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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies or organizations that need to run specific applications or virtual services on servers. The cost-per-server ratio makes this ideal for testing and live deployment scenarios. It is especially ideal for smaller to medium size IT development teams. If you are looking to just set up a website, for example, AWS may not be ideal unless you are having it custom built.
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Armor

If you need a low cost, high availability, secure and reliable infrastructure, Armor Complete is the way to go. For smaller companies, knowing that you have a dedicated team monitoring and standing by to address any hosting issues is a god send. Round the clock support means that even the smallest of units can be assured that someone will be eyes on. This literally lets us sleep at night.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.3
Armor
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Armor
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.1
Armor
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Armor
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.6
Armor
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.5
Armor
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Armor
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Armor
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.4
Armor

Pros

  • AWS (Amazon Web Services) is not the easiest virtual service to set up but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy to install new instances (servers) and stop them. This is good for multiple reasons e.g we run multiple tests and live production servers for our different services. When we are done with one we can easily turn it off. The cost of the specifications on our virtual servers is only a fraction of the cost of what we would get locally or even on most traditional web services companies.
  • Amazon Web Services can be relatively cost efficient depending on where you are coming from. For our smaller organization, we felt the cost was worth it as other alternatives were not as affordable. The good thing with AWS is you only pay for what you use. If you want S3 (Simple Storage Service), you can pay for that. If you want to run a compute engine, EC2 can be paid for. At the end of the month, you get one bill based on your usage.
  • Because of our size as a company, AWS was easier to deploy compared to local dedicated solutions. All we had to do was take our development team through a simple 2-day course to get them on board. The ease of deployment means that we do not have to hire a specialist to deploy servers for us.
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  • Armor gives us assurance through regular third-party security audits and the various certifications they maintain.
  • Armor also provides us with the tools we need to secure our content (encryption, web-application firewalls, and many others).
  • Armor is a full network operations center, giving us a single point of contact in the event of any issues with the managed infrastructure solution.
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Cons

  • If there is one thing I think AWS needs improvement on, it is the administration dashboard. It can be a nightmare to use especially when trying to access billing. This could be made better, honestly, as there should be a simplified way to access simple admin features.
  • While AWS was fairly easy to integrate into our solutions, it is not as easy to use without some IT knowledge. The dashboards are complicated and designed for someone who is computer savvy. If you are just want to keep track of billing, for example, you may need to take a course or spend a few hours with someone being walked through the admin console.
  • AWS does tend to be slow at times. If you do not have a fast internet connection, it can take time to access services that are hosted on AWS. This is not always the case but we have had clients complain about this if they are trying to access a service from multiple points (IP addresses). The only real fix we found was to make our files cache to another server and only keep current data accessible to clients.
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  • We would like to see some more granular pricing options for data storage. All of Armor's storage is high-speed and high-availability. While some of our content requires this, much of our content does not. Paying a premium for storage capabilities we do not need is a problem.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
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AWS has met our requirements, including the pricing. There is no need to move off of AWS at this time.
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Usability

Amazon Web Services9.0
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Easy to use/learning curve. If you are new to the use of cloud storage, AWS is your entry point. If you have experience in that field, AWS is the way to go.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services9.0
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Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Performance

AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
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Support

Amazon Web Services3.0
Based on 3 answers
unless you paid the premium, no support at all
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Armor7.8
Based on 13 answers
Other than issues with billing (a number of repeated issues with incorrect billing amounts that had to be rectified), support has been excellent.
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Implementation

Amazon Web Services10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Alternatives Considered

Initially, we were with GoDaddy hosting but made a switch to a dedicated server with Bluehost. Our reasoning was that we would get more value from a dedicated server, however, as our SAAS grew we realized cloud computing was the way to go. We ended up choosing AWS over Digital Ocean even though the pricing is comparable. Our team felt that AWS was better and was the winner because of the ability to automatically scale our usage as needed.There are many dedicated solutions if you are looking for a simple solution to host a service, however, if you are serious about growing your service and building something with customizable scalable specifications, AWS is the better option as it scales automatically based on your usage. Digital Ocean may also be a viable option depending on your development team size and recommendations.
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Return on Investment

  • I have seen people spend a lot of money just playing with AWS because they had no idea what they were doing. Pay attention, and know what you are getting into before you do anything.
  • My previous company was in the process of moving entirely to AWS, and I know it had to be cost effective because they had datacenters at over 20 locations.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Web Services

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

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