The Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Amazon Web Services In this month's Can't Live With/Can't Live Without column, two business owners explain their opposing views on the remote computing service for web sites.
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Can't Live With It
Tom Copeland, owner of Bullworthy.com, a web services firm in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Bullworthy.com, a web content specialist for mom-and-pop businesses, depends on its hosting and cloud service providers to deliver websites and store content reliably. But owner Tom Copeland says using Amazon Web Services would be a bit like taking a jackhammer to a job that calls for a shovel.
"This is for the hard-core developer, and some people don't need hard-core developer applications," Copeland says. He says he tinkered with AWS once but it was too complicated, so he stuck with FatCow to host his web properties and Google to store and manage his files and documents.
"For $20 a year I bought 80 GB of storage space, which is more than I would ever need," he says. "For 20 bucks and a couple of clicks I was able to buy storage capacity that I'll never effectively max out."