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Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai

Akamai is a well-established brand name with a great product. It meets and many time exceeds the needs for global content delivery and security management layer at the edge. Fine grain security tuning seems cumbersome as the definition of the app keeps changing. It also requires an investment of time for the setup which doesn't necessarily make sense for smaller scale scenarios. Some products offered by AWS, Azure or the Google Cloud can be more tightly integrated with cloud provider offerings thus easier to configure.
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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies or organizations that need to run specific applications or virtual services on servers. The cost-per-server ratio makes this ideal for testing and live deployment scenarios. It is especially ideal for smaller to medium size IT development teams. If you are looking to just set up a website, for example, AWS may not be ideal unless you are having it custom built.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.3
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Dynamic scaling
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
9.1
Elastic load balancing
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Pre-configured templates
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.6
Monitoring tools
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.5
Pre-defined machine images
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Operating system support
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Security controls
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.4

Pros

  • Content Delivery. Akamai has thousands of edge servers worldwide to serve your content as fast as possible to the proximity of the user. This speeds up page load time and user experience.
  • Customer support. Akamai customer support are some of the best I've worked with. They are quite to response and the engineers know what they are doing.
  • Lots of tools. Akamai is not just acting as a CDN, but the vast amount of tools/products available allows a large portion of the site to be managed.
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  • Complete Failover and Disaster Recovery services which scale to your desired need
  • Several service level options from dynamic storage pricing to pre-allocated
  • Customer service responsiveness -- issues are resolved with a quick email or phone call rapidly
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Cons

  • Cost. Akamai is an enterprise level product and the cost can be pretty expensive for smaller organizations.
  • Activations can take a while and therefore if you are doing a lot of testing on different scenarios you may spend hours waiting for activations to take effect. However this may not be an issue with Akamai itself but the fact that rules need to be propagated to all edge servers.
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  • AWS has a record of occasional severe outages, which has a cascading effect on the large number of high-profile services that now run on its infrastructure. Despite the spectacular nature of these outages, it is unlikely that a self-managed data center would achieve significantly better uptime.
  • It is also the case that AWS outages can be mitigated with effective use of multiple deployment 'zones' and regions. This is something that any mission-critical application should be doing anyway as part of disaster recovery preparations.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Amazon Web Services9.4
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This is the only hosting solution I am using and I am not gonna look for any other because I am used to it and it meets my requirements: easy to use without compromising on control I have over my infrastructure. Also, I do live variety of AWS services.
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Usability

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Amazon Web Services9.0
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The management console is the weak part of the service in my experience. It is adequate but slow.
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Reliability and Availability

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Amazon Web Services9.0
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Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Performance

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AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
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Support

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Amazon Web Services3.0
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Neutral, no experience with either.
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Implementation

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Amazon Web Services10.0
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The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Alternatives Considered

I haven't had much experience with other CDNs and to be honest I haven't heard of many more other than Akamai which just goes to show which one is the most trusted and proves to be the best. There are others out there, such as CloudFlare, that claim to provide a similar service but there is always something missing that Akamai just already has.
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We also looked at Rackspace but was attracted to AWS by the breadth of services available at comparable cost and reliability.
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Return on Investment

  • Speed up delivery of content and improved user experience for users coming to our website
  • Save cost as we do not need as many back end servers to run our web instance because majority of load is being handled by Akamai servers
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  • It would be difficult to quantify the ROI exactly, but it virtually eliminates capital expenditures on hardware and at least halves the need for IT labor.
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Pricing Details

Akamai

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Amazon Web Services

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details