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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 will usually get what I want.

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 from San Francisco is 30ms RTT on average, AWS is always… 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 click something and it works. It is the problem with the… 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, BNA to Chicago, BNA to WDC, and BNA to Dallas, TX to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When they first moved Amazon Seller Central to AWS CloudFront from AWS, I would see connections to Hong Kong and Singapore. Maybe I was sent there because the USA East was overloaded. I do not know. So, we started using Verisign for… 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, which involves periods of underutilization or nonuse. It can even be more cost-efficient than… more»

How has it helped my organization?

AWS helped us reduce costs from CapEx to OpEx. Some of the introduced one-year and three-year reservations helped us reduce costs early on. With time, we learned how to minimize our at REST capacity, allowing us to scale up and scale down… 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 the game enabling and promoting SaaS-based solutions. Thus, the AWS marketplace has near… 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 AWS Lambda, SNS, DynamoDB, and S3. Business example: By deploying our websites on Amazon S3… 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 but a promise for something beyond the traditional infrastructure options.
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Ajay Mendez
Real User
Founder at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Aug 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* It's pay-as-you-go. * It has a breadth of solutions for databases, data mining, AI. * They release new solutions almost every quarter and you don't get that kind of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With the pay-as-you-go model, we don't have to predict future IT needs. We can just scale up as we want. That helps with a lot of agility in deploying stuff in our IT… more»

What needs improvement?

The AWS documentation is written in a way that is not very intuitive. That's an area they can improve.

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

I think the pricing becomes a problem as the IT organization grows. They need to give better pricing when companies grow.

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

Ours is a new company and we decided to go with AWS right from the beginning. The most important criterion when selecting a vendor is their ability to help us get started… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look for what is required to deploy the apps in your particular organization. For example, if it's AI-driven then probably Google is a better cloud to go after. If there… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at all the cloud platforms. AWS had more breadth in the services they offered.
Ahmed Poshi
Real User
Technology Solution Specialist at FORTE CLOUD
Feb 14 2019

What is most valuable?

There are many benefits to AWS. For our customers, it optimizes their TCO. In terms of computing, they can scale up and out.

How has it helped my organization?

In our company, Amazon provides us with a lot of help like training for our staff. They always support us with any service or any solution. The security updates is perfect. and also supports for customers.

What needs improvement?

There's not specific things for improvement but that being said, they can improve the overall process and features of the product and to enhancement the stability.

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

Amazon is the leader in the public cloud categories, it has the largest market shares. I ask our customers why they're not using it.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a 9.5 out of ten. It's the leader in the public cloud and a leader in the market. I would recommend it to any customer using another solution. I would offer it as an alternative to another similar solution like… more»
Fran Maita
Real User
Analyst at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
Aug 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* Cutting-edge design * Ease of use * Market adaptability * Accessibility * Creator guarantee

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization has benefited tremendously with Amazon AWS since its implementation as we race to find new digital marketing strategies.

What needs improvement?

In the next editions, the use of this tool should be extended to Google and Apple operating systems.

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

Before choosing you can read other opinions and opt for the best tool that has aesthetic value and focus that is on par with Amazon AWS.

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

I have never used a tool like this, and since its implementation I have seen great results.

What other advice do I have?

It is a platform of high quality and commercial versatility. It is of the best that exist in the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was evaluating other avant-garde options but none were better than Amazon AWS.
Ayush Mehrotra
Real User
Network & Server Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Feb 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* Spin up the server when we need it: We can spun up the new server. * Elastic IP: Sometimes, our website gets hacked with malware and it is easy to change the IP of the Instance. * Snapshot: We can easily create a snapshot in Amazon AWS, then restore it. * RDS: Manages all the database queries. *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Amazon AWS has improved our organization. It has all the features which we need. We can spin up the server anytime and have root access to it. We built our website and hosted the Amazon server. We also set up the RDS database, which has the capability to help the MySQL queries. The user interface is… more»

What needs improvement?

Technical support: It has the technical support features, but they need to be improved. It has lots of users, but they need to be managed accordingly.

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

One of the best things in Amazon AWS is you are billed for the service you use.
Osama Mustafa
Consultant
Cloud Expert | DevOps | Oracle Consultant at confidential
Jan 11 2019

What is most valuable?

* Lambda. * Alex development edge. * CloudFormation. All of these features I've used heavily provide the best solution for any client.

How has it helped my organization?

AWS provides full IaaS and PaaS for any company with a perfect price, with features that exist in this vendor I don't see in any other vendor.

What needs improvement?

* I would like to see Lambda (code storage management), which means being able to increase our code storage limit through support. * Another example which is Simple Queue… more»

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

AWS pricing Reasonable & affordable by any business size, Small, Medium or large.

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

Regarding to my work i am dealing with different cloud vendor all the time, but i never switch one solution to another.

What other advice do I have?

None

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

None
LucSteenhuyse
Vendor
Senior TV and Media Consultant at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Apr 15 2018

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

What is our primary use case?

Web server hosting of a simple LAMP setup using Linux, Apache, and MySQL. Quick, cheap proof of concept solutions. 

How has it helped my organization?

No need for an on-premise infrastructure. It provides immediate access to vast resources at a relatively low cost and allows for setting up cheap PoCs.

What is most valuable?

For testing, it is a cheap alternative to having to build your own labs.  Provisioning and resource administration include billing dashboards, which are very extensive.

What needs improvement?

Not enough experience to really comment on this.  In some areas, more transparency on what is persistent towards novice users. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.
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What is Amazon AWS?

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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EC2, Amazon Web Services, AWS
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