Amazon EC2

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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

About Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to facilitate web-scale computing for developers.

Select a pre-configured, templated Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to get up and running immediately. Alternatively you can create an AMI with your applications, libraries, data, and associated configuration settings.
Configure security and network access on your Amazon EC2 instance. Choose which instance type(s) you want, then start, terminate, and monitor as many instances of your AMI as needed, using the web service APIs or the variety of management tools provided. Determine whether you want to run in multiple locations, utilize static IP endpoints, or attach persistent block storage to your instances.


Key benefits of Amazon EC2

  • Pay only for the resources that you actually consume, like instance-hours or data transfer.

  • The Amazon EC2 auto-scaling feature allows you to instantaneously increase or decrease capacity. It automatically scales up during spikes to maintain performance and scales down during lulls to save costs.

  • Amazon EC2 allows you to select a configuration of memory, CPU, instance storage, and the boot partition size that is best for your choice of operating system and application.

  • Elastic load balancing enables you to achieve even higher fault tolerance in your applications, seamlessly responding to incoming application traffic by providing the amount of load balancing capacity needed.

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    Darian
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

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    Reviewed on 19/05/2022

    Overall I think EC2 is a good product especially if cost is not as important. The ability to...

    Overall I think EC2 is a good product especially if cost is not as important. The ability to configure everything through the cloud plus the reliability of AWS is very hard to beat.

    Pros

    We like how quick it is to setup and clone instances with EC2. When doing development it is fairly easy to spin up test instances for little cost. Speaking of cost, since EC2 has so many options/tiers it is quite simple to choose a plan/tier that minimizes our costs but maximizes our output. The security aspect of EC2 is also very intuitive requiring that we have keys to access any particular server. This is an upgrade compared to when we had everything locally.

    Cons

    This is not built out of the box but we have had the situation come up where we wanted to start and stop an instance on a schedule. EC2 does not have a built in solution to handle both of these steps. Although I mentioned the flexibility of the configurations, the cost still is quite high especially coming from a local solution. However from our perspective it was worth it for the other features it provides.

    Maha
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    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Amazon EC2: Simplified Server Deployment in the Cloud

    Reviewed on 30/08/2023

    Can't imagine configuring all these server deployments and publishing them online to be used by...

    Can't imagine configuring all these server deployments and publishing them online to be used by clients instantaneously without the cloud IaaS services provided by Amazon EC2.

    Pros

    I implemented several server scripts on EC2 Virtual Machines of the M4 instance profile. Using SSH and remote desktop it feels like working on a local server. Dynamic IP management makes advertising cloud servers to the outside world a very simplified task. I tested applications servers (Apache, Apache Tomcat, IIS, Glassfish, etc) on top of the EC2 cloud as well as database servers such as MySQL and DB2. The system is as "elastic" as advertised with a true pay-as-you-go model. That was the main inception behind realizing an actual "utility-computing" based cloud system by Amazon.

    Cons

    The security configuration consisting of generating the private/public keys are not that simply packaged for the beginner developer. But many improvement have been made on this front by Amazon.

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    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Good quality machine with room for improvement.

    Reviewed on 12/04/2019

    Pros

    Pretty easy to use. Wide documentation is available in case you get stuck somewhere. And good quality machines.

    Cons

    For some reason, the p3.16xlarge (8 tesla v100 GPUs) machine is outperformed by p3.8xlarge machine (4 tesla v100 GPUs) (tested on multiple GPU supported model). I was using it for ML training and p3.8xlarge was taking 27 to 28 seconds for an epoch where p3.16xlarge was taking 31 to 32 seconds for an epoch even though it is a larger machine !!!!!! It has twice computing power on paper but that does not reflect in actual performance. I am not sure what might be the reason but paying twice but slower machine does not make any sence. I hope they will fix this soon.

    Ana Rafaela
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    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Powerful tool not friendly at all

    Reviewed on 25/10/2023

    Pros

    Offers a remarkable level of customization, making it a fantastic choice for tailoring your computing resources to your exact needs. With a wide variety of pre-configured operating systems available, setting up your environment is a breeze. This platform is particularly sysadmin-friendly, providing the tools and flexibility needed to manage and optimize your system efficiently. It's like having an all-in-one solution at your fingertips

    Cons

    The documentation provided can be somewhat lacking, which can make it challenging for users, especially newcomers, to navigate the platform effectively. Additionally, the pricing structure and advertising could benefit from more transparency and clarity to help users better understand the costs involved. Lastly, setting up monitoring can be a bit complex, and streamlining this process could make it more user-friendly. Despite these issues, EC2 still provides robust cloud computing capabilities for those willing to navigate these challenges

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    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Amazon EC2

    Reviewed on 05/12/2023

    Pros

    Amazon EC2 is one of the best web service for flexible cloud computing which supports the deploy of virtual machines so fast. Amazon EC2 download and upload speed is very fast along with secure and reliable in or out of network accessibility. In our office we use it as a VM for running different product on it.

    Cons

    At first user can fell complex so learning to use Amazon EC2 can take some time but overall service is best.

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    Amazon EC2 offers the following pricing plans:

    • Free Trial: Available

    Amazon EC2 offers a free tier for the T2 and T3 instances, as well as the new T4g.micro instance. When you are ready to upgrade, choose one of the many pricing options available for your organization.

    Amazon EC2 has the following typical customers:

    2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

    Amazon EC2 supports the following languages:

    English

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    Amazon EC2 integrates with the following applications:

    Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon RDS, Amazon S3

    We do not have any information about what support options Amazon EC2 has

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