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Amazon S3

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3

S3 can be used to store your application logs or objects that need to be frequently accessed. It can also be used in conjunction with AWS Glue for data transformation tasks or to host a static website. The entire Simple Monthly Calculator service of AWS is hosted on S3. S3 would not be recommended for use as a database service or where the change needs to be reflected instantly. Since S3 provides eventual consistency, there is no guarantee that an update made by someone will actually be seen by someone accessing the same object just after. This is in contrast to a database wherein if a change is committed, it will start showing instantly to everyone else.
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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)
3.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
8.2
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.7
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)
4.2
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)
7.8
Security controls
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.1

Pros

Amazon S3

  • Excellent support of Identity and access management makes sure that your objects are used by the intended audience only.
  • Entire service is accessible through commands and API. It makes integration and orchestration of S3 services really easy and automated.
  • S3 has quite good reliability and durability to make sure all requests are successfully fulfilled and your objects are always safe.
  • This service and UI interface is easy to understand. It takes almost no learning curve to consume this service.
  • The amount of flexibility it provides, I find it really cost-effective.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

  • Provisioning Servers
  • Supporting Hardware Issues
  • Account Management
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Cons

Amazon S3

  • It's genuinely hard to fault S3 so I'll have to resort to nitpicking but their main interface is quite bland, still super easy to use and navigate, just bland.
  • Contacting their support can be quite cumbersome as every ticket is sent through the always cumbersome Amazon hierarchy of internal bureaucracy (similar to Seller Central) but it's not the worst system in the world by any means.
  • At this point, I'm almost out of critiques - after all, it's what huge digital entertainment companies like Netflix rely on to make a living. That being said, there's always room for improvement and perhaps creating more servers around the world would decrease their minimal send and retrieval times.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

  • Lower costs
  • More flexible configurations
  • Lower provisioning times
  • Easier private ip allocation and private network pools
  • Don’t nickel and dime customers to death with things others provide for free or per use (firewalls, private pools, etc)
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Usability

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 8.8
Based on 5 answers
The AWS S3 API is translated into every language you can think of, and is very powerful. However, the split of features into the AWS CLI -> S3 and AWS CLI -> S3API causes some confusion when dealing with complex uploading and metadata.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 8.5
Based on 15 answers
Overall, Amazon S3 has worked out great for our organization. It has enabled us to build out a centralized storage solutions for fraction of the cost that a on-prem solution would have required. If properly managed S3 is a great asset to any organization. There a few small things that need improvement like the UI and storage monitoring but over it's been great.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Amazon S3

There are alternatives, Google Cloud Storage and Azure storage are the only real rivals, in my opinion, although most hosting vendors have their own flavor of an S3 like utility. However, most of those are actually just sub-vendors of S3. The most compelling case for using something else over Amazon is that S3 is a pretty significant point of failure in the general internet network as a whole. On the other hand, using Google Cloud Storage or Azure feels a little bit like using a windows phone in 2015 – you just knew it didn't have a great future.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

Softlayer is definitely a unique host and offers a blend of both standard cloud and shared-resource services along with standard hosting services such as bare-metal, VPS, and etc. Comparing only cloud providers is hard enough to begin with, as so many different types exist, such IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, & etc, with each having different purposes and goals. So, when it comes to Softlayer, I want to reiterate something I have said in prior reviews. "Every project has a different set of requirements", and a service that worked perfectly for one project might end up being a pure headache with another. Take the time to analyze your ideal requirements for completing the project, and make your short list with those, before you let yourself get influenced. With that said, if Softlayer has managed to offer all of your requirements, and you have the experience to feel comfortable with playing around with Softlayer, then I suggest you do exactly that, get the $500 promo, and put it to the test.
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Return on Investment

Amazon S3

  • S3 is such a great way to store things, it's a little hard to measure all the benefits against the other options (Dropbox, hard drives in laptops etc), but it gives a simple place to store pretty much anything.
  • We did replace a traditional LEMP-stack website service with static website hosting in S3 + javascript. This vastly reduced our running costs as we turned all the websites EC2 instances and Load Balancers off. It also meant we didn't have to look after or maintain autoscaling strategies anymore because S3 handles the scaling for us.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

  • Positive Impact in Managing Physical Servers
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Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General

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

IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3
9.0
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.2

Usability

Amazon S3
8.8
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

Support

Amazon S3
8.5
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

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