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Score 8.8 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

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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CenturyLink Public Cloud

I believe for small to mid business application hosting Centurylink provides an adequate service. When moving to larger scale business enviornments I believe the limitations, slowness is going to become a problem
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.1
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
7.0
Scalability
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
3.0
Platform management overhead
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
4.0
Workflow engine capability
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.0
Platform access control
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.0
Services-enabled integration
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Development environment creation
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
5.0
Development environment replication
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Issue recovery
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
6.0
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon Web Services
CenturyLink Public Cloud
3.0

Pros

  • The development and administration tools work well, including a consistent API and adequate management console. In terms of business process, it provided an effective "escape valve" for new product development that would have been much more onerous to deploy if we had to provision physical hardware and arrange for associated IT resources.
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  • Offloading the requirements for hosting apps in house - cost savings
  • Access ability - users could access documents and programs from anywhere
  • Collaborative work ability - multiple users could work within the same enviornment
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Cons

  • Because we have a large amount of data, constantly uploading and downloading, our monthly fee isn't a set amount, but instead fluctuates up and down each month.
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  • Perhaps ease of use - it's not convoluted but a little more streamlined of an interface would be great
  • Make your presence more known - in a world of heavily advertised cloud options CenturyLink is not at the top of the pile and I think it may be due to a lack of awareness in the business community. Advertise!
  • Streamline functionality - interface can be a little slow at times.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
This is the only hosting solution I am using and I am not gonna look for any other because I am used to it and it meets my requirements: easy to use without compromising on control I have over my infrastructure. Also, I do live variety of AWS services.
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Usability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 3 answers
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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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

The particular services I am using in AWS is easier to set up and manage than Microsoft Azure. IBM Bluemix/Cloud previously has too many product beta and preview released along with their products. Microsoft also releases too many products in preview or beta.
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I did not select the application hosting environment - I was a user. That being said I do not have much of a voice in the difference between hosted services that I have experienced.
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Return on Investment

  • Excellent value for money.
  • Wonderful education experience.
  • Intelligent customer feedback tools.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

CenturyLink Public Cloud

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