I run a consulting firm located in Florida that specializes in cloud implementations. My main focus is Amazon Web Services and am a AWS Certified Solutions Architect. I have been working with AWS for over five years now and am intimately familiar with all of the AWS pieces involved in web hosting including EC2, RDS, S3, Cloudfront, VPC, Route 53, etc.
I've also been running forums for at least thirteen years and have worked in the IT field for over sixteen. The majority of my forum career involved vBulletin, but I recently made the (wise) decision to move my forum (with 1M+ posts) over to Xenforo. Since a properly designed AWS infrastructure is dynamic, I'm already seeing cost savings due to lower compute requirements.
As mentioned, AWS is engineered to be intelligently scalable. During times of heavy load, compute resources are automatically added, and then destroyed when load dies down. It's this elasticity that results in the most cost savings. In a traditional IT infrastructure, your gear has to be purchased with the highest load in mind. When that load disappears, your pricey hardware is sitting idle. With AWS, idle resources are reclaimed and you aren't charged for them.
I'm a huge proponent of Amazon Web Services. They really can provide the entire stack needed for intelligent forum hosting from horsepower, to CDN, to backups. With all that said, I'm offering a few different services to those who are interested.
* Design and migration with hand off
* Design, migration, and managed services
* Design and implementation
Please contact me so that we can get the discussion started.