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Greg Schulz
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 23 2017

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

PART I In case you missed it, there were some public cloud outages during the recent Christmas 2012-holiday season. One incident involved Microsoft Xbox (view the Microsoft Azure status dashboard here) users were impacted, and the other was another Amazon Web Services (AWS) incident. Microsoft and AWS are not alone, most if not all cloud services have had some type of incident and have gone on to improve from those outages. Google has had issues with different applications and services including some in December 2012 along with a Gmail incident that received covered back in 2011. For those interested, here is a link to the AWS status dashboard and a link to the AWS December 24 2012 incident postmortem. In the case of the recent AWS incident which affected users such as Netflix,...
Greg Schulz
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Feb 22 2017

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

In case you missed it, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has enhanced their cloud services (Elastic Cloud Compute or EC2) along with storage offerings. These include Relational Database Service (RDS), DynamoDB, Elastic Block Store (EBS), and Simple Storage Service (S3). Enhancements include new functionality along with availability or reliability in the wake of recent events (outages or service disruptions). Earlier this year AWS announced their Cloud Storage Gateway solution that you can read an analysis here. More recently AWS announced provisioned IOPS among other enhancements (see AWS whats new page here). Before announcing Glacier, options for Amazon storage services relied on general purpose S3 or EBS with other Amazon services. S3 has provided users the ability to select different...
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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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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

What other advice do I have?

Test drive it with prototype applications, reproduce development and testing environments, and standardize your stacks... more»
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... 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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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,... 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... 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»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... 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»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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»
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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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