Bootstrap to billions

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One of the biggest challenges when growing your startup is ensuring your IT infrastructure growth meets your needs in all aspects:
from product growth to cost of maintenance. We hope to help you prepare and manage that challenge.

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Bootstrap to billions

  1. 1. Bootstrap to Billions: Scaling a Startup on AWS
  2. 2. The Importance of Scaling • It is critical to start with growing the business in mind, and avoid taking shortcuts along the way that leave you unprepared and your infrastructure vulnerable • try to strike the right balance of planning for today and predicting tomorrow • The last thing a startup needs to encounter is crippling technical debt: where you engineer with today in mind, and when your customers come knocking down your door, everything grinds to a halt while you rebuild an ill-fitting architecture.
  3. 3. Finding Your Balance • Learn the available services at AWS • Whiteboard it • Mental-scaling • The ‘What Happens If’ Exercise • Tool chest • Apply what you learn
  4. 4. Cost Control and Planning for Growth • Cost is almost universally a leading concern in the early growth phase. And AWS can get pricey if you don’t pay attention to exactly what you’re using and how you’re using it. • The short of cost control: We recommend using spot instances for bursting, development work, and test systems
  5. 5. Leveraging AWS Partners • There are times where it is smarter and quicker to leverage subject matter experts to ensure you are taking everything into consideration when you venture into unchartered waters • An effective way to check and balance AWS is to use a trusted third party tool to monitor your performance and get reassurance that nothing is being hidden
  6. 6. Summary • Startups inherently come with huge risks. • By thinking through the future growth of your cloud infrastructure and leveraging tools and partners, IT doesn’t have to be one of them. • Using the tactical approach described here to design and build your infrastructure with AWS will ensure that you are keeping your bases covered and securing a solid scaffold for future growth
  7. 7. Download the full whitepaper here http://copperegg.com/whitepapers/bootstraps/

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