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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies that don't want to have deal with physical infrastructure and want a high level of security and availability. In most cases Amazon Web Services is a great option for most, but may not be an option if you have met the tipping point of physical cost vs. Amazon Web Services cost. It may end up being a better option in the long run to manage the infrastructure yourself if the cost per hour of Amazon Web Services is greater than what you can provide if your level of availability is equal to or greater than Amazon Web Services.
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Zoho Creator

I write this review only because of a sense of paying forward. Creator has allowed us to revolutionise College operations. The streamlining of our workflow practices and error handling have been very significant. Conservatively, the workflow efficiencies achieved have reduced our cleric requirement by more than 1.0 FTE. This particular ZOHO product is sensational! It is value for money, allowed the College to be a market leader (In our industry, at least) and the flexibility enables us to respond to nearly every/any innovative thought.The deal is that you need someone in your organisation to have the inspiration to make it happen. You need a Creator! (With a very basic inclination/capacity to script.)
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.9
Zoho Creator
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Zoho Creator
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.6
Zoho Creator
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Zoho Creator
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
8.1
Zoho Creator
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
8.3
Zoho Creator
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Zoho Creator
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Zoho Creator
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Zoho Creator

Pros

Amazon Web Services

  • AWS constantly innovates and iterates, announcing new features several times per year. Earlier this year, for example, they introduced provisioned IOPS for EBS, suddenly providing us with an inexpensive solution to a performance quandary we'd been facing.
  • AWS has provided us with access to the product owners and architects of the products we use most. In turn, those resources provided us with visibility into the product road maps. This enabled us to improve our long-term infrastructure planning, and avoid expensive features that we'd get for free later in the year.
  • AWS peremptorily lowers costs a couple of times per year. This has helped us keep our bill reasonable even as we consume more and more of the AWS services. We periodically compare the cost of AWS to the cost of moving into our colo, and every year the colo looks less and less attractive.
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Zoho Creator

  • Workflow efficiencies: Automated emails triggered by a user response has saved our College a huge amount of time and our users are very impressed about confirmation emails and the immediacy of our 'replies'.
  • Scheduled csv report exports which are then incorporated into our network database, easily.
  • The ability to develop an app which meets the specific needs of any organisation is the clincher. We have spent far too much money on 'off the shelf' IT 'solutions' which always lack the capacity to be adjusted. Creator, true to it's name, enables us to do (nearly) anything that we want to do. The scripting language is intuitive and is easy to learn. (I'm 62 yo and the last time that I wrote script was over 40 years ago - I was a Maths teacher in the interim )
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Cons

Amazon Web Services

  • Occasionally, we disagree with their roadmap priorities. For example, we really needed Content-Based Routing added to ELB to support our multitenant implementation. The AWS architects agreed that it was a mainstream, valuable request and hinted that they were trying to get it onto the roadmap, but 15 months later there's still no sign of it. I'm sure they have their reasons, but it's a strange and annoying hole in an otherwise invaluable service.
  • AWS has had well-publicized outages that have broken the promise of true zone (datacenter) isolation. This was supposed to have been impossible - if you had instances running in two zones within a region, you thought had a solid survivability story. We were forced to react by building out additional redundancy that increased costs beyond our original design estimates. AWS claims to have resolved the problem, but we haven't been confident enough to spin down the extra servers yet.
  • There are annoying resource limits, presumably in place to prevent hackers from allocating huge numbers of resources on a compromised account. The problem is that raising the resource limits requires manual action to be taken, and can have a severe impact on production software if your ops team isn't meticulous in checking the limits. As of the last time I checked, these limits weren't available via API, making it impossible to create alarms whenever we get close to exceeding our resource limits.
  • AWS is relatively infamous for their poor communications during outages. Their status page will occasionally go without an update for 45 minutes, while half your customers are dead in the water. This is - obviously - infuriating.
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Zoho Creator

  • Programmatic manipulations of large databases often run into usage limits for Deluge Statements
  • Limited GUI customizations but they are working on that
  • It's often hard to identify where some code is generating a bug
  • The Zoho team is constantly updating the platform capabilities: this may cause instability in current applications
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
A paradigm shift from companies like Microsoft that have made procuring and using software and license so hard. Not to mention installing, configuring and hiring folks to maintain it. AWS makes it so easy to have an enterprise infrastructure that scales up and down and very affordable
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Zoho Creator

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.3
Based on 5 answers
The management console is the weak part of the service in my experience. It is adequate but slow.
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Zoho Creator

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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Zoho Creator

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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Zoho Creator

No answers on this topic

Support

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.3
Based on 7 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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Zoho Creator

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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Zoho Creator

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Web Services

We selected AWS because of the breadth of its cloud service options, its wide support of server environments, its infrastructure maturity and scale, and good support. We also found its cost to be competitive.
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Zoho Creator

Lower cost and easier implementation. I had been creating "cloud" solutions using active server pages (ASP) with a MS Access directory back-end before Zoho Creator. I did not want the worry of maintaining a server and required an easier way to build database forms. I was one of the very first users of Zoho Creator soon after it launched and have not really considered other options since around 2006.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Web Services

  • We have reduced our S3 operating costs by 70% migrating to S3-IA.
  • We save an average of 50% by bidding of spot instances and high capacity hours.
  • It has allowed us to automate a large amount of our workload.
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Zoho Creator

  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Reduction of redundant inventory items
  • Better project management
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Amazon Web Services

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

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Zoho Creator

General

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

Zoho Creator Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$151
Prmium$301
Ultimate$352
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