Whatever information became public, people would write scripts and the like with those assumptions baked in. Even if it wasn't officially documented, it'd be bad PR for Amazon to break things people were relying on.
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.
This is correct. The biggest cost I saw was bandwidth, followed by cycles on their machines. MediaCrush was a "media hosting website" (see original comment) and as such, used a lot of bandwidth and did a lot of work transcoding things, and had a large storage requirement.
I don't know, it was an anecdotal story from a while ago. Before we left AWS we were utilizing all three (iirc these numbers didn't factor in CloudFront though). Point I'm making is - do the research and don't just reach immediately for AWS.
Oh okay I was just curious. I completely agree. The AWS bill at my startup went up quite a bit after the free trial ended since there are many variables that are included with each service such as how many requests/mo, tiered bandwidth, etc. The AWS calculator is nice and so is the billing estimator, but it's still quite confusing.
Not all other prices are set by competition. There's much manipulation through things like subsidies, tariffs, tax incentives, and bailouts.
Also, having lived in Singapore for years, it's a wonderful city and I love it, but the wage story isn't necessarily one to mimic. It might look grand as a foreigner, but your cleaning lady is probably sharing a 3 bedroom apartment with 16+ other women and doesn't see her family more than a few times a year.
There's thousands of choices, most have been in business since before AWS has existed, and almost all of them will give you much better (2x-16x) bang for your money (Even on a small order, you can (or could) negotiate SoftLayer's down by ~50%).
Ones that I'm personally familiar with:
Hivelocity in Florida
ReliableSite in NY
WebNX in LA
100TB (a SL reseller in some locations, and they own their own in others)
OVH (lower quality, lower price, great for various workloads, NA data center)
Yes, that's why I'm asking. There's surely tons of potential differences, in reliability, redundancy options, turnaround time for new boxes, selection of configurations (including recently released hardware and things like GPUs), networking options, backbone connectivity, software services, multiple data centers (so you only need to pay/deal with one vendor) etc.
I know it's asking a lot, but I wish people's eating habits were driven more by environmental and humanitarian factors, than what they like or even what's healthy (though I believe none of these are mutually exclusive). I find the current state of things horrifying.