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Re: [newtech-1] AppEngine vs Amazon?

From: Geoff S.
Sent on: Friday, February 15, 2013 9:10 AM

There's a lot to like about AppEngine, in my opinion. However, among the downsides is vendor lock-in. Many apps can't easily be picked up and moved to another platform. That said, it's hard to answer your question without knowing more about your site and your business plans. Vendor lock-in may or may not present a material risk to your business.

Linode and AWS offer root access to machines that you can configure and deploy as you want, so you'll have more flexibility to maintain application portability. However, you'll have to do more work to build and maintain your infrastructure compared to GAE.

One alternative that you might consider if your application/database requirements can accommodate a mongodb solution is mongolab. You can either build a data layer in Java/Python on GAE or you can access your database directly from JavaScript in the browser. This way, you could leave your app where it is, for now, and at least your data would be somewhat more portable.

Let me know if you want to discuss in more detail. 


Geoffrey M. Scott, Co-Founder, The Hackerati, Inc. ~ (516)[masked]

On Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM, Michael Mellinger wrote:

I need a database to build out my h4labs site. Currently I'm on app engine and I think they have some sort of MySql solution but I'm hesitant about putting more time into it because Google is a bit proprietary. Before I do, however, I want to make sure that I can't make it work. Am I better off switching to Amazon or Linode now?


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