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Amazon Web Services

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

Each and every feature of this application is unique and is also efficient enough to help me to make suitable decisions for my company. Apart from this, if I talk about any concerns in it or any disastrous drawbacks then there are no words because this application is a lifesaver by every point of view without having anything to objectify. Moreover, this application provides me with the right of pre-built services, which benefit me when building custom cloud-based solutions.
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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 Web Services
9.0
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
3.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.4
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
8.2
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.6
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.7
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.4
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.6
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.2
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.1
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.4
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.2
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
9.0
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
1.1
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
9.0
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
7.8
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
9.2
IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)
4.1

Pros

Amazon Web Services

  • 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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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

  • Provisioning Servers
  • Supporting Hardware Issues
  • Account Management
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Cons

Amazon Web Services

  • Better user support would be nice. It seems hard to find help when you need something specific from an Amazon employee.
  • Even though the prices are set up for enterprise they do seem high for small to mid level businesses, compared to other alternatives.
  • It would be nice to be able to have some type of DB security built in to the EC2s or as a default.
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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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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
We are almost entirely satisfied with the service. In order to move off it, we'd have to build for ourselves many of the services that AWS provides and the cost would be prohibitive. Although there are cost savings and security benefits to returning to the colo facility, we could never afford to do it, and we'd hate to give up the innovation and constant cycle of new features that AWS gives us.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.3
Based on 5 answers
We find it quite easy to use. The only challenge is at the outset figuring out exactly what you need, given the large number of available services and options which could take a bit of time to get familiarised with and to decide on.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Amazon Web Services

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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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 9 answers
I've been using AWS as our primary compute platform for almost 2 years. During that time I've opened no more than 4 support cases. Typically those were for questions to get answered and not hard down scenarios. Their support is quick, very processional, and work with you to help solve your problem.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 10.0
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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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Web Services

The maturity of AWS platform with integrations of large third-party vendors products through AWS marketplace and continuous launch of new services every year bring confidence to the users and also the ease of use and help from the large community when compared to other platform are the key primary reasons when deciding AWS.
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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 Web Services

  • AWS has allowed us to properly budget our infrastructure and IT costs. This helps us plan our expenditures for future development and projects.
  • AWS has allowed us to leverage some of the newest technologies (FSx) to make our software offering one of the most dependable in the industry.
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IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

  • Positive Impact in Managing Physical Servers
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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

IBM Cloud IaaS (formerly IBM Bluemix - IaaS)

General

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

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