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Dave Page, Software Architect and Head of Global Infrastructure at EnterpriseDB, explains why EnterpriseDB chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) for part of their infrastructure: According to Mr. Page, “We encountered a number of difficulties with our previous content delivery network (CDN), Akamai, including slow response to a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack that cost many thousands of dollars in increased bandwidth usage. When our contract with Akamai was due for renewal, we looked at a number of options and chose Amazon because of the cost and month-to-month service provision, which gave us the option to change to another provider again if needed.”
EnterpriseDB has moved their downloads to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon CloudFront, having previously used their hosting provider as the origin for their downloads, which were distributed by Akamai. They also use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for testing and development purposes. EnterpriseDB uses the Amazon Web console for management, and S3tools for uploading content to Amazon S3.
Page is pleased with the cost savings realized as a result of signing on with Amazon: “The renewal cost offered by our previous CDN was nearly twice what we calculated the worst-case cost with Amazon to be. Having been with Amazon for over three months now, we’re happy to see that despite having a major software release this month, our costs have been nearly a third of what our previous provider was offering.” He adds, “Not only are we saving on the CDN itself, but using Amazon S3 as the origin is significantly cheaper than using our hosting provider, as we found that Akamai can use a lot of costly origin bandwidth.”
For other developers, Page has this advice: “Shop around, and don’t assume the ‘traditional’ content delivery providers will offer the best price or service.”
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