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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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Pantheon

This is a good solution for a small development team who is supporting a site with many users. Many times, a shared hosting service is appropriate for a small business brochure site that gets a few hundred visitors per month, but if your site services user accounts that return or rely on information, this is a good option to rollout new changes and preserve existing data
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
9.0
Pantheon
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Pantheon
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.4
Pantheon
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.2
Pantheon
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Pantheon
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.4
Pantheon
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Pantheon
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Pantheon
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
9.2
Pantheon

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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Pantheon

  • Easy to configure, install, and deploy websites and web application.
  • Easy to switch between dev, test and live environment.
  • Good user experience.
  • Great support staffs.
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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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Pantheon

  • Sometimes the use of WP-CLI and Terminus (command line tool, not the marketing software by the same name) is necessary to complete a task when there ought to be a way to do that task via the UI
  • Sometimes Dev and Test URLs can leak into Production sites (and vice versa), requiring database UPDATE queries to correct. I'm told this is being worked on.
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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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Pantheon

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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Pantheon

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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Pantheon

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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Pantheon

No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 8.5
Based on 14 answers
Amazon Web Services supported multiple times during initial infrastructure setup and helped to fix cluster related issues many times. Cloudformation to bring up infrastructure. Triggers like S3 file creation to automatically invoke lambda can automate big data jobs and makes operation on Big data easy.
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Pantheon

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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Pantheon

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.
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Pantheon

We use whatever platform best suits our clients in terms of use-case and pricing, but Pantheon's UI is preferable to our team, and the platform is generally inline with our typical approach of building distributions from an upstream codebase instead of creating and managing a multisite with multiple databases powering individual sites.
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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.
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Pantheon

  • Rapid deployment of feature and security updates from upstreams takes less time than installing by hand.
  • Automation and integration through Terminus CLI is extremely useful.
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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

Amazon Web Services Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Pantheon

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

* Elite

Pantheon Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic35.001
Performance - Small125.001
EliteCustom2
Performance - Medium225.003
Performance - Large750.003
Performance - Extra Large450.003
  1. per month
  2. Contract Only
  3. per month
Additional Pricing Details
With Pantheon you will get superior hosting and workflow tools to drive business success on the web. For more information on Pantheon's Pricing and Hosting Plans, please visit: https://pantheon.io/plans/pricing

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services
9.3
Pantheon
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services
9.4
Pantheon

Usability

Amazon Web Services
7.3
Pantheon

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services
9.0
Pantheon

Support

Amazon Web Services
8.5
Pantheon

Online Training

Amazon Web Services
7.0
Pantheon

Implementation

Amazon Web Services
10.0
Pantheon

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