Curator’s Choice: Hosting


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Hosting Overview:


While there are a multitude of hosting providers out there, hosting really is a necessary evil for anything cloud. The hosting providers are the plumbing of internet and the biggest one of them is with its Amazon webservices. What we value most about them is the flexible nature of their web services and the ease of provisioning resources to scale. Many of the internet’s favorite consumer web services run on Amazon’s AWS – think dropbox, pinterest, et al

The extensive range of dedicated services within AWS makes it the current go-to solution for serious cloud-powered businesses. You can think of AWS as your datacenter in the cloud.

In summary we value AWS’s:

  • extensive services range
  • flexible provisioning and pricing structure
  • scalability
  • security


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Products & Services


Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud delivers scalable, pay-as-you-go compute capacity in the cloud.

Amazon Elastic MapReduce

Amazon Elastic MapReduce is a web service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data.

Auto Scaling

Auto Scaling allows you to automatically scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down according to conditions you define.

Elastic Load Balancing

Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances.

Content Delivery

Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is a web service that makes it easy to distribute content with low latency via a global network of edge locations.


Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

Amazon Relational Database Service is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud.

Amazon DynamoDB 

Amazon DynamoDB is a fully-managed, high performance, NoSQL database service that is easy to set up, operate, and scale.

Amazon SimpleDB

Amazon SimpleDB is a managed NoSQL database service designed for smaller datasets.

Amazon ElastiCache

Amazon ElastiCache is a web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud.


Deployment & Management

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

IAM enables you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your users. IAM enables you to create and manage users in AWS, and enables you to grant access to AWS resources for users managed outside of AWS in your corporate directory.

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch is a web service that provides monitoring for AWScloud resources, starting with Amazon EC2.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an even easier way to quickly deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and Elastic Beanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.

AWS CloudFormation

AWS CloudFormation is a service that gives developers and businesses an easy way to create a collection of related AWS resources and provision them in an orderly and predictable fashion.

Application Services

Amazon CloudSearch

Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications.

Amazon Simple Workflow Service (SWF)

Amazon Simple Workflow Service (Amazon SWF) helps you coordinate the processing steps in your applications and manage distributed execution state.

Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)

Amazon Simple Queue Service provides a hosted queue for storing messages as they travel between computers, making it easy to build automated workflow between Web services.

Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)

Amazon Simple Notification Service is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud.

Amazon Simple Email Service (SES)

Amazon Simple Email Service is a highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for the cloud.



AWS Marketplace

AWS Marketplace is an online store that helps customers find, buy, and immediately start using software that runs on the AWS cloud. It includes software from trusted vendors like SAP, Zend, Microsoft, IBM, Canonical, and 10gen as well as many widely used open source offerings including WordPress, Drupal, and MediaWiki.



Amazon Route 53

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you provision a private, isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define. With Amazon VPC, you can define a virtual network topology that closely resembles a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter.

AWS Direct Connect

AWS Direct Connect makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from your premise to AWS, which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections.

Payments & Billing

Amazon Flexible Payments Service (FPS)

Amazon Flexible Payments Service facilitates the digital transfer of money between any two entities, humans or computers.

Amazon DevPay

Amazon DevPay is a billing and account management service which enables developers to collect payment for their AWS applications.


Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the Web.

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

Amazon Elastic Block Store provides block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS volumes are off-instance storage that persists independently from the life of an instance.

AWS Import/Export

AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport.

AWS Storage Gateway

AWS Storage Gateway is a service connecting an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure.


AWS Support

AWS Support is a one-on-one, fast-response support channel to help you build and run applications on AWS Infrastructure Services.

Web Traffic

Alexa Web Information Service

Alexa Web Information Service makes Alexa’s huge repository of data about structure and traffic patterns on the Web available to developers.

Alexa Top Sites

Alexa Top Sites exposes global website traffic data as it is continuously collected and updated by Alexa Traffic Rank.


Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk enables companies to access thousands of global workers on demand and programmatically integrate their work into various business processes.


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Curator’s Choice – Web Content Management


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WordPress is one of, if not THE, leading blogging frameworks and content management systems today. Its open source nature and extensive extendability make it the go-to choice for many small businesses. Its ease of use and large number of themes and plug-ins mean that one can start publishing a blog or website within a few minutes without the need of an experienced IT ninja.

While it in the end comes down to personal taste, we at SBCFE believe that only the best is good enough for our clients. As such, we have selected WordPress as our curator’s choice.


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