Amazon is a popular brand in today’s business world. There is nearly nothing you are searching for that is not affiliated with Amazon, the brand throws its weight around when it comes to today’s conventional way of executing business. Hence, it is not much of a surprise to discover that Amazon also offers web hosting services.
Amazon started Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider. And since then, AWS has been a secure cloud services platform with dynamic growth within Amazon.
As we embark on this Amazon Web Services review, we want to provide answers to salient questions such as:
- How versed is AWS’s service portfolio?
- What type of clients and businesses does AWS accommodate?
- Are AWS web hosting packages sensible and affordable?
To get clarity to these puzzles, you have to stay put and read on till the end of this Amazon Web Services review.
Services offered by Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services is the leading IaaS provider in the industry. AWS offers a plethora of cloud products and solutions for almost all kind of businesses. Some of the services include:
- Machine learning
- Database storage
- Web hosting services
- API integration
- Desktop & App streaming
- Game development
- ...and so on
It goes on and on - in simple terms if you require remote servers to do any kind of task, Amazon more than likely has a solution for you.
And when it comes to website hosting, Amazon has not one, but 3 web hosting solutions altogether, and each solution has a compatible server for it. The solutions include:
- Simple Web hosting
- Static Web hosting
- Enterprise Web hosting
Here's them, in detail:
Simple web hosting – This concentrates on simple websites that typically consist of a single web server which runs a Content Management System (CMS) or a development stack.
These websites include low to medium trafficked sites such as marketing websites, content websites or blogs. For such simple websites, the available server used is Amazon Lightsail.
Static web hosting - This addresses static websites that deliver personal or marketing sites that contain no server-side application code.
These websites are very low cost, and scale to handle enterprise-level traffic with no server administration requirements. For static websites, the available server used is Amazon S3.
Enterprise web hosting - This hosts Enterprise websites that include very popular marketing and media sites, as well as social, travel and other application-heavy websites.
These websites require higher amounts of management and administration than static or simple websites. For enterprise websites, the available server for use is Amazon EC2.
Now - let's dive deeper, and see what the Simple web hosting service is like. After all, if it's good, you can always upgrade further!
AWS Pricing & Plans
Amazon Lightsail is the easiest way to use AWS in launching and managing a web server. Amazon Lightsail includes everything you need to start your website, as well as to manage it. It offers different Simple plans with a starting price of $3.50 per month, and come with great features such as SSD based storage, data transfer, DNS management, choice of operating system, and a host of others.
It's not easy to find Amazon Web Services pricing, as it's well hidden. But here's how much it would cost to host a website on Windows and Linux servers:
|Plan / Operating System||Linux/Unix||Windows|
The simple plans on Amazon Lightsail server feature SSH terminal access for Linux/Unix and RDP access for Windows, mammoth data transfer allowances, and an intuitive management console.
Amazon Lightsail is available worldwide anywhere your websites need to be. However, data transfer allowances for the Asia Pacific (Mumbai & Sydney) region are lower than in other regions. This shows how inconsistent AWS can be in its performance.
Plans in more detail
At this stage of the Amazon Web Services review, we want to go in-depth into the details of each plan. This is how they differ from each other:
|Disk space (Linux/Windows)||Memory||Data Transfer||HDD / SSD used in servers?||Processor||Customer Support||Choice of server||Automated backup|
|Level 1||20 GB / 30 GB||512 MB||1 TB / Mo||SSD||1 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
|Level 2||40 GB||1 GB||2 TB / Mo||SSD||1 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
|Level 3||60 GB||2 GB||3 TB / Mo||SSD||1 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
|Level 4||80 GB||4 GB||4 TB / Mo||SSD||2 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
|Level 5||160 GB||8 GB||5 TB / Mo||SSD||2 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
|Level 6||320 GB||16 GB||6 TB / Mo||SSD||4 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
|Level 7||640 GB||32 GB||7 TB / Mo||SSD||8 Core||Live chat, Email & Phone||Worldwide||Included|
Overall, the difference doesn't come in terms of features or technologies used. The difference is the number of resources you'll be allocated in each of the plans.
Level 1 is good for basic single websites which don't get big surges in traffic. Level 7 is good enough to handle even the seriously huge projects. So pick whichever you are - or a plan in between!
Amazon Web Services Performance
In continuation of the Amazon Web Services review, we want to find out the performance of the host’s server. So - we purchased the Simple web hosting plan and tracked the performance of a WordPress site installed on it. Here's what we got:
Overall, really not bad. What we liked the most is that the speed difference between the US West Coast and Bangalore, India, was just over 300 ms. This is actually a really decent result.
Amazon Web Services - Pros
We've checked the AWS - and there are some things that we really liked. Here's what they are:
Good support - all the web hosting solutions come with 24/7 support from the AWS, and you can access them via Live Chat, Email, and phone for 24 hours all through the week.
Great server speed – AWS’s server speed is exceptionally quick. And what's more, the performance is very stable.
Reliability – AWS is a reliable hosting provider. It's a provider of choice for many huge projects, and Amazon experts are known for providing high-end support to sites for optimum performance and trafficking.
Choice of server selection – AWS offers an impressive selection of servers on both Windows and Linux operating systems.
Amazon Web Services - Cons
This Amazon Web Services review also reveals the glaring pitfalls of this cloud hosting provider. This includes:
A disorganized array of services - AWS’s portfolio is laden with an array of services which are too disorganized and complex to mislead an intending client.
Difficult pricing scheme – this Amazon Web Services review has revealed that the pricing scheme is too difficult to comprehend by all users.
Limited services - the monthly data transfer and disc space are limited. Make sure to check whether the limitations are fine for your projects.
Amazon Web Services Review - Conclusion
Amazon Web Services provides virtually all the services available in the market. But the truth remains that the services seem not be for everyone. AWS is a leading IaaS solution provider with the cutting-edge technology to provide excellent cloud web hosting services, yet it still has much to do about its disorganized array of services for intuitive navigation.
It's a great enterprise option, and while it can do web hosting really well, too, it's not an ideal option for everyone.
- You can host just about anything
- Probably the best infrastructure in the world
- Good performance
- Not very user-friendly
- Some resource limitations in the plans