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Amazon S3

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3

I've used S3 continuously for projects large and small for over 10 years. It's just such a common and essential tool in software development. Hosting assets/images, or providing file upload abilities to users, come up very often throughout software, and S3 is hands-down the best place to serve and store files. It's flexible enough that you can use client libraries to perform direct uploads rather than writing your own handlers, etc. S3 is a tool that immediately has value for file hosting and storage, and then extends as far as you need it to for all manner of asset management.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

If you're already a customer of IBM, or using an IBM product through an ASP or reseller, or you need access to the hundreds of services IBM provides, it's a great place to build out your infrastructure.
If you're an established company slowly adding VMs, a smaller provider in the vast digital ocean of choices may be better.
Scott Galvin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.2
Dynamic scaling
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.0
Elastic load balancing
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.7
Pre-configured templates
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1
Monitoring tools
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.0
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1
Operating system support
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.9
Security controls
Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.0

Pros

Amazon S3

  • Highly available and redundant; we do not worry about the service having downtime
  • Simple usage from multiple different frameworks using Amazon's SDKs, or roll your own
  • A large number of bucket policies and security adjustments to tailor usage to customer needs
  • Regional support for storing assets in particular locations around the world
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • The pricing options for services is awesome, offering bare-metal and other high-demand services at hourly rates.
  • Softlayer offers a huge assortment of high-powered services, such as Nvidia Tesla GPU computing, high-bandwidth connection options, and highly customizable bare-metal servers
  • All of Softlayers' plans and services are fully adaptable to to fit your needs, with a huge amount of options for both the services they offer and the management options available for those services.
Craig Nash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon S3

  • No support for object versions retention: There can be a retention policy(days or number) for object versions that are stored in S3 so that we don't have to worry about paying extra for all the old versions of an object in the bucket.
  • No feature for replication within a region: Currently AWS does not support replication within a region. Also, having to enable versioning for buckets in which you need replication makes it even more costly.
  • Confusing pricing: The pricing model of S3 can be a little confusing for a new customer with questions regarding data transfer from other AWS services, between buckets or data transfer to the outside world.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • The IBM Cloud Web UI is very slow and not responsive
  • It would be nice to provide a direct way to choose a template image when creating a VSI
  • It would be nice if transient VSIs can be resized (CPU and Mem)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon S3

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 8.2
Based on 1 answer
It's hard to imagine not renewing having spent so much time setting up our infrastructure to utilise the CVS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 7.2
Based on 6 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.
Jonathan Kempf, UXC | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 8.9
Based on 21 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 7.5
Based on 2 answers
It is adequate, but you need to be ready to argue your point - which is fair enough, I suppose, but being given the opposite of the benefit of the doubt every time does not necessarily result in an enjoyable user experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon S3

Overall, we found that Amazon S3 provided a lot of backend features Google Cloud Storage (GCS) simply couldn't compare to. GCS was way more expensive and really did not live up to it. In terms of setup, Google Cloud Storage may have Amazon S3 beat, however, as it is more of a pseudo advanced version of Google Drive, that was not a hard feat for it to achieve. Overall, evaluating GCS, in comparison to S3, was an utter disappointment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

I have had a dedicated server for 20 years. The last company, Softlayer, got bought out by IBM, and the transition has been a very good one. When I started using IBM for all my hosting solutions, I became a really big fan. Everything has been a user-friendly experience. The products have been really easy to work with.
Jeffrey Lange | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon S3

  • It practically eliminated some real heavy storage servers from our premises and reduced maintenance cost.
  • The excellent durability and reliability make sure the return of money you invested in.
  • If the objects which are not active or stale, one needs to remove them. Those objects keep adding cost to each billing cycle. If you are handling a really big infrastructure, sometimes this creates quite a huge bill for preserving un-necessary objects/documents.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • Freed up our team to focus on working on our own products and not having to worry about maintaining and patching servers.
  • On-demand procurement allowed our team to quickly spin up servers as needed and shut them down when work is done.
Qing Miao | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General

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

Amazon S3 Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers Editions & Modules

Edition
IBM Cloud Public Virtual Serversstarting at $0.0381
IBM Cloud Dedicated Virtual Serversstarting at $0.221
IBM Cloud Public Virtual Serversstarting at $25.212
IBM Cloud Dedicated Virtual Serversstarting at $149.002
IBM Cloud Transient Virtual Serversstarting at $0.013
IBM Cloud Reserved Virtual Serversstarting at $0.023
IBM Cloud Reserved Virtual Serversstarting at $13.274
  1. per hour
  2. per month
  3. per hour
  4. per month
Additional Pricing Details
IBM Cloud virtual servers include 250 GB of outbound public bandwidth, unmetered inbound public bandwidth, and unmetered private and management network bandwidth.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon S3
9.1
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon S3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.2

Usability

Amazon S3
7.2
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Support Rating

Amazon S3
8.9
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.5

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