Amazon AWS Review

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

Valuable Features

All of them in different scenarios, hard to tell.

Improvements to My Organization

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

Room for Improvement

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

Use of Solution

Since 2008

Deployment Issues

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

Stability Issues

Not in the past couple of years.

Scalability Issues

Not in the past couple of years.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Excellent.Technical Support: Excellent.

Previous Solutions

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

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.

Other Solutions Considered

Different cost analysis of hosted services and co-locations.

Other Advice

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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