AWS CloudFormation vs. Media Temple IaaS Cloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AWS CloudFormation
Score 8.7 out of 10
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AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators a way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in a predictable fashion. Use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run an application. Users don’t need to figure out the order for provisioning AWS services or the subtleties of making those dependencies work.…
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Media Temple IaaS Cloud
Score 6.8 out of 10
N/A
Media Temple in Culver City, California offers managed hosting services. Users can choose from managed services for AWS, self-managed VPS, managed VPS, grid-shared hosting, and managed hosting optimized for WordPress.N/A
Pricing
AWS CloudFormationMedia Temple IaaS Cloud
Editions & Modules
Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account
$0.00
Handler Operation
$0.0009
per handler operation
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AWS CloudFormationMedia Temple IaaS Cloud
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsThere is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments. When you use resource providers with AWS CloudFormation outside the namespaces mentioned above, you incur charges per handler operation. Handler operations are create, update, delete, read, or list actions on a resource.
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Features
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Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features of Product A and Product B
AWS CloudFormation
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Ratings
Media Temple IaaS Cloud
8.8
2 Ratings
8% above category average
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Dynamic scaling00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Elastic load balancing00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Pre-configured templates00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Monitoring tools00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Pre-defined machine images00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Operating system support00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Security controls00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
AWS CloudFormationMedia Temple IaaS Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(5 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AWS CloudFormationMedia Temple IaaS Cloud
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
AWS CloudFormation is well suited for scenarios where all of your resources need to be provisioned on AWS but it is not suited for hybrid cloud deployments. It's very easy for someone new to learn. The level of customization offered as part of the template specifically for AWS services is great. There is also a UI tool where we can drag and drop the services we want and it generates an yaml file which is very easy to use. The visibility of stacks and its resources and one place where we can track and identify the issues in deployment is great.
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Media Temple
I think Media Temple is well suited for a somewhat tech-savvy and sophisticated dev shop that wants something powerful to use but doesn't want the complexity of something like Rackspace or AWS. If you don't need an insane level of control and would have something more on a managed basis, Media Tempe IaaS is the way to go.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • SaaS
  • Paas
  • Iaas
  • On promises
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Media Temple
  • Great user interface.
  • Great performance.
  • Creating a Wordpress website is very easy.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • Error Description upon Failure Needs to be Improved.
  • Slow to create, delete or update.
  • Need to delete resources manually. It can ask before starting deletion whether to skip those resources or delete them.
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Media Temple
  • There are often errors with automatic updates and management of 3rd party tools including software such as Plesk.
  • I think the communication options could be improved. It isn't as easy to set up alerts as you would want.
  • Your plans are grandfathered so you are somewhat stuck with an old plan.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
We didn't look into anything else as Cloudformation was "built-in" for AWS, it just kind of made sense to go with that. Terraform was something that we briefly looked into Terraform but decides to stick with Cloudformation because our task was relatively "simple". Apparently if it's a bit more complex, Terraform might be the way to go.
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Media Temple
We've been using both DreamHost and Media Temple for years and Media Temple has a better overall experience, offering a more robust solution in terms of scalability and customization. On the other hand, DreamHost has great support and a better pricing policy. So it depends on what are you looking for and your budget as well.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • It has a positive ROI
  • Less time inverted in bugs
  • More stable source code
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Media Temple
  • It is a huge part of our overall web offerings. We depend on Media Temple day-to-day for a large contingency of clients.
  • Reduction in costs and increase in bandwidth.
  • An easy learning curve for new staff and semi-technical employees.
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ScreenShots

AWS CloudFormation Screenshots

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