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Engine Yard

1 Ratings

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310 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

AWS is a very scalable Platform as a Service (PaaS) -- making it usefull for all sizes. With AWS the failover model can be complicated in terms of selecting the right option for you. Failover within a distribution center is one level, while zone level fail over is a larger one. Be sure to understand your capability needs and discuss with AWS these different choices.
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Engine Yard

It is best for rapidly getting your application to the cloud without worrying about standing up cloud infrastructure
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.4
Engine Yard
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Engine Yard
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Engine Yard
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Engine Yard
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.7
Engine Yard
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Engine Yard
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Engine Yard
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Engine Yard
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Engine Yard

Pros

  • AWS constantly innovates and iterates, announcing new features several times per year. Earlier this year, for example, they introduced provisioned IOPS for EBS, suddenly providing us with an inexpensive solution to a performance quandary we'd been facing.
  • AWS has provided us with access to the product owners and architects of the products we use most. In turn, those resources provided us with visibility into the product road maps. This enabled us to improve our long-term infrastructure planning, and avoid expensive features that we'd get for free later in the year.
  • AWS peremptorily lowers costs a couple of times per year. This has helped us keep our bill reasonable even as we consume more and more of the AWS services. We periodically compare the cost of AWS to the cost of moving into our colo, and every year the colo looks less and less attractive.
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  • Quick deployments
  • Easily integrate your code from GitHub
  • Ability to recover site quickly to different zone when AWS has a widespread outage
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Cons

  • AWS has a record of occasional severe outages, which has a cascading effect on the large number of high-profile services that now run on its infrastructure. Despite the spectacular nature of these outages, it is unlikely that a self-managed data center would achieve significantly better uptime.
  • It is also the case that AWS outages can be mitigated with effective use of multiple deployment 'zones' and regions. This is something that any mission-critical application should be doing anyway as part of disaster recovery preparations.
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  • Embracing new Amazon Web Servicess(AWS) features
  • Security groups need more granularity
  • Audit trails of what happens by who in environment, especially when VM is deleted
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
I would gladly rely on AWS for any large-scale application deployment. For prototyping and small-scale applications, a more heavily managed environment on top of the 'bare metal' virtual infrastructure, such as Heroku or Elastic Bean Stalk, is probably a more productive approach in most cases
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Engine Yard8.0
Based on 1 answer
Ease of use
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Usability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 3 answers
The management console is the weak part of the service in my experience. It is adequate but slow.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 1 answer
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
Neutral, no experience with either.
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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

We looked into other server hosts, but the cost was out of our budget. We were quoted a monthly fee of $500 to $750, plus an initial fee of over $1,000. AWS made the most financial sense as well as other reviews and recommendations
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More closely aligns to native AWS
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Return on Investment

  • We've saved over $10,000 in the 2 years we've worked with AWS. We no longer have to pay to upgrade our internal server, we have no downtime. We no longer depend on our developer to come and 'fix' the server when it fails.
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  • Positive in the sense that we can deploy new applications quickly for MVP
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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

Engine Yard

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