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I think in this case I could have interchanged "terrible" with "enterprise" and it would've had a more ""correct"" meaning (seriously I wish I could keep adding quotes to all of that...). I had to fight and argue with the previous host (Rackspace) to get them to lower our prices. It also took weeks to deploy a server. Now it takes 5-25 seconds with a prebuilt AMI that I've cooked together, deployed on exactly the hardware that I want, with the network configuration that I setup, and the security rules (bi-directional! Rackspace firewall only offers inbound at the level we had) that I want/need. On top of this, to get lower prices, I open a ticket and say "Hello, I'll be needing this server for 1 year, lower prices please." No phone calls involved. I'm not trying to diss Rackspace, they seem to be doing a lot of cool things... I simply had a permanantly sour taste left in my mouth. AWS is a big juicy BBQ sandwich in comparison.

On your points about AWS itself I'm not going to argue with as they certainly are valid, however in my specific setup (everything production is c4/r3 types, 1tb gp2 volumes as all volumes, and running network benchmarks to ensure everything is properly sized) I've actually had a pretty big performance gain over dedicated servers in a DMZ behind a hardware firewall.

With regards to the bandwidth, it seems a common issue is when you have very chatty services (Apache Kafka) deployed across multiple AZ's the bill gets real big real fast. Thus far, we're not even cracking 3-digits in bandwidth monthly. Maybe we're simply not at a scale to notice these problems yet.

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