives us the ability to create the things that are needed but not to add or alter users. Thus you can remove our access if you ever need to (you wont, but it's nice to know you can) and, more importantly you can change permissions and add other users in future as the need arises.
That is all you need to do. Total server costs depend upon usage but will typically be anything from zero to $30pcm during development.
We can start work with just an IP address but it will probably be more convenient if we use a domain name from the start. We can supply one of our placeholders or we can help you associate any domain you wish with the server. The instructions for this vary depending upon your domain registrar.
We will guide you through using AWS as necessary so you can minimise operational costs and keep control over your services running your software.
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