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Amazon S3

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Score 9.1 out of 101

CenturyLink Public Cloud

4 Ratings
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Score 6.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3

I feel S3 is best used by a company looking to primarily use it as a safe and secure location to store high-availability data, leaving the additional services as an option for future expansions. Myself, and several other cloud architects I have spoken with have shared another scenario that fits S3, and other AWS services quite well, which is a startup using the free-tier with the Activate program. If done correctly, several S3 capabilities can be employed to offload tasks from underpowered virtual servers, letting the entire system become faster and more reliable.
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CenturyLink Public Cloud

I believe for small to mid business application hosting Centurylink provides an adequate service. When moving to larger scale business enviornments I believe the limitations, slowness is going to become a problem
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Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.1
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
7.0
Scalability
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
3.0
Platform management overhead
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
4.0
Workflow engine capability
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.0
Platform access control
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.0
Services-enabled integration
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Development environment creation
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.0
Development environment replication
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Issue recovery
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon S3
CenturyLink Public Cloud
3.0

Pros

  • One of the main attractions of S3 is the quality of it's basic services, including security, stored data integrity, and data availability from almost anywhere via almost any system. The snapshot service is one of the best services offered through a cloud, and has always been a required feature for any SAN device I potentially purchase.
  • S3 has a strong partnership with EMC, which has allowed S3 to offer a wide variety of services and features that would normally require the customer to purchase an EC device, which opens up high-level storage to smaller companies at an affordable rate.
  • S3 has a major lead over other cloud providers due to the S3 service, and the wide range of capabilities. Instead of being a simple "drive" it can natively operate as a web server, hosting a wide array of static content, which reduces server load and costs. This is a major advantage, especially for someone operating within the free tier, where every little bit of processing power is an important resource.
  • The final selling point of S3 for myself, was the ability to connect into a wide variety of services, both local Amazon services, such as CloudFront CDN, and remote non-Amazon services such as WordPress backup solutions, which ends up keeping all of my data across the organization at one easy to access, and secure location.
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  • Offloading the requirements for hosting apps in house - cost savings
  • Access ability - users could access documents and programs from anywhere
  • Collaborative work ability - multiple users could work within the same enviornment
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Cons

  • Should reduce the cost of IO when transferring the data to glacier archives. Its expensive I believe. When the transfer is between AWS resources the cost should be minimal or negligible.
  • Scanning for the object size (Get Size) using the new aws S3 console is considerably slower. AWS team should maintain a hourly or daily metadata backup of the bucket or object structure which would fetch the results faster.
  • I would love to see a minimal outages in the future as it has impacted many businesses recently because of the long lasting outage.
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  • Perhaps ease of use - it's not convoluted but a little more streamlined of an interface would be great
  • Make your presence more known - in a world of heavily advertised cloud options CenturyLink is not at the top of the pile and I think it may be due to a lack of awareness in the business community. Advertise!
  • Streamline functionality - interface can be a little slow at times.
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Alternatives Considered

As most of our work loads and the under laying platforms are build on EMR, Spark and AWS Lambda, we did not find HDFS a suitable solution to have all of our data in. HDFS was very costly as we had to maintain data nodes only for the sole purpose of maintaining the extra storage for replication even when we did not need the extra compute power.
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I did not select the application hosting environment - I was a user. That being said I do not have much of a voice in the difference between hosted services that I have experienced.
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Return on Investment

  • It is a very cheap way to store and access anything on the cloud which is a huge positive ROI for us.
  • It has allowed us to backup our builds and database which has paid off in a huge positive way.
  • The outage caused negative ROI because we lost a significant amount of sales and we had to devote engineering resources to putting out this fire as opposed to building new things.
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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CenturyLink Public Cloud

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