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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

While we are a small company, we have millions of photos of our work, and AWS has been the perfect host. We have access at any time, and are able to archive data as needed. We are also able to access our archive without any trouble. It's a no-brainer, really. I don't see how anyone would want to go anywhere else. Our data is always available and secure
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SimScale

SimScale is awesome for someone who wants to spin up and use CFD, FEA, or Thermal Modeling quickly and with a lot of support. It doesn't require Linux or specialized computing knowledge to use, unlike many other reasonably-priced options for CFD. It also gets rid of the need for expensive computing equipment as the computing is done completely in the cloud. If you are willing to make your models public, they also offer a free version which contributes to the public database of possible models. If you need to model something which needs to have a large amount of customization or requires very extensive computing capacity, SimScale is unlikely to be the best way to go.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.3
SimScale
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.9
SimScale
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.1
SimScale
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
8.7
SimScale
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.6
SimScale
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.5
SimScale
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
SimScale
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
7.9
SimScale
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.4
SimScale

Pros

  • Launching a VIrtual Machine quickly, especially from AMI images from verified providers.
  • Launching RDS instances, configuring and managing parameters
  • Managing monthly costs and budget
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  • Amazing support team to help with modeling and troubleshooting
  • Database of example projects is great for gaining ideas on how different scenarios can be modeled within the tool
  • Affordable CFD tool - with computing done in the cloud it allows for complicated modeling to be done without expensive equipment!
  • The browser interface is much more intuitive and faster to learn and use than many other CFD tools. Significantly easier than OpenFOAM, which is its backend.
  • Great training for new users
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Cons

  • AWS needs to improve their java-based browser SSH client. Both Azure and Google Cloud Platform far exceed AWS in this regard.
  • AWS lacks the ability to SSH from windows at this time without extensive modifications to the operating system.
  • AWS needs a trial period to demo paid features within a free tier window, not locked out of premium services.
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  • The computing functionality tops out at 32 cores, which is typically more than enough but has caused some limitations in the most complicated CFD scenarios that I wanted to model.
  • There have been a few pieces of open FOAM functionality (which is SimScale's CFD backend) that haven't yet been migrated into SimScale, so flexibility in modeling is slightly reduced from open FOAM. But this appears to be changing and evolving quickly.
  • The viewer for final analysis is somewhat limited. This is ok because the results can be downloaded and analyzed in full in Paraview, which is fully functional but takes more time than viewing in the browser window.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
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AWS is still the platform of choice for our customers.
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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
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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
unless you paid the premium, no support at all
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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

AWS is the industry leader and is far ahead in terms of a feature rich product offering along with worldwide presence
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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

  • Positive: Faster provisioning of infrastructure.
  • Positive: Lower upfront costs.
  • Negative: Integration of AWS to enterprise apps.
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  • We've been able to iterate through a large number of designs more quickly than we would have without a CFD simulation, and also compared to the time it would have taken to prepare most other CFD simulations.
  • Affordable price, and it prevented us from needing to invest in expensive computing equipment.
  • Help from the support team also sped up the process of modeling different scenarios!
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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