Amazon S3

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Score 9.1 out of 101

IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

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Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

Overall, IBM Cloud IaaS still has a ways to go before it's a service we can normally recommend to others. In most cases, the decision to use IBM for cloud services may be based on other contracts with IBM or a customer familiarity with their offerings. For most use cases where relying on Amazon, Google, and Microsoft is not an issue, their respective IaaS offerings are more complete from a product perspective and generally lower cost.
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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)
7.0
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.4
Elastic load balancing
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.9
Pre-configured templates
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.2
Monitoring tools
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
3.6
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.2
Operating system support
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
6.8
Security controls
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.4

Pros

  • Nearly every web framework now has integrations with the service as an easy plug-and-play storage solution.
  • General integration is so good there are tons of third-party tools like Transmit (for mac) you can mount S3 as a remote disk for easy access, and even Amazon's own web portal for using S3 has gotten quite good.
  • It's incredibly easy to offload all the expensive bandwidth operations for your typical website or app to S3, and, assuming your services are not yet HTTP2, you even get the benefits of sharding.
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  • decent at spinning up hardware
  • the api works well for a narrow set of tasks
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Cons

  • There is some difficulty learning Amazon S3 which is common for all their products. There is a lot happening which takes time to dig in and get how they all fit together.
  • They had a big outage this year which brought down many large companies' website. This is a huge deal for something that so many people rely on.
  • It would be nice if it were more friendly for non-engineers.
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  • network is very unreliable
  • support process is broken - they did not make the transition from Softlayer well and lost the ability to support.
  • general lack of responsibility/ ownership - onerous post-mortems and lack of change
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Alternatives Considered

I haven't been personally involved in the decision to use S3, but in comparison to Dropbox or Google Drive, this offers a less robust UI to modify things, while being a cheaper storage mechanism over the rest.
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A distant 4th - there is nothing that IBM does better
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Return on Investment

  • It allows for us to only use what we need for a fair cost and not have to spend many productivity man-hours on maintenance and support. It also gives us peace of mind that our data is held offsite in a secure manner.
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  • we have gone from 100% in to almost out of IBM / Softlayer
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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
Additional Pricing Details

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