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Amazon Web Services

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Score 8.8 out of 100

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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Score 7.9 out of 100

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.
Martha Batruny | 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 Web Services
8.9
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.7
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.4
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.1
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.2
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.5
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.2
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.2
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.4
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.4
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
8.8
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.6
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.9
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.4
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
9.2
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.4

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.
Nathan Sichilongo | 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 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • After the server was provisioned, I did not see the "Password" choice on the lower left-hand side of the screen.
  • Documentation, especially this line, "Select the Passwords tab to show all passwords for the instance," is not correct. There is no "Passwords tab." It is a selection choice on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • The website does not even mention the root password or where to find it.
Gordon Harkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Marc Schriftman | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.9
Based on 20 answers
Amazon Web Services boasts a really quick and helpful support with multiple communication options as well. For instance, on my personal account I incurred a minor charge due to mismanagement of a service. Upon contacting support, they quickly explained the issue to me and upon request waived the bill as a first time error.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers 7.3
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

Implementation Rating

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.
Brian Lusenhop | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Been there done that. It's only because of our software affiliation that we chose to go with IBM Cloud. That's not a bad thing but just that there's really no major difference other than the lack of guidance and IBM cloud engineers as opposed to AWS engineers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Web Services

  • We are able to test new ideas quickly using AWS hosting.
  • We are able to move from conceptual POC to fully hosted/architected cloud solution in minimal time.
  • We are able to build solutions that are 100% cloud as well as cloud-hybrid that orchestrate between our datacenters and the AWS cloud.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

  • Initially, as with any other business, we invested and did not get any viable ROI, but with time, we felt that we started getting money back in terms of fewer electric bills and fewer IT staff to maintain servers and ease of mind.
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Servers saved us roughly $50K in 2 years which we used to expand our marketing and get more business.
Furqan Arain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Web Services

General

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

Amazon Web Services 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 Web Services
9.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services
9.4
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
8.2

Usability

Amazon Web Services
7.3
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services
9.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Support Rating

Amazon Web Services
7.9
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
7.3

Online Training

Amazon Web Services
7.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

Implementation Rating

Amazon Web Services
10.0
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

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