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Appendix B: Amazon Web Services Product Review

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Use Case #1 Jason Fitzpatrick - Professor Research

 

Evaluation Criteria Summary Table

Criteria Yes or No Other Comments
Asynchronous Sharing Yes Is the main way in which data is stored and the purpose it was designed.
Large file size upload Yes 1byte to 5 terabytes per file size.
Large total data storage bytes (Terabyte minimum) Yes

Unlimited # files, storage is priced the GB, monthly transfer and # of file requests.
Criteria

Score (1-5)

1 = Lowest Applicability

5 = Most applicable

Other Comments
Limited user access (Peer to Peer Only) 5 Unlimited # files, storage is priced the GB, monthly transfer and # of file requests.
Secure (Keep the findings confidential) 5 is very secure (transfer and storage level encryption). Offers compliances for HIPAA and PCI as well as government agencies.
Easy accessibility (Share Files anywhere) 1 Designed for either large storage or large # of requests. The storage technique used is designed for developers not average users. Costs are also based on access and file changes (only deletes are free).
Intuitive Interface 1 Designed for experienced developers. Difficult for average users to implement.
Total Score 12 out of 20  

 

Summary of Use Case #1 Evaluation:

Amazon AWS provides the security and content control that they are looking for, but the pricing scheme is complicated and it requires a lot of knowledge of APIs and the Amazon framework that is used.  Data stored with Amazon is also priced by access, so files that are downloaded, updated, or uploaded frequently could become pricey. The amount of storage with this service would not be an issue and has plenty of security options.


 

Use Case #2 Janet Mantinko - Amateur Photographer

 

Evaluation Criteria Summary Table

Criteria Yes or No
Other Comments
Large file size upload Yes 1byte to 5 terabytes per file size.
Automatic file deletion Yes A rule can be added to buckets to allow them to be deleted after certain conditions are met (such as by age or by user).
Free Yes There is a free option. Has very small storage, bandwidth, and access restrictions.
Criteria

Score (1-5)

1 = Lowest Applicability

5 = Most applicable

Other Comments
Keep the pictures confidential 5 user must assign access to a user, can also have private data.
Users access limited to one Folder 2 I found very little information about folder limiting. You can specify user access roles, but AWS doesn’t store data using folders, instead if functions similar to an array or hashmap.
Easy accessibility for users 1 System is not designed for general use. Public files could be easily accessed via a link, but private ones require knowledge of the system.
Large total data storage 5 can support an almost unlimited total storage.
Easy to use/ intuitive interface 1  Technical background as network admin or developer is probably needed.
Turn Key (no investment in Setup) 2 Requires a decent amount of setup to use, especially for more of the access control features. Pricing may fluctuate on use. Designed for API access over web or amazon provided application.
Total 16 out of 30  

 

Summary of Use Case #2 Evaluation

AWS is designed for large file and high availability access. Ease of use is a major problem as amazon doesn't offer much help using their services (the documentation is written for admins and network engineers). Pricing this solution would be difficult, since the breakdown is laid out by access, bandwidth, and storage space. It provides a large amount of storage and large file size support, but the pricing and intent of AWS is for highly accessed files and backups. This review also doesn’t cover the hundreds of other solutions included with AWS. These range from networking, load balancing, vpn, virtual machines, virtual networks, and off-site backups to app hosting, data analysis, and video conversations.


 

Use Case #3 Marissa Kent - Metro Tech Consulting

 

Evaluation Criteria Summary Table

Criteria Yes or No
Other Comments
Upload Large File Size Yes supports files up to 5 terabytes.
Selective Access Control Yes Public, private, and user-based access control options.
Criteria

Score (1-5)

1 = Lowest Applicability

5 = Most applicable

Other Comments
Low Cost 2 this one is difficult, Amazon's pricing system is broken into storage size per GB per monthly transfer and by the number of file accesses per month. Rates appear to be less than 50 cents for a large amount of space and number of accesses per month.
Security 5 Access controls and flexible encryption options. Complies with HIPAA and PCI and government agency use.
Easy accessibility for internal and external users 1 Uploading files is complicated. Requires background knowledge typical of a developer. Downloading files could be easy if they are public. To support a case for internal and external control, an app that uses the AWS API would be needed (probably developed).   
Managed by Client 2 Doesn’t appear to allow you to allocate management to users, but may support different user levels of control. The documentation is heavy and designed for people with experience using on-site types of tools similar to Amazons. You could set a user to have add, delete, and change permissions.
Project Management Tools 1 Not offered. Supports Web apps, but they must be provided and purchased separately.
Robust for large files 4 Option is available for large files with high availability as well as slower “glacier” backup storage (probably tape based).
Compatible with multiple document platforms 2 May support such features, but they would need to be designed and/or implemented by the customer to use.
Mobile Device Accessibility 3 There is a mobile app that is provided by Amazon, however it is used for monitoring and simple management of the services you subscribe to. It doesn't offer control of files or changes to services.  It is also rather complicated to use.
Total 19 out of 40  

 

Summary of Use Case #3 Evaluation

AWS is designed for large file and high availability access. It fails to provide the project management support role that this client would be looking for. The ease of use is also a major problem as Amazon doesn’t offer significant help using their services (the documentation is written for admins and network engineers). Pricing this solution would be difficult, since the breakdown is laid out by access, bandwidth and storage space. It provides a large amount of storage and large file size support, but the pricing and intent of AWS is for highly accessed files and backups.  This review also doesn’t cover the hundreds of other solutions included with AWS. These range from networking, load balancing, vpn, virtual machines, virtual networks, and off-site backups to app hosting, data analysis, and video conversations.

A side note: AWS will soon offer Amazon Zocalo, a document sharing and collaboration tool. This tool would be a perfect solution for Marissa. It is scalable and cost effective.

 

Sources:

 

S3 Information: https://aws.amazon.com/s3/?nc1=h_l2_sc

File Storage Pricing: http://aws.amazon.com/s3/pricing/

Zocalo: http://aws.amazon.com/zocalo/

 

 

 

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