Amazon AWS Overview

Amazon AWS is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Infrastructure as a Service Clouds. It is most often compared to OpenShift: Amazon AWS vs OpenShift

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.

Amazon AWS is also known as EC2, Amazon Web Services, AWS.

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What users are saying about Amazon AWS pricing:
  • "When it comes to professional certification in AWS, I implore others to study hard before your exams because $300 is a painful waste of money if you fail."
  • "It's my understanding that our company is charged a few hundred dollars on a monthly basis."
  • "Looking at the primary market for AWS, I see that there's a lot of customers who have only mid-level performance requirements, because you will have all these normal applications such as online auction websites, gaming applications, voice applications, and so on. These are not, for example, large monitoring applications, financial independents, or brick and mortar companies. So AWS caters to about 40% of the market when it comes to general applications. As it happens, in many cases, you simply don't need the high-performance offerings from AWS, nor the innovative products from Google Cloud Platform, which can come with large price tags."
  • "When I first started using the solution I used a free trial, and then we upgraded to a pay-as-you-go subscription. We have an allocated budget of $50."

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GregGum
Chief Executive Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Flexible, scales well, and offers good stability

What is our primary use case?

Customers can use it for the web-based management of the product. We also store and retrieve data for their network connections. Also, we use the AI/ML portion called SageMaker to calibrate the algorithms and basically drive automation into the customer's use case. Typically our use cases are in hotels, public transportation, convention centers - anywhere where you are sharing internet connections. For example, hotels, conventions centers - anything where you might have people jockeying for a shared internet connection with possible oversubscription or network congestion. We also have… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution scales very nicely."
  • "The pricing is something you have to watch. You really have to constantly optimize your costs for instances and things like that. That can become a job in itself to manage just from a budgeting standpoint."

What other advice do I have?

We're a software development group building specialty LAN/WAN optimization solutions, so we don't use a lot of canned products per se. We do tend to sue reasonably new software versions of the OS...whatever is the latest LTS selections. If you already have your workload ready, that's helpful, as you can actually trial it under a free tier and then see what the cost is, and extrapolate what the ongoing cost is. In the end, that's what gets you. Being able to do some benchmark testing on how much it's going to cost for your particular workflow across the three public clouds is definitely…
Erik Najera Ruiz
AWS Certified Solutions Architect y Cloud Application Developer at Honne Services
Real User
Top 5
Helps us migrate clients to the cloud with ease, and allows us to provide a wide range of cloud services that live in AWS ecosystem and can interact with on-premises data centers

What is our primary use case?

I am an AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate as well as a Certified Cloud Practitioner, and I am currently pursuing the development specialty. I mainly use AWS to develop cloud solutions for clients. As a Solution Architect Associate with focus on development, my clients typically ask me to help them personalize AWS services as they pertain to the client's business. For example, I will often work with AWS SQS queues, ETL jobs, APIs and storage, and other services offered by AWS in the cloud. Generally, my work has more to do with development rather than architecture, and other AWS… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The AWS feature that I most enjoy is Lambda functions. I primarily use serverless components because they allow you to process things without having to compromise on resources like when running EC2 instances or virtual machines. With minimal effort, you can scale up an unlimited number of processes, even concurrently, to process things. I frequently work with web APIs, so I use Lambda a lot in this area."
  • "Recently we had a long conversation about functionality that is missing in Alexa — in Mexico, specifically. Alexa for Business is a service and platform that Americans can use to make a call to an Amazon Echo device or a telephone via the app. But in Mexico, we are not allowed to use that technology. This is a significant disadvantage of AWS for those living in Mexico."

What other advice do I have?

If you want to take advantage of all the benefits that AWS offers, then it's best to take the time to learn how the entire ecosystem, and each part of it, works. I would rate Amazon AWS a nine out of ten.
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GD
Lead Architect - Expert Enterprise Data Solutions at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good storage and API gateway but needs a metadata framework

What is our primary use case?

We are primarily using the solution as real-time streaming to our data-lake. We also have microservices publishing to APIs. It's a customer 360 application. We also used the product for migration from on-prem Hadoop to AWS EMR.

Pros and Cons

  • "The storage on offer is excellent."
  • "Their metadata management in AWS needs improvement."

What other advice do I have?

I'm a user and implementer. The solution is on the cloud; it's always the latest version. It's constantly being updated, and we're always using the latest version. We use both public and hybrid clouds as deployment models. I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.
BW
Director of Platform and Information Security at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Perfect for startups and easy to implement but offers a confusing amount of tools

What is our primary use case?

We're building an application and host on Amazon. We are a startup company, so it's in a very early development stage. We're trying to build a particular application for multiple customers. The idea is if you have a VPC for each customer you can segregate each client with their own isolated environment. That's what we're building. We're going to build one application that can be personalized for each client.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution offers a low footprint. We don't have to come up with a data center ourselves. We basically don't have to own any hardware. We just rent a slice of their platform and we have everything we need."
  • "They should really consolidate and make things simpler rather than offer you hundreds of random options. The way everything is arranged really forces users to figure out everything on their own and then, on top of that, to calculate the total costs. There's an infinite number of combinations even just with cost calculations. It's just too much."

What other advice do I have?

We're a startup company. It's a very small company with only 20 people. Everything we use is cloud-based. We're simply a customer of AWS. We don't have a special relationship with the company. I'd warn others considering using the solution that the environment is vast and complex, and a company will need a lot of tools at their disposal for research and to understand the product. If there are people within the organization who already have experience with the architecture or with similar solutions within the AWS environment, that will help make implementation successful. It's important to…
IW
Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Flexible with good functionality and is constantly adding new features

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for POCs, different experiments, or IoT devices.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product has a lot of new functionality."
  • "The problem with AWS is you have to keep up with the technology. If you don't stay up to date with the technology and its latest changes then you won't know what to use in your infrastructure."

What other advice do I have?

We are an AWS customer. We're using the latest version of the solution. It's always updated, as it's on the cloud and is constantly the latest. I'd recommend the solution to others. We've been pretty happy with it in general. I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten due to the fact that they're very flexible. They can be overzealous and challenging at times, however, they really believe religiously in their product, and you can go find many people that know how to use AWS.
ITCS user
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Plays well with MuleSoft CloudHub and gives us access to proven infrastructure, tools, and technologies

What is our primary use case?

We use Amazon AWS together with MuleSoft's CloudHub, because CloudHub is an extension of Amazon VPC. As part of that, when we set up the infrastructure and everything, we will be interacting with Amazon products. And with big customers, we have data in the private cloud and within that private cloud we have the MuleSoft CloudHub which is connected through the organization's private cloud to a specific geographical AWS public cloud. Regarding security, we also have a number of layers there, too. As an example, we have seen approximately 300 ETFs developed for different areas, e.g. for United… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The reason I like AWS is that they have a large market share and a large presence. When it comes to our use case, a big positive is that MuleSoft and AWS are working together very well. So instead of competing against each other, they're meshing together."
  • "There have been some issues in the past when it comes to file integrations in AWS's cloud products. However, there are now alternative solutions out there that are helping to integrate them all."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, AWS is pretty good and I can definitely recommend it because it's a proven product. When you're solving big problems, you want — first and foremost — proven infrastructure, technology, tools, and mechanisms. Then slowly, you'll be able to remove dependencies by moving to others as needed. So for project initiation and everything, you get to rely on something which is rock solid and proven in the industry with a long track record. I know AWS can be an expensive option, but it doesn't have to be out of budget if you choose the appropriate level of product for your performance…
HB
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Detailed dashboard, easy to follow documentation, and reliable

What is our primary use case?

I am using the solution to create my own virtual servers in the cloud. We use one of the servers to deploy the database for NoSQL database on MongoDB. MongoDB allows all types of databases. Here is a more detailed explanation. I needed to deploy a backup API that was not in the project I needed it for. To back up the API is essentially treating data from the MongoDB database. Initially, we implemented it locally and tested all the endpoints, and then we deployed it to the AWS services. We needed this to be online and to communicate with the front end, which is an angular app that says you… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution offers a very detailed dashboard that has some metrics, such as performance and budget."
  • "In a future release, I would like to see more support for AI because it is the future."

What other advice do I have?

The type of deployment of the solution depends on the need of the organization. There are some solutions that we deploy for the clients that we need in a more stable environment. In this case, we use the cloud. For testing purposes for internal projects, we use our own servers within the company. I think by the IP numbers, we can request to create a certain server and they created this for us. There are some clients that require a cloud-based solution, we have this capability but it is still in testing and it is not what we use our servers for. I would recommend this solution for companies…
RH
President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very fast with good stability and great for microservice architecture

What is our primary use case?

The solution is a critical part of modern retail architecture. There are as many as 3,000 different use cases, and each client uses it differently.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution has good speed. It's very fast."
  • "While AWS often is at the top of my list to recommend to people, I always have to tell them, "Hey, you got to be careful because if they don't like you, they can shut you down in a heartbeat. And they can kill an entire company by doing that.""

What other advice do I have?

I'm just a consultant. I don't have a partnership with AWS or any other company. AWS is a key part of the whole microservice cloud computing. I would recommend the solution to other organizations. However, if I'm a multi-billion dollar retailer and I need to depend on something, how do I trust a company that can shut me down on a whim? That's a real problem. That moves AWS down and it moves Azure up just on my recommendation list. From a technology perspective, it's well-proven, it's extensive, it covers just about everything you want to do. That's what I talk about with clients mostly, is the…
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