Amazon AWS Review

Terms Of Licencing And Reserved Instances Are Very Efficient

What is most valuable?

Amount of services, fully-managed services, and the power of Infrastructure as code (deployment and automation). AWS has many atomic services (Lambda, SNS, SQS. and so on…).

How has it helped my organization?

Migration of On Premise Data Center to AWS to allow cost optimization, and full operational automation to focus on experimentation and innovation.

Cross account possibilities for a big IT organization (user management, resources management, etc.).

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to be able to test Direct Connect without having to pay a line. Also, the possibility to use VPC Peering with one point VPN Gateway (for the moment, impossible).

For how long have I used the solution?

More than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not yet.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not when we know scalability optimization and processes.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not call AWS support yet, but it seems to be very fast according to the various returns I had.

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

Switched to be more global (AWS Region) and more to the way of a serverless paradigm.

How was the initial setup?

Very simple, an e-mail address, a credit card, and the account is open.

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

The Free Tiers program is great for testing solutions.

Their terms of licencing and reserved instances are very efficient (like Spot Instances for identified workloads).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not really, I fell in love with AWS right away: their services, quality and quantity of documentation. With the various testimonies that I received, I had no doubt.

What other advice do I have?

The Cloud Adoption Framework and the Well-Architected on AWS documents are a must read.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: AWS Partner
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