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My view on cloud and Amazon AWS

(Last Updated On: June 29, 2015)

My view on cloud and Amazon AWS

A general discussion with someone at Amazon. Start from the bottom:

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Understood. I am a developer myself but I still would not move everything I do to AWS. I am looking at VPS accounts or managed servers for more control as my software solution is not in la la land somewhere with other potentially bad software. From what my community is hearing, people still want their private cloud as there are too many unknown fingers in the pie with these ‘public cloud’ ecosystems. It may work for other companies, but not for me.
As said, your customer service is quite good and I like the concerns you show, but from a technical perspective, I always like out of box solutions vs this plug and play approach. Just my useless two cents.
I guess this is why services you host would have much higher potential for outage or hacking. I cannot afford the potential liability that comes with it.

On 2015-06-29 10:52 AM, Sala, Luis wrote:
> Hi Bryan,
>
> Thanks for letting us know.
>
> Speaking for myself, I’m a big fan of Vimeo. From what I’ve read, I think it should serve you well.
>
> We often compare AWS as a series of infrastructure “building blocks” that developers can use to create all matter of new products & services. Many of them are consumer services that you probably use on a daily basis such as Pinterest and Netflix.
>
> Even Vimeo are AWS customers:
> http://www.slideshare.net/AmazonWebServices/customer-presentations-vimeoec2ny
>
> The point is that, a good chunk of our services are intended for developers and may, at times, lack the user-friendliness and convenience that more consumer or prosumer services, such as Vimeo, provide.
>
> You’ve given us some great feedback that we’ll take to heart as we explore ways of making AWS services be more easily consumable in the future. I hope to one-day be able to send you an email saying “Thanks to your feedback, we’ve made it easier to securely serve videos to your users”.
>
> For the time being, we’re simply comforted to know that, by using Vimeo, you’re still part of the AWS family, if only indirectly.
>
> We’re here to serve, so please let us know if we can ever be of service to you and QuantLabs.
>
> Kind regards,
>
>
>> On Jun 29, 2015, at 7:03 AM, Bryan Downing <feedback@quantlabs.net> wrote:
>>

>> Thanks. I am moving all my future videos onto an easier solution known as Vimeo. Your AWS is no longer part of our future due to the over-engineering and complexity of a solution that should be provided out of box. You sound like you are going down the direction of Microsoft. May the force be with you.
>> Great customer service and concern thought but the solution offered is extra complicated.
>> Sorry
>>
>> On 2015-06-29 9:50 AM, Sala, Luis wrote:

>>>
>>> I hope you had a good weekend. I realize it’s only been a few days, but we wish to check-in on you. Do you require anything?
>>>
>>> Please let us know if you’d like to have a call.

>>>
>>> On Jun 26, 2015, at 11:16 AM, Bryan Downing <feedback@quantlabs.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Will do thanks for checking.
>>>>

>>>>> Just checking in to see how things are going. Please let Brandon and I know if you have any comments or questions.
>>>>>

>>>>>
>>>>>> Hey Bryan,
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks for reaching out to us today, and for talking through your questions on a call with us. We always appreciate the feedback about how we can improve, and are interested in helping you find a solution.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Based on our discussion, we believe you are interested in using AWS as a Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution. You shared that you already tried using S3 Flow Shield and S3 Media Maestro, but they don’t provide the level of protection you need. On the call we discussed several alternatives to serving your videos directly from S3. The recommendation that seems to best fit your needs is to use a Video Player, like Wowza, and Cloudfront, our CDN service. We believe the combination will help you deliver the type of experience you are expecting.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> CloudFront is intended to support video streaming use cases. Cloudfront will allow you to use RTMP, which allows you to impose a restriction that content must be accessed via your Cloudfront RTMP distribution. This restriction will prevent users from navigating directly to your S3 bucket making it more difficult to download your content directly. CloudFront also improves your customer experience, because your content will be streamed from low-latency POPs that are geographically proximal to your end users. For a quick introduction, please review the following link: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudFront/latest/DeveloperGuide/Introduction.html
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> To use RTMP, you will need to make sure your media files are MP4 and you need a video player can support RTMP streaming. As we talked about on the phone, your primary concern was URL obfuscation, which is primarily the responsibility of the video player you choose to use. One video player customers have used is Wowza, which has a variety of security options for streaming. We have included more details below:
>>>>>> · Instructions for setting up FlowPlayer and an RTMP distribution: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonCloudFront/latest/DeveloperGuide/TutorialStreamingFlowplayer.html
>>>>>> · Wowza Plugin: http://flash.flowplayer.org/demos/plugins/streaming/secure-wowza.html
>>>>>> · Overview of security options: http://www.wowza.com/forums/content.php?115-Media-security-overview
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I hope this gets you pointed in the right direction with Cloudfront. Once you have a chance to process this information, please let us know if you would like to meet again to discuss further or if you could use additional help.

 

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