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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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SimScale

SimScale has a quick learning ramp. This is due to the excellent staff at SimScale. I've had interns in their 2nd year of a BSME degree pick this program up and solve some difficult incompressible flow simulations. They love it and I love that we can iterate so quickly on a tool that doesn't stop their other design work. We can run a simulation and get back to designing in CAD. We get notified when the simulation is done. It's great! Give it a try for free and see for yourself.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.9
SimScale
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.4
SimScale
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.5
SimScale
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.3
SimScale
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.2
SimScale
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.2
SimScale
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
8.8
SimScale
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.7
SimScale
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.8
SimScale

Pros

Amazon Web Services

  • Complete Failover and Disaster Recovery services which scale to your desired need
  • Several service level options from dynamic storage pricing to pre-allocated
  • Customer service responsiveness -- issues are resolved with a quick email or phone call rapidly
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SimScale

  • It's an online software so you can use any PC with an internet connection.
  • Select up to 96 cores (this number keeps increasing) to run simulations.
  • Superior collaboration with simulation experts at SimScale.
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Cons

Amazon Web Services

  • Service Availability has been ok, yet a couple large outages brought down the service for "too long"
  • Service Availability is worse than some competitors based on known metrics
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SimScale

  • Learning from tutorials is great, but limiting. The online help is a must.
  • Some simulations take a lot of time, but at least it's not on your PC.
  • Sometimes the software times out due to the server.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
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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SimScale

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
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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SimScale

No score
No answers yet
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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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SimScale

No score
No answers yet
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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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SimScale

No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 3.0
Based on 3 answers
unless you paid the premium, no support at all
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SimScale

No score
No answers yet
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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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SimScale

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Web Services

We looked at Microsoft 365 Business because it's so popular. It's ease of use seemed attractive but it didn't have the agility or scalability we found in AWS. IBM Analytics Engine was far more complex than we needed and very expensive. AWS is an operations tool for us so the reporting we get for the quality of service we wanted, is perfect as is.
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SimScale

SimScale is much faster to spin up on than OpenFOAM. Ansys CFD tools are much more expensive! Both tools require expensive computing equipment to run, which SimScale does not!
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Return on Investment

Amazon Web Services

  • I have seen people spend a lot of money just playing with AWS because they had no idea what they were doing. Pay attention, and know what you are getting into before you do anything.
  • My previous company was in the process of moving entirely to AWS, and I know it had to be cost effective because they had datacenters at over 20 locations.
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SimScale

  • We saved approximately $30k using this SaaS.
  • Running on the cloud saved us from buying expensive workstations.
  • Easy to use. We didn't need a CFD expert in-house for training. We now have outsourced the training to SimScale for just the membership cost.
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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

SimScale

General

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

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