Amazon AWS Review

Some of the valuable features are EC2, RDS, and Route 53.

What is most valuable?

  • ECS (EC2 Container Services)
  • EC2
  • RDS
  • Route 53

How has it helped my organization?

At this point, we have been testing applications that are managed by third-parties. The benefit we see at this stage is mainly cost. We are now starting to see the benefits that the platform has to offer.

What needs improvement?

At this stage, we have found the services we are using are meeting our needs. We have been asked by management to incorporate high-security (encrypted email and data volumes) on all services. Some of the security features require extra configuration to achieve that.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Amazon AWS for about seven months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

At this point, there have been no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has been good using services like ECS, ECR Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling features.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had a need to engage support for any assistance.

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

Our previous solution was supported by a third-party. We saw the opportunity to reduce cost by managing it ourselves, in-house.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was easy at first, because a lot of the services are wizard driven. We found as we needed to customise the services further, we had to do most of this manually to get the desired result.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing has been quite surprising, since we are running both DEV and UAT platforms simultaneously. It is definitely cheaper than the solution that has been managed by the third-party.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options. This was the one that management had chosen. I do not believe this was based on a technical viewpoint. I just think it was decided.

What other advice do I have?

You have to be able to not think as if on-premises systems are sitting in a data centre. Everything, and I mean everything, is a service that is launched by a script. We are able to run up a platform, say UAT, entirely in about an hour. The plan will be to do this entirely by scripts.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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