AWS in a startup environment from a non-developer's perspective
May 23, 2013

AWS in a startup environment from a non-developer's perspective

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction

  • Scalability- Can expand from a few servers to hundreds or thousands quickly, and without long term commitments.
  • Pay as you go- If you need 10,000 servers to crunch through a problem overnight, AWS is the way to do it.
  • Variety of services- from basic computing with EC2, to specialized database, storage, and routing platforms AWS is designed to work well together and provide a full feature set to both growing startups and mature organizations.
  • Amazon will nickel and dime you to a great degree-- their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) platform charges not only for server run time, but for I/O, bandwidth (none is included in the per hour fee), storage, IP addresses, etc. While most of this is expected, the bill at the end of the month is sometimes a rather unpleasant surprise.
  • While I'll admit I'm not a developer, the platform can be unforgiving to those not used to an enterprise server environment (pretty easy to accidentally delete mission-critical data)
  • Decreased complexity of communications chain between company and clients, no more hunting for a file in an email.
AWS is very reliable, and will scale as needed with an organization. We have yet to experience any downtime. Despite a higher than expected monthly outlay, we will likely continue to use it.
Evaluated Rackspace and a few other similar hosts, but AWS offered far more flexibility and scalability for a small premium over these other providers.