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Akamai

29 Ratings

Akamai

29 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 101

Amazon Web Services

309 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai

Akamai is a superior premium services offering if that's what you need from a CDN. For more typical use cases, we're often more often than not implementing MaxCDN, or integrated CDNs from cloud providers (e.g. CloudFront, Azure CDN, etc). If you find that Akamai's offerings are really what you need, and you are okay paying the premium, the services themselves are great. There's a reason they're used by major enterprises of all sizes, and used for hosting video content from the NFL, etc.
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Amazon Web Services

AWS is like the IBM of cloud infrastructure. It's hard to really go wrong with it. If you do, it's probably your own fault.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.4
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Dynamic scaling
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Elastic load balancing
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Pre-configured templates
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.7
Monitoring tools
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Pre-defined machine images
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Operating system support
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Security controls
Akamai
Amazon Web Services
8.2

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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  • Launching a VIrtual Machine quickly, especially from AMI images from verified providers.
  • Launching RDS instances, configuring and managing parameters
  • Managing monthly costs and budget
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Cons

  • Website could be easier to navigate
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  • AWS needs to improve their java-based browser SSH client. Both Azure and Google Cloud Platform far exceed AWS in this regard.
  • AWS lacks the ability to SSH from windows at this time without extensive modifications to the operating system.
  • AWS needs a trial period to demo paid features within a free tier window, not locked out of premium services.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
AWS is still the platform of choice for our customers.
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Usability

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Amazon Web Services9.0
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

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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
Based on 3 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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Implementation

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Amazon Web Services10.0
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

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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A lot of companies are Microsoft users. It would be good if AWS would work closely with Microsoft. AWS had been working very hard in reaching out to different business verticals and making business cases for using the cloud. AWS's way of coming out with new services faster gives it an edge compared to other cloud providers.
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Return on Investment

  • It was overpriced for what we got. The platform never worked as it was supposed to.
  • When we stopped using the service and moved to one that actually worked, they tried to hit us with a $14,000 bill.
  • On several occasions they used deceptive practices.
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  • Positive, save time, save initial hardware investment
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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