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Amazon AWS

For many clients, using Amazon AWS instances is viewed as the only logical choice to tend to their infrastructure needs. While Amazon AWS is accepted in the hosting industry as a powerhouse, the reality is there are numerous options in the marketplace that are substantially cheaper including our cloud infrastructure.

Many of these options would suit certain clients better, as the majority of organisations using Amazon AWS services are doing so in an inefficient way. This comparative analysis provides insight into this phenomenon; here are our key findings.

  • Our overall findings show Amazon AWS on-demand instances are approximately 300% more expensive than using traditional server based infrastructure.
  • Using Amazon AWS reserved instances is approximately 250% more expensive than contracting equivalent physical servers for the same length of time.
  • Amazon AWS dedicated hosts are drastically more expensive than dedicated servers, costing approximately 450% more on average.
  • Bandwidth (i.e. “internet traffic”) on AWS is incredibly costly so any workloads with high bandwidth demands will be more expensive. Most hosting companies include 10TB with the price of a dedicated server, whereas it would be around £700 per month on Amazon AWS for 10TB of traffic.
  • For users requiring just one or two small virtual servers our cloud solution is a way better. Its limitation however is that is available at the moment only in Germany & Finland.
  • Prebuilt physical servers and Amazon AWS spot instances are closer in cost, with the outcome depending on the availability and pricing of resources at the time required.
  • For storage, the usage costs for Amazon EFS during one sample month have been illustrated in this guide. 1TB of usage (2019 prices) would cost around £130
  • A dedicated server running MySQL is approximately 3 to 6 times cheaper than an Amazon AWS managed relational database running MySQL.
  • AWS is best-suited to use cases where environments require multi-region resilience and redundancy, but minimal resource requirements, as it minimises management overhead. A complex but small hosting platform would be more cost effective on Amazon AWS.
  • Any move to AWS will change the nature of supporting the hosting environment and you need engineers that know in depth the Amazon AWS. Our team of experts can provide nearly any solution based on Amazon AWS. Just get in touch with us for a quote.
  • AWS has proprietary services that benefit application developers and cut down the need for large amounts of infrastructure. Applications designed “native” to the public cloud make the most of these services and that is when the benefits of public cloud can be realised. However, there are strategic considerations to be taken into account such as vendor lock-in, access to data and whether the public cloud commercial model works for the application in question. 
  • This article does not take into account the wider requirements for re-designing applications for Amazon AWS in order to make best use of AWS proprietary services, which incurs development costs but could see a hosting platform reduction.

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