Amazon AWS Review

Great for experimenting with different setups and rolling out solutions effectively but monitoring could be better

What is most valuable?

All of them in different scenarios, hard to tell.

How has it helped my organization?

Yes. It allows us to cheaply experiment with lots of different setups, evaluate prices and business ROI, and rollout solutions effectively.

What needs improvement?

Monitoring could be better IMHO. We currently hack together an extra monitoring piece into the puzzle for each project.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since 2008

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

When the service started it had a few issues, it kept improving drastically.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not in the past couple of years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not in the past couple of years.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Excellent.Technical Support: Excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used sporadic in-house machines, hosted services with different vendors. Reliability and ease of use were key.

How was the initial setup?

There was a learning curve, starting to work with the service, too many 3 letters in the lingo. Courses and training and books and a podcast really help.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Different cost analysis of hosted services and co-locations.

What other advice do I have?

Take it slow, there is a learning curve, but you get a return on your time for every hour you invest in learning to use this service.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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