13 reasons to ditch AWS for another cloud

There great alternatives to AWS, and many are evolving in ways that hint at the cloud's future

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Amazon Web Services clearly dominates the field. One of the first clouds, AWS is today’s leading choice for good reason. It offers so many options and services under its virtual roof that it’s nearly impossible to summarize the breadth. There are dozens of machine types to choose from, dozens of ways to store data, and hundreds if not thousands of software packages you can use to build out your environment. That’s the definition of the 800-pound gorilla in the cloud.

But the competition isn’t standing still. Not only are there great alternatives to AWS right now, but many of these are evolving in ways that hint at the future of the cloud—when AWS may no longer be your first choice.

So before you hit the default button and spin up servers on AWS, consider whether Amazon’s cloud is right for your project—now and in the years ahead. Here we take a look at 13 scenarios where going non-AWS makes sense now, and why you may soon dump AWS for another cloud in the near future.

You want bare metal performance

The cloud depends upon virtualization to deliver all of its flexibility, and virtualization comes at a price. Some little bit of code must look at every I/O request and send it to the right virtual machine. Those little bits add up. The folks at Joyent love to talk about how they cut out the middle step to offer “bare metal” performance for Docker containers on their machines. They spent the time developing Triton so they could remove a few layers that normally slow down I/O operations on virtual machines. Our tests showed that you could get more bang for the buck.

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