New Download: AWS Instances vs Physical Servers

AWS is often viewed as the only real choice to tend to an organisation’s infrastructure needs. It’s an understandable attitude, but it could be costing businesses a great deal – a phenomenon we examine in our in-depth comparative guide.

With 33% Share of the cloud infrastructure market, AWS still holds a big lead, especially considering second place vendor, Microsoft, has with only 13%. This large market share didn’t result from AWS being the cheapest solution but is often linked with the company’s ability to keep up with trends, such as the recent Blockchain as a Service (BaaS), and the fact it was one of the first to market.

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So, the question becomes, how does AWS compare to physical servers? With all the different offerings of AWS, a direct comparison is not necessarily easy, but there are numerous options in the marketplace that are often cheaper.

In fact, dedicated hosts from AWS are far more expensive than dedicated servers, costing approximately 450% more on average. And unless you only have light demands, bandwidth on AWS is very costly. Most hosting companies include 10TB with the price of a physical server, whereas 10TB of traffic would cost over £650 per month on AWS.

In some areas, costs are closer, such as between prebuilt physical servers and AWS spot instances.

Cloud Repatriation

A recurring theme in tech news over the last few years has been organisations migrating from public cloud to private. A good example of this is Dropbox who originally started with AWS but then moved 600 petabytes of data from Amazon’s cloud to its own data centres. This move was made to improve performance, reliability flexibility and control for users.

Dropbox asked the same basic question that we’re suggesting you ask: Do the benefits of AWS actually outweigh the costs?

And sometimes they will – AWS can be a great fit, which is why we used it for Happi. Happi was built to never require a large footprint of infrastructure, no matter how many users are active. This, along with global reach through the ability to deploy products and services into any location, made AWS a great match for Happi.

For the full picture of how AWS compares to physical servers, take a look at our AWS vs Physical Services guide which covers:

  • How AWS has controlled the market
  • Leaving AWS: some high profile cases
  • A cost comparison with dedicated servers for: compute capacity/server, storage, databases, and bandwidth
  • When AWS is the best fit
  • The support you can expect with AWS

Or, for a more hands-on look at how various providers compare, check out the Happi tool, which allows users to compare the ‭prices of infrastructure between vendors.