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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 OpEex. 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»
Romain Ecarnot
Real User
Architecte solutions Amazon Web Services at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 10 2017

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… more»

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… more»

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… more»

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).

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

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

What other advice do I have?

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

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.
David García Carbayo
Real User
Director of IT Projects - AngularJS developer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 13 2017

What is most valuable?

AWS provides a lot of solutions to design secure, elastic and serverless software architectures.

How has it helped my organization?

More than 30 BBVA Group web pages are working without servers, saving costs and reducing security problems, with AWS services like CloudFront, WAF, S3, Lambda, SQS, and… more»

What needs improvement?

Lambda@Edge, for example, it's new and has a lot of room for improvement.

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

AWS is appropriate for professional solutions. For other types of projects it's a bit expensive.

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

Yes, I used OVH and other cloud providers like Azure or Google. AWS is much better. It is a complete platform.

What other advice do I have?

Think "serverless". With AWS you can design your architecture, thinking distinct and oriented to events, decoupling processes, solving possible errors, multi-region or… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Azure, Google Cloud. AWS is years ahead of its rivals.
Ajith Joseph
Real User
Cloud Architect at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* RDS: Because of its auto-scaling, multi-zone availability, and its quick spin up of database servers. * EC2 Servers: For the agility of server provisioning and the AMI… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Rolling deployments, quick time to market; From one day deployment time, it came down to 15 minutes. Easy provisioning means quick time to market when a new environment is… more»

What needs improvement?

The console's UI could be a little better, a fluid User Experience is missing. For example, in order to see the instance details properly, we have to scroll the… more»

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

Pay per use.

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

IBM Softlayer and Azure. Both are not automated to the level that AWS is automated.

What other advice do I have?

Migrate to AWS for speed and agility, combined with its security features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, RedHat OpenShift.
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.
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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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