AWS = Expensive Geek Toys
April 15, 2021

AWS = Expensive Geek Toys

Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Web Services

AWS serves PACE in a couple of ways. The IT Department primarily uses EC2 to host the infrastructure to our ecommerce website. We offload our onsite Veeam backups with S3 and glacier. We also host our spam filter and a remote assistance tool in AWS. AWS has provided our company a way to spin up offsite (cloud) services easily, and in a flexible enough of an environment that lends itself to the next generation of software products.
  • AWS is particularly good at eating up your money if you don't budget and plan your deployment properly.
  • It's like a candy shop for IT Geeks who love automation and workflows.
  • You name the service you want to deploy on the cloud, chances are someone's built it for AWS.
  • See the first entry on my Pros list.
  • Billing can be a bit confusing, so get familiar with it!
  • It's Amazon, and they have a virtual monopoly on the cloud.
  • AWS has given our company access to inexpensive public cloud that is flexible and scalable.
  • We've AWS has given extra feature set with software products we already own.
The decision was made to go with AWS because of name recognition and familiarity by contractors we hired. I checked out Google Compute Engine a few years ago, and it did have similar option set, however Google in general was behind Amazon's offerings.

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This is the defacto public cloud, and you will find your next generation applications using AWS whether you plan to or not. AWS is awesome for long-term storage of backups, offloading high-volume traffic onto a public cloud that would otherwise run in your on-premise environment. It's basically a rental for servers that you can spin up and down as your needs change.

Amazon Web Services Feature Ratings

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