What is Amazon Web Services?
A recent Amazon website study has raised a major issue about the reliability of some of the major outsourcing vendors.
The study was conducted by a group of employees at Amazon. The results were astounding. In an evaluation of seven major offshore outsourcing vendors, they rated Amazon as the most reliable company in the review. What does this mean for companies that outsourced their IT needs?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the name of Amazon’s hosting and cloud computing platform. While AWS may have come out on top in the Amazon.com web service ranking, the study was not primarily focused on the market share of AWS. It was also not designed to be an evaluation of the quality of services provided by Amazon. This means that the vendors reviewed are only one of the many companies that use AWS, and the merit of that vendor will have less influence than the weaknesses in the other vendors.
The True Quality of AWS
The primary aim of the study was to determine which companies are reliable enough to provide IT services to companies such as Amazon. In the end, this review was not meant to determine whether the other vendors are as reliable as Amazon Web Services. It was intended to indicate that Amazon was the best candidate for outsourcing a wide range of services, not simply its sole IT function.
The rankings were chosen because the hosts were selected based on Amazon Web Services’ ability to support high volumes of traffic in a scalable manner. It was also noted that the hosting services were relatively new compared to those that were evaluated by the other vendors.
As a point of reference, the four companies in the top ten of the AWS web services review had been providing hosted services for more than five years. AWS has not been around that long yet, and the other vendors had been providing hosted services for a longer period of time. This means that any negative assessments of the other vendors may be largely limited to their previous operations.
The AWS report was not the only one to be published about AWS in the past month. The Akamai cloud ranking released the rankings of its two competitors, Rackspace and Amazon. Their findings were quite similar to AWS’. Amazon was found to be the leader in all of the key categories evaluated by Akamai.
Even though Akamai was the only other company that was included in the list of top 10 providers, it was the only one to appear in the top ten as well. It was also the only company to earn any of the top ten spots. In the Akamai rankings, the top five companies that were evaluated are: Amazon Web Services, Citrix, Microsoft, NordVPN, and Xensoft.
The Akamai ranking points to two separate issues related to cloud computing. First, it shows that AWS does not necessarily lead the pack when it comes to the standard of customer support it provides. Second, it shows that Rackspace is not as strong as Amazon in terms of providing fast, reliable servers.
While this may not be good examples for larger companies or those that do not have the luxury of testing their servers, it is an excellent comparison of the two hosting companies. Each has made progress in the last few years, and each has been able to expand its reach into larger regions. Overall, both companies are clearly among the best in the industry.
Amazon Web Services has yet to make any announcement regarding its presence on the market. It is likely that the company will announce their new pricing structure at the end of the year. They will also need to come up with a new definition of a managed cloud infrastructure, as the companies that dominate the industry today do not consider their provisioned systems as managedclouds.
Whether they consider them or not is still up for debate. Either way, Amazon is likely to continue to grow in popularity and become a more popular alternative for larger companies looking to outsource the management of their IT departments.