Choose the Right Architecture for your Startup on AWS as a CTO 🏗️☁️
Updated: Oct 4
As a CTO of a StartUp, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the right architecture for your business on AWS (Amazon Web Services). And using AWS can be a game-changer for your project. This cloud computing platform offers a wide range of services that can help StartUps scale and grow quickly. However, with any new technology, there are some very important considerations that early-stage companies should consider when getting started on AWS. Your AWS architecture can greatly impact the scalability, security, and cost efficiency of your initiative. In this article, we’ll discuss the key considerations and steps a CTO should take when choosing the right architecture for their deployment on AWS.
After posting our 1st AWS StartUps related post “10 Mistakes StartUp Founders Make when Getting Started on AWS”, today we would like to share a 2nd article inspired by our participation at the AWS Technical Founder Sprint: Best practices to take your startup from zero to one in the cloud and also motivated by our journey as Select Tier Services Partner at binbash helping StartUps to build, launch and scale their workloads effectively on AWS (Amazon Web Services) for years.
1. Understand Your Business Requirements and Goals
Before you start designing your AWS architecture, it’s important to understand your business's specific requirements and goals and how AWS can align with them. For example, your business goals may include fast time-to-market, high availability, and seamless scalability. By defining these objectives, you can choose the right AWS services and design an architecture that meets your needs.
Other important considerations that could help if you can get to know them beforehand could include understanding your traffic patterns, data storage needs, and compliance requirements. By understanding these factors, you’ll be able to design an architecture that meets the needs of your business.
Figure: BUILD, MEASURE, LEARN (Source: Feedback and analysis in digital service development projects, accessed February 25th 2023)
2. Understand the Pricing and Optimize Cost Structure of AWS Services
📚 Recommended reading (probably a must-read):How AWS pricing works: Key Principles
AWS offers a wide range of cost optimization options, and it’s important to take advantage of them to keep your costs under control.
One of the most common mistakes that founders make when getting started on AWS is not understanding the pricing and cost structure of the services they are using. AWS has a wide range of services and pricing options, and it’s important to understand how they work and how they will impact your costs. Make sure you understand the costs associated with each service, including any hidden costs or usage-based charges.
Figure: Amazon EC2 Purchase Options (Source: Cost optimization on AWS, AWS Initiate Public Sector Presentation, accessed February 25th 2023)
3. Evaluate the Services Available
AWS offers a wide range of services, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. As a CTO, it’s important to evaluate the services available and choose the ones that are most appropriate for your specific use case. This includes fully managed services PaaS (like AWS RDS a fully managed DB engine) vs IaaS (Installing and maintaining your DB Engine inside an EC2 Instance).
Figure: What is cloud computing? (Source: Types of cloud computing, accessed April 19th 2023)