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Amazon S3

S3 is one of those few solutions that work for everyone at any range. From small startups to corporate giants, S3 has something to offer all businesses with its infinite scalability and absolutely brilliant pay structure. Coming from the personal experience of having experienced both the small and big company aspect, S3 is your best bet for any and all cloud storage needs.
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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

  • Can be a bit complex to set up with Cloud Front for CDN Performance.
  • Files names and conventions with how it integrates with Wordpress make it hard to find original files specifically since they are renamed.
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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

S3 is still being used within our org but we have dialed it back heavily due to the inexpensive competing product CloudFlare offers. CloudFlare is basically free for the same functionality and the company has matured to the point where it is reliable and scalable, plus CDN distribution is their bread and butter on top of that. If we were starting over today I'd start with CloudFlare.
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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

  • The main ROI benefit of S3 is reduction in storage costs, and an improved backup system for our clients.
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

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

CenturyLink Public Cloud

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