AWS infrastructure with respect to HIPAA
November 06, 2015

AWS infrastructure with respect to HIPAA

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services houses and helps us manage our development and production level services. Amazon Web Services helps us run production level equipment without having to mange the infrastructure ourselves. We are able to leverage Amazon Web Services in our development and integration life cycles to minimize the cost of equipment and employees, because we don't have to manage the physical hardware. The virtual infrastructure that we set up also allows us to to provide HIPAA level security to our clients.
  • The ability to scale vertically and horizontally easily.
  • The ability to get server notifications
  • Ease of use within the AWS GUI
  • 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.
  • AWS has lowered our employee cost, because you don't have to hire Network/Server Admins to manage infrastructure.
  • Increased productivity by incorporating Continuous Integration with AWS and our development life cycle.
  • Increased customer confidence by being able to provide HIPAA level security in our development and production environments
For a small to mid level business to maintain production level servers Heroku, Digital Ocean, and Linode are quite reasonable even though they don't provide the same level of security and GUI options as AWS (I think Heroku actually runs on AWS). Once you hit the tipping point from small business to enterprise though and want to stay in the cloud infrastructure, AWS is a great option and provides many upgrades to manage your business infrastructure.
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.

Amazon Web Services Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Elastic load balancing
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls