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Comparing AWS with Packet?

Amazon defined the cloud computing market with the launch of AWS and continues to offer a powerful, expansive approach to infrastructure and platform services. With hundreds or thousands of different pricing options and service levels, AWS offers a supermarket approach to cloud computing. 

We respect AWS enormously for what they've built: a seemingly infinite platform that can perform at massive scale. It offers a great solution for many use cases - however, it has downsides that include complexity, vendor lock-in, noisy neighbors, and a focus on virtualization (granted, their bare metal product is pretty snazzy).

Our main shared feature is automation. In fact, our goal when starting the company was to bring an "AWS-like experience" to bare metal, so that developers (and their software) could consume dedicated infrastructure the same way they do other public cloud resources. From quick deploys (~60 seconds) to deep integration with the DevOps ecosystem, AWS & Packet have a lot in common when it comes to consumption experience. 

Features
Hourly Pricing
Native IPv6 Support
Simple, Clean API
Deploys in Minutes
Extensive DevOps Integrations
Cloud-init / Metadata Support
Spot Market Feature
Full Hardware Access Limited
Private Deployment Option
Local & Global BGP
BYO IP Space
Multi-Architecture
  • Why Choose Packet?
  • Why Choose Amazon Web Services?
  1. Price to Performance - By delivering single tenant "hardware as a service" we're able to provide more performance at less cost. 
  2. Hardware Access - We offer the ability to innovate directly on hardware, but with the automation experience of the cloud. 
  3. Advanced Networking - We provide the networking benefits of a private datacenter (think BGP, Layer 3, your own AS) but with the benefits of cloud operations.
  4. Awesome Support - We’re 100% focused on automating hardware, not designing managed services, so we can afford to build deep relationships with our customers.
  5. Ability to Customize - Need to be in a special location, or deploy a fleet of the latest GPU's? We can help you do that and give you the automation you need. 
  6. Roadmap Influence - Yup, we have a public roadmap and regularly convene custom councils to help us chart our features, locations, and configurations.
  7. Non Competitive - We’re in the business of infrastructure, not managed services. This means you can offer an amazing “xyz” as a service on Packet, and we won’t.
  8. Benefits of Single Tenancy - To state the obvious, when you get a dedicated server it is 100% yours - ensuring a stable environment that you can define.
  1. Managed VM's - While you can of course deploy your own VM's on top of Packet bare metal, AWS bases its core EC2 infrastructure offering on VM's. It's pretty great.
  2. Everything as a Service - If you're looking for a platform that has everything, from load balancing to container orchestration, Amazon would be a great choice.     
  3. 1000’s of Features - Nearly 1,000 features at AWS are released or improved each year. That’s a lot of stuff, but it can be complicated to manage. 
  4. Complex Pricing - This may not be a benefit, but with the huge number of options that AWS offers, it is possible to slice and dice exactly what you need. 
  5. Nearly Unlimited Scale - AWS's massive size means they can pre-invest billions of dollars in capacity each year. It does, in fact, feel limitless.
  6. Per Second Billing - Per second billing allows customers to start/stop/terminate instances and they will not be charged for the minutes or seconds remaining per hour.
  7. $100,000 in Free Credit - You read that right, AWS offers promotional credits to those who meet the terms and conditions they set forth. 
  8. Diapers in an Hour - Okay, this has nothing to do with infrastructure, but it does speak to Amazon's overall logistical prowess.

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