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Aimee White
Real User
Info Sec Consultant at Size 41 Digital
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 host a static website in an S3 bucket at very low cost is great. Also, the ability to scale up… 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 the fact that they are innovating so quickly can be seen as a problem for organisations that… 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 monthly bill a little higher than normal - AWS did cover that with billing alarms so it's… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to use Rackspace but AWS's innovation and range of products meant I swapped over.
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, the…
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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…
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 09 2016

What is most valuable?

The whole IaaS model is an invaluable service. The ease of deployment, maintenance, and scalability, and pay as you go model make AWS an amazing platform to build on.

How has it helped my organization?

AWS sitting at the core of our service, and we have been able to provide an amazing number of features, that were otherwise very expensive, and labor intensive to put in… more»

What needs improvement?

AWS has an amazing feature set but I have not used all of them to be able to have a well rounded opinion about improvement. However, of the features I have used, I would… more»

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

As mentioned above, AWS does not really have initial setup costs. It's like a utility company; you use the service, and pay for your usage. The daily cost is dependent… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I used co-location services. The reason I switched is quite obvious: * Cost * Constant overheads * Constant challenge of meeting budgets with consistent… more»

What other advice do I have?

Don't be afraid of "The Cloud". As prominent as it is today, a lot of people, and small businesses, are still afraid of storing their data away from their physical office… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Azure, and Google as IaaS. Quite honestly, Google was too convoluted for my purposes, and although Azure had some nice "Microsoft-y" features that AWS… more»
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Sep 27 2015

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

Cloud Conversations: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced new Elastic File System (EFS) providing Network File System (NFS) NAS (Network Attached Storage) capabilities for AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances. EFS AWS compliments other AWS storage offerings including Simple Storage Service (S3) along with Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Glacier and Relational Data Services (RDS) among others. Ok, that’s a lot of buzzwords and acronyms so lets break this down a bit. AWS EFS and Cloud Storage, Beyond Buzzword Bingo EC2 – Instances exist in various Availability Zones (AZ’s) in different AWS Regions. Compute instance with various operating systems including Windows and Ubuntu among others that also can be pre-configured…
Consultant
Owner at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Aug 23 2015

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

Customer trust and confidence is at the heart of Amazon’s business and with so many customers using Amazon’s platforms to run their business securely and efficiently, Amazon has gone to great lengths to operate and manage a comprehensive control environment. The environment supports secure Amazon Web Services cloud web offerings by ensuring that all necessary policies and processes are used in compliance with AWS certifications. Within the last few years Amazon Web Services security has achieved notable certifications which include SAS70 Type II audits, PCI DSS Level 1 which involves meeting Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, ISO 27001 for Information Security Management Systems, and compliance within the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) to properly serve…
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
May 01 2015

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

A few weeks ago I attended Amazon Web Service (AWS) re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas for a few days. For those of you who have not yet attended this event, I recommend adding it to your agenda. If you have interest in compute servers, networking, storage, development tools or management of cloud (public, private, hybrid), virtualization and related topic themes, you should check out AWS re:invent. AWS made several announcements at re:invent including many around development tools, compute and data storage services. One of those to keep an eye on is cloud based Aurora relational database service that complement existing RDS tools. Aurora is positioned as an alternative to traditional SQL based transactional databases commonly found in enterprise environments (e.g. SQL Server among…
Vendor
CTO at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Aug 24 2014

What is most valuable?

Dynamic usage and flexibility in choosing configurations. Also the fact that Amazon’s security team is much larger than anything I could ever assemble gives me reliance… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I needed to stand up a prototype server that did not conform to my corporate IT standards. By using AWS I was able to stand up my prototype in a few hours, run my demo and… more»

What needs improvement?

The connection between the billing console and the management console is not obvious so shutting down a machine was hard to find initially and resulted in excess billing.

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

Approximately $200/mo.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Amazon Elastic Beanstalk and Windows Azure. My primary choice to use AWS was because the prototype server stack was specified as an AMI (Amazon Machine Image).

What other advice do I have?

Use the AWS pricing calculator to understand how the services fit together.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used Azure, and Horuko.
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
May 01 2014

What do you think of Amazon AWS?

I received the following note from Amazon Web Services (AWS) about an enhancement to their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service that can be seen by some as an enhancement to service or perhaps by others after last weeks outages, a fix or addressing a gap in their services. Note for those not aware, you can view current AWS service status portal here. The following is the note I received from AWS. Announcing Multiple IP Addresses for Amazon EC2 Instances in Amazon VPC Dear Amazon EC2 Customer, We are excited to introduce multiple IP addresses for Amazon EC2 instances in Amazon VPC. Instances in a VPC can be assigned one or more private IP addresses, each of which can be associated with its own Elastic IP address. With this feature you can host multiple websites, including SSL…

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.

Also known as
EC2, Amazon Web Services, AWS
Amazon AWS customers

Pinterest, General Electric, Pfizer, Netflix, and Nasdaq.

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