To Sign up with Amazon AWS , All you need is a valid credit card. If you provide the relevant information, you can sign up in a matter of minutes or within an hour.
With Softlayer , After you submit the registration , you will have to go through a process with their sales to process your order . You have to submit relevant documents that they ask for.
The surprising thing that had happened to me with Softlayer when I had applied for a trial account was, After providing the relevant information, they responded to me saying that they could not process my order because of “Billing inconsistencies” . So, what does “billing inconsistencies” mean? there is no specific information, so I asked them. They said, they are apologizing and that any further thing on this, I have to contact my bank.
With any credit card processing today globally, either a vendor says that your card has been accepted or rejected. How would a Bank be able to correlate a generic term such as ” billing consistencies” and associating it with a specific service provider’s order processing, If I were to go and ask them with out any basis or a reference or to a transaction ? As a matter of fact, the credit card that I had registered during the sign up with Softlayer is from an MNC bank and I have been using the same card with different global cloud service providers including amazon and a host of others since many years. I dont have any negative credit rating since many years.Hence there is no reason for me believe that there is a real issue.
I had further responded to Softlayer , that there is no specific reason for me to pursue a conversation with my Bank taking an abstract reason given to me with out any specifics. Until now there has been no response .
Anyhow, the process of opening a trial account has been significantly overwhelming based on my experience .
In contrast to this ,Based on the standard model of on-line purchase through a valid Visa or Master credit card, trying out /purchasing with Amazon AWS Cloud would be a breeze. Amazon AWS also provides a FREE tier to try your application deployments on the cloud or if you have play around with AWS services. Even updating your account information on Amazon takes a few minutes later when your personal information changes.
Amazon AWS Cloud is awesome! Go for it! It would be seamless and painless experience to explore your cloud pursuits.