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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
8.8
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Dynamic scaling
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
9.6
Elastic load balancing
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Pre-configured templates
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.3
Monitoring tools
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.0
Pre-defined machine images
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Operating system support
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.6
Security controls
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.7

Pros

Akamai

  • Very advanced compression algorithms and a global content delivery network.
  • Sophisticated security features.
  • On-demand network scalability.
  • Great dashboard and real-time reporting
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Amazon Web Services

  • AWS constantly innovates and iterates, announcing new features several times per year. Earlier this year, for example, they introduced provisioned IOPS for EBS, suddenly providing us with an inexpensive solution to a performance quandary we'd been facing.
  • AWS has provided us with access to the product owners and architects of the products we use most. In turn, those resources provided us with visibility into the product road maps. This enabled us to improve our long-term infrastructure planning, and avoid expensive features that we'd get for free later in the year.
  • AWS peremptorily lowers costs a couple of times per year. This has helped us keep our bill reasonable even as we consume more and more of the AWS services. We periodically compare the cost of AWS to the cost of moving into our colo, and every year the colo looks less and less attractive.
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Cons

Akamai

  • Requires specialized training for basic use.
  • Not very intuitive to configure.
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Amazon Web Services

  • Occasionally, we disagree with their roadmap priorities. For example, we really needed Content-Based Routing added to ELB to support our multitenant implementation. The AWS architects agreed that it was a mainstream, valuable request and hinted that they were trying to get it onto the roadmap, but 15 months later there's still no sign of it. I'm sure they have their reasons, but it's a strange and annoying hole in an otherwise invaluable service.
  • AWS has had well-publicized outages that have broken the promise of true zone (datacenter) isolation. This was supposed to have been impossible - if you had instances running in two zones within a region, you thought had a solid survivability story. We were forced to react by building out additional redundancy that increased costs beyond our original design estimates. AWS claims to have resolved the problem, but we haven't been confident enough to spin down the extra servers yet.
  • There are annoying resource limits, presumably in place to prevent hackers from allocating huge numbers of resources on a compromised account. The problem is that raising the resource limits requires manual action to be taken, and can have a severe impact on production software if your ops team isn't meticulous in checking the limits. As of the last time I checked, these limits weren't available via API, making it impossible to create alarms whenever we get close to exceeding our resource limits.
  • AWS is relatively infamous for their poor communications during outages. Their status page will occasionally go without an update for 45 minutes, while half your customers are dead in the water. This is - obviously - infuriating.
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Likelihood to Renew

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
We are almost entirely satisfied with the service. In order to move off it, we'd have to build for ourselves many of the services that AWS provides and the cost would be prohibitive. Although there are cost savings and security benefits to returning to the colo facility, we could never afford to do it, and we'd hate to give up the innovation and constant cycle of new features that AWS gives us.
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Usability

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Easy to use/learning curve. If you are new to the use of cloud storage, AWS is your entry point. If you have experience in that field, AWS is the way to go.
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Reliability and Availability

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Performance

Akamai

No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

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

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 3.0
Based on 3 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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Implementation

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Alternatives Considered

Akamai

We've used -- and considered -- a whole number of CDN offerings. The good news is that almost all of the CDN products on the market are terrific, and will pay for themselves via increased customer satisfaction and lower monthly hosting bills. For some cases, we're still more likely to suggest CloudFlare (which has a free tier) or an integrated offering from a cloud provider, like Cloudfront.
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Amazon Web Services

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

Akamai

  • Akamai offers a number of front-end optimizations that you can choose to implement to speed up page loads and offer a better customer experience
  • Akamai's high prices can often negate savings that you get from offloading file-hosting responsibility; ensure your use case demands Akamai's offerings before moving ahead
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Amazon Web Services

  • Positive: I have been saved by spinning up an emergency EC2 instance on more than a few occasions. Be it for disaster recovery, or just to set up a server for testing. For IT departments, having basically the entirety of Amazon's network infrastructure at your fingertips is invaluable.
  • Negative: I have definitely been burned by AWS cost overruns, usually due to the services being too useful/successful for their own good, introducing mission creep. Basically, if you set up a solution for a client using AWS, they are so pleased they want to expand what AWS is used for. You can explain costs estimates using Cost Explorer but either stakeholders don't pay attention or continue to tweak plans during implementation, then are surprised by AWS monthlies. Not entirely a dig on AWS, but pretty common in my experience.
  • Positive: Glacier usage eliminates the need for on-premise archive solutions and having staff physically move archive media offsite for DR purposes.
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Pricing Details

Akamai

General

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

Amazon Web Services

General

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

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