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Amazon S3

Anytime – and I do mean anytime – you have files of any size over, say, 50kb and they are static you should reach for S3 first. In 7 years of using the service, I have never once lost a file. There have been a total of maybe 30 minutes of downtime in 7 years, which was a DNS level issue. The speed is excellent, the availability is incredible, and there simply is no good competitor for the price.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

Softlayer is perfect for advanced users that are working on newer projects that are still in the development stages, due to the wide availability of custom server configs, and the hourly plans, or a company that has a lot of experience working with IBM, that would be use to the style of business IBM brings to Softlayer. Any newer or less experienced users should stay away until they have gained more experience, as it really can be confusing, especially if you have the mindset of someone that has use AWS/Google type services for a while. If you do need something with more power, but want to pick up the experience on the job, then I suggest looking into IBM BlueMix, as it offers all of SoftLayers services, in a more "user" friendly layout. I do, however, recommend that you keep softlayer in an easily accessible part of your mind, for future endeavors, or even testing/troubleshooting situations. It really is a perfect go-to service for anyone that just had an idea appear, and needs to do some quick (several hours) proof-of-concept testing, or a safe place to do some testing or learning. I have found Softlayer to be perfect for error recreation, and generally lay out a scaled mirror of the current network I'm working with, so that I can try "what if" experiments, without consequences, as an error resolution resource.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
3.8
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
6.9
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.6
Elastic load balancing
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.6
Pre-configured templates
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.1
Monitoring tools
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
3.5
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.1
Operating system support
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
6.7
Security controls
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.6

Pros

  • Cheaper Storage Media Files
  • Easy to Implement with Wordpress Seamlessly
  • Inexpensive
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  • Options for dedicated servers or VMs gives us a lot of flexibility from a provisioning standpoint
  • Support is very receptive to questions and eager to help
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Cons

  • Web interface is not the most intuitive at first. Takes some time getting used to
  • Private assets being displayed could end up breaking your site if you're unaware that you need to set them public
  • S3 is overall an expensive option for a smaller company
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  • Platform is not as well-integrated with other major components (load balancers, database hosting, DNS) as the other major cloud providers
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Alternatives Considered

Prior to using S3, we were hosting all of our assets from the assets pipeline in our Ruby on Rails application. For a small company, this approach was fine but as the assets doubled and tripled, this was no longer the way to go. S3 will help you scale regardless of company size. It is especially key when you have multiple products that hold a variety of assets - images and videos.
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The main reason to choose IBM Cloud IaaS is a business case where an organization does not want to use offerings from Google, Amazon, or Microsoft, for whatever reason. Within that reasoning, IBM Cloud IaaS is a good option. From a flexibility and cost perspective, the better choice is almost always to go with one of the three major IaaS providers
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Return on Investment

  • A very high return of investment
  • Many of our core products depend on S3
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  • Mainly IBM Cloud IaaS gives us another option to propose to customers who are interested in IaaS but are weary of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Many of those customers are large enterprises who are familiar with IBM, and for that reason, it's a nice product to be able to point those customers toward.
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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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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

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