Compare Amazon AWS vs. IBM SoftLayer

Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 10 reviews while IBM SoftLayer is ranked 10th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 1 review. Amazon AWS is rated 8.8, while IBM SoftLayer is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Pay-as-you-go allows us to scale up as needed, giving us a lot of agility in our IT". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM SoftLayer writes "Stable and highly scalable that's very good overall". Amazon AWS is most compared with OpenShift, Google Firebase and SAP Cloud Platform, whereas IBM SoftLayer is most compared with Amazon AWS, DigitalOcean and Google Firebase.
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Pros
As a service vendor, we have helped clients to achieve faster "go to market" on their products, and have provided highly flexible cost-effective system management solutions.We have seen an improvement in our infrastructure, as the code makes it very easy to deploy quickly to AWS.Their technical support is really good. I am very satisfied.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 infrastructure.They release new solutions almost every quarter and you don't get that kind of innovation from an enterprise company.It offers durability, high availability, fault tolerance, and a high TCO benefit.This solution features ease of use and market adaptability.The cutting-edge design is valuable.

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The stability is the solution's most valuable aspect for our organization.

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This solution would be improved with the inclusion of hybrid Kubernetes management.An easier way to determine estimated costs quickly would be helpful.There's not much room for improvement but that being said, they can improve the overall process of the overall product features and backend.The AWS documentation is written in a way that is not very intuitive. That's an area they can improve.AWS should provide even more support and engagement to accelerate the adoption of new services and features.The use of this tool should be extended to Google and Apple operating systems.More complete and specific training for many of the technologies, specifically with Python Django and the CMS (Mezzanine).The pricing could be adjusted to provide more advantages versus current on-premise solutions for business applications.

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The interface is hard to use for us. It should be simplified.

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It's pay-as-you-go... but I think the pricing becomes a problem as the IT organization grows. They need to give better pricing when companies grow.​AWS is much too expensive compared to current on-premises solution for this type of work.AWS IaaS is a very generic service, which is extremely overpriced.​

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EC2, Amazon Web Services, AWSCloudLayer
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Overview

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.

SoftLayer provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. Our customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.

Products and services include bare metal and virtual servers, networking, turnkey big data solutions, private cloud solutions, and more. Our unique advantages include the industry's first Network-Within-a-Network topology for true out-of-band access, and an easy-to-use customer portal and robust API for full remote-access of all product and service management options.

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Sample Customers
Pinterest, General Electric, Pfizer, Netflix, and Nasdaq.Whogohost Ltd., Skypicker, Infinity Computers and Communications Company, Grace Co. Ltd., Keyword, Uvionics Tech, Tennis Australia, immixGroup, Salesbox, Cxense ASA, Avnet Inc., Komsomolskaya Pravda, Seekr
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Software R&D Company14%
Non Tech Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company35%
Media Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise38%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business35%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise54%
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