Amazon Web Services -- Easy to setup, difficult to manage
January 31, 2018

Amazon Web Services -- Easy to setup, difficult to manage

Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Web Services

Before my company changed hands, my department underwent training for AWS. If you are going to use AWS, I highly recommend taking the training on CBTNuggets, otherwise you will be lost. The feature that I have used is S3 storage. It is ridiculously easy to use, and very affordable.

Pros

  • Scales cloud services to meet the user's needs, in a nutshell you only pay for what you use.
  • Amazon SES is perfect for sending bulk emails, and integrates with applications already in use.
  • S3 storage is the most reliable cloud storage that I have used, and it is also used by several big name websites.

Cons

  • AWS is really difficult to use if you do not have any training.
  • You need to create your own backups. I cannot verify this, but a co-worker of mine stated that he did now create a back, and lost several items.
  • It is very expensive for everyday use. AWS is for people that have done the research, and know exactly what they need. These instances are not toys, believe me.
  • I have seen people spend a lot of money just playing with AWS because they had no idea what they were doing. Pay attention, and know what you are getting into before you do anything.
  • My previous company was in the process of moving entirely to AWS, and I know it had to be cost effective because they had datacenters at over 20 locations.
AWS is usually the most affordable between GC, AWS, and Azure. If I was using a Windows machines only environment, I would go with Azure and for any other setup I would go with Amazon Web Services. For the record, AWS has been around longer than the others too.
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AWS would be perfect for a small to medium size startup that does not want to put up a ton of money for IT infrastructure. AWS is NOT for someone just wanting to host a small website, as there are much cheaper alternatives for this. It is very easy to spend more than expected.

Amazon Web Services Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
10
Dynamic scaling
9
Elastic load balancing
Not Rated
Pre-configured templates
10
Monitoring tools
9
Pre-defined machine images
9
Operating system support
9
Security controls
10

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