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Brian Corbell
User
Founder with 51-200 employees
Dec 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Bidding on instances with dynamic pricing. So, I can do something that is not critical in terms of speed, like a production system, but testing and bid at an uber low price, and I… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It improves the speed for us to access vendors, etc. AWS is extremely slow over the internet. Where we have GigE fiber over dedicated OC48 links, and when ping times to Dallas, TX… more»

What needs improvement?

The network is way overloaded. Comcast is overloaded. So between the two, it sucks. I am used to Level (3) or Verizon/Alter.net AS701 with fabulous ping times and throughput, where I… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have pushed clients towards Microsoft Azure. I have bugged Microsoft to add links to their network in the BNA region, BNA to Atlanta (additional link), BNA to MCI aka Kansas City… more»
Sergio Yazyi
Consultant
IT Strategy & Change Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Accelerates innovation through fast experimentation cycles in an agile, flexible, and scalable platform.

How has it helped my organization?

Enables fast prototyping, simulation, and rapid deployment of infrastructure configurations. Has low risk exploration of… more»

What needs improvement?

Considering the rate of innovation of AWS and the vast range of services offered (over 15+ categories, 50+ services in… more»

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

On demand, pay-as-you-go pricing is powerful to optimize expenses, but it’s important to keep a technical cost controlling… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I previously favored RackSpace and Digital Ocean for simplicity and focus for certain use cases (development prototypes… more»

What other advice do I have?

Test drive it with prototype applications, reproduce development and testing environments, and standardize your stacks to… more»
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Gurudeva Kalledevarpurada B
Real User
IT Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Features such as EC2, S3, EBS, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, VPC (Virtual Private Cloud), RDS (Relational Data… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For one of the clients I worked with, it has provided excellent storage solutions and infrastructure for deploying Java… more»

What needs improvement?

Many of our clients prefer in-house cloud rather than the application data sitting in the infrastructure owned and managed… more»

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

It is decently priced. The competition is also bringing its own cloud offerings, such as from Oracle.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have used Azure and some other applications. We will continue to use them. We like keeping 2-3 vendors to have a… more»

What other advice do I have?

It depends upon the requirements and the regulatory compliance issues of the customer. For small to medium customers, AWS… more»
Onur Gurdamar
Real User
Software Architect / Senior Software Engineer / AWS Cloud Architect / Azure Cloud Architect / DevOps Engineer at a tech services company
Jul 05 2017

What is most valuable?

I have been using almost every service on AWS for years. I'm trying to test every new service as soon as possible. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With AWS services, we can focus on our products, and that makes our customers happier! Also we can provide higher SLAs for… more»

What needs improvement?

These days, technology is changing every day and AWS is one of the leaders of this change. They are at least one step… more»

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

If you can plan capacity for one or three years, you can use the upfront payment option which allows you to save up to… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I've never switched to any other cloud provider, but I've tested nearly all of them. Testing all providers gives you a… more»

What other advice do I have?

AWS has great how-to documents and videos. You can use these materials. We are here to help them whatever they need on… more»
John Laham
Real User
Google Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

Elasticity has always been AWS's mandate. The flexibility of their platform from a systems perspective lives up to its… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have been providing consulting services around the cloud solution for the past four to five years, during which AWS was… more»

What needs improvement?

* I would have hoped that their networking model was a little more network oriented and flexible, as is their systems… more»

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

Be careful with your consumption, especially when you are testing things. Costs can creep up on you relatively fast… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

AWS was sort of the first of its kind, so I did not use a different solution previously. However, today I find myself a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Picking a cloud platform is not a process that should be taken for granted. The leading cloud service providers today each… more»
Aditi Malaviya
Real User
COO at a tech vendor
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

We have deployed a variety of services from AWS. Most commonly EC2, EBS, S3, Lambda, Elastic Search, RDS and NFS Gateway… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were not a "born in the cloud" company. Our email server solution was first deployed as on-premise, then as a hosted… more»

What needs improvement?

AWS is innovating at a very fast pace. They are very customer focused. They keep up and exceed customer expectations.

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

If you want to move all production loads to AWS, the fastest way forward is lift and shift (which is what we did)… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have hosted our SaaS offerings on various data centers in India and the USA prior to moving all the workload on to AWS.

What other advice do I have?

There can be a tendency to get excited by all the options available. We advise to start small and focus on the services… more»
Joseph Matthew
Real User
I help CTOs/Managed Service Providers save 7%-55% on AWS bills with AI. at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Mar 15 2018

What is most valuable?

Serverless computing: This can be more cost-efficient just regarding computing resources than renting or purchasing a fixed quantity of servers… more»

How has it helped my organization?

AWS helped us reduce costs from CapEx to OpEex. Some of the introduced one-year and three-year reservations helped us reduce costs early on. With… more»

What needs improvement?

AWS Marketplace: Somehow Amazon associated their marketplace as a place to find images of various installs (preconfigured software) and was late in… more»

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

Much faster than other solutions at a super low cost. One of the best-kept ways to reduce costs is to develop it on serverless technologies with… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used AWS for the last eight years since 2010. Previously, we used various VPS, dedicated servers, and Amazon's solutions, which were crude… more»
Aimee White
Real User
Website and EComm at a local government with 10,001+ employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

* S3 storage buckets * Glacier storage * EC2 instances * Cloud Trail API log storage

How has it helped my organization?

Everything is moving into the cloud and AWS is the leader. Not understanding puts a person behind. I've worked with charities so the ability to… more»

What needs improvement?

Amazon are as innovative as they are able to deliver. Areas that need improvement are dealt with pretty quickly so I have no complaints. Perhaps… more»

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

AWS is scalable depending on your needs so pricing is dependant on what you use. Just be careful not to leave VMs running as you can find your next… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used to use Rackspace but AWS's innovation and range of products meant I swapped over.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon.com. These services operate from 12 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as "EC2", and Amazon Simple Storage Service, also known as "S3". Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

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