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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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

When shared with multiple teams, I could not find many products better than this. I enjoyed working in this aspect, it was smooth in cross-teams transferring. They have a good foundation of technology I would say, the thing it is lacking is in the usability for non-technical people. I have seen many struggling with this aspect.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.9
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
5.6
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.4
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
5.5
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.5
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
7.0
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
5.0
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
4.5
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
5.5
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
8.8
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
6.0
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
5.0
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.8
Sungard AS Managed Hosting
6.5

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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

  • It has a great advantage for inter-team sharing
  • For large data, I found it convenient.
  • I have seen great structure in reports followed
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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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

  • If handling with multiple files, I found it tough
  • The support of new features was not up to the mark
  • I found many modules confusing.
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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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

No score
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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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

No score
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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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 3.0
Based on 3 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

No score
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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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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Web Services

This is the ONLY Web Service we have used since my time with the company to manage our weekly MP3 uploads. I'd say it stacks up pretty well since we have stuck with it over the years! Simple & Effective!
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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

I would select Sungard on the basis of technology foundation and functionality. It gave me an ample amount of features which I could use in a better way. The inter-team communication gets a better structure than the other products. I would use it on the basis of the above mentioned points. This has proven to be a good support for my team.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Web Services

  • It would be difficult to quantify the ROI exactly, but it virtually eliminates capital expenditures on hardware and at least halves the need for IT labor.
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Sungard AS Managed Hosting

  • Positive - Communication structure between team improved
  • Positive - The sound technology gave as low error rate and more efficiency
  • Negative - The support is weak as compared to many
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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

Sungard AS Managed Hosting

General

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

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