Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

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Amazon EC2 Overview

What is 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.

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Amazon EC2 Reviews

Amazon EC2 Reviews

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4,5
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Excellent
37

Very good
11

Average
7

Poor
1

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,7
Ease of Use
3,8
Customer Support
3,9
86% recommended this app
Carlos alberto G.

Experience to grow

I have been able to solve many types of problems, from simple hostings, to applications that have grown and needed to scale. The configurations are simple for the most part, and you can really grow without the need for large expenses or investments of time in implementing astronomical solutions.


Verified Reviewer

Extensible with Plentiful Integrations

EC2 gives us the ability to automate a lot of our infrastructure installations. Along with the ability to bid on spot machines to make our server costs low.


Greg B.

I was forced to leave after 6 years of happy use

What AWS don't tell you is that on top of your EC2 cost comes a whole range of other hidden costs. Costs that only creep up after you've been using the product for a long time. Almost as if it has been designed this way.

Specifically, I ran into trouble with CPU and Disk IO credits. This is not a thing on any other platform. EC2 allows you to "burst" your processing power or disk read/write speed. This is done automatically with no control from the administrator. Once the tokens run out, which is seemingly incalculable, the servers crash.

The only way to keep the servers up is to keep spending more money by increasing the tokens (by raising the capacity), even though I didn't need the extra capacity. My servers are running perfectly on another provider now, on the lowest capacity instances, with no concept of "tokens" to worry about.


Verified Reviewer

EC2 makes it simple to spin up hardware on demand

Really it's difficult to remember a time before EC2, getting a new hardware instance was typically weeks or months of effort, now it can be done in seconds.


Francis A.

AWS EC2 review

Easy to launch an EC2 instance into different subnets and regions


Carlos alberto G.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Experience to grow

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/29
Review Source: Capterra

I have been able to solve many types of problems, from simple hostings, to applications that have grown and needed to scale. The configurations are simple for the most part, and you can really grow without the need for large expenses or investments of time in implementing astronomical solutions.

Pros

I think the whole EC2 environment is impressive, the set of tools allows for implementations of all kinds and on the scale that is necessary. Currently there are many configuration options, the user interfaces have improved making the use fluid and very easy to understand. All the implementations that I have had to carry out have been fast and the integrations with the existing resources have not been a problem.

Cons

In my case, I would like to have some extra tool available to manage the operating system of the instances.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Extensible with Plentiful Integrations

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/05/10
Review Source: Capterra

EC2 gives us the ability to automate a lot of our infrastructure installations. Along with the ability to bid on spot machines to make our server costs low.

Pros

Amazon EC2 handles a lot of our server infrastructure and has in incredible amount of features to help deploy our products in a fast and scaleable fashion. Having integrations with other software allows us to use EC2 in an automated simple "key-turn" clusters.

Cons

The thing a least like about EC2 is how rigid creating resources are. Editing things like machine sizes, flavors, and such is not as intuitive. Along with having different sections/consoles for managing instance configurations like networks or security groups.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Greg B.
Industry: Computer & Network Security
Company size: 2-10 Employees

I was forced to leave after 6 years of happy use

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/15
Review Source: Capterra

What AWS don't tell you is that on top of your EC2 cost comes a whole range of other hidden costs. Costs that only creep up after you've been using the product for a long time. Almost as if it has been designed this way.

Specifically, I ran into trouble with CPU and Disk IO credits. This is not a thing on any other platform. EC2 allows you to "burst" your processing power or disk read/write speed. This is done automatically with no control from the administrator. Once the tokens run out, which is seemingly incalculable, the servers crash.

The only way to keep the servers up is to keep spending more money by increasing the tokens (by raising the capacity), even though I didn't need the extra capacity. My servers are running perfectly on another provider now, on the lowest capacity instances, with no concept of "tokens" to worry about.

Pros

EC2 is so easy to set up. It doesn't require any thought to what is happening "behind the scenes".

Cons

It doesn't require any thought to what is happening "behind the scenes". When something breaks, you're on your own (without a minimum $2,000/mo support contract). AWS slowly increase the cost of associated tech with no way to understand why.

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Likelihood to recommend: 1.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 201-500 Employees

EC2 makes it simple to spin up hardware on demand

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/09
Review Source: Capterra

Really it's difficult to remember a time before EC2, getting a new hardware instance was typically weeks or months of effort, now it can be done in seconds.

Pros

I love how simple and quick it is to get instances up and running. With our AMIs I can spin up a new instance in a matter of seconds.

Cons

Amazon has a massive feature set, but it is a little more technically focused than some of the competition, which can make the barrier to entry a little higher.

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Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Francis A.
Industry: Banking
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

AWS EC2 review

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/06/20
Review Source: Capterra

Easy to launch an EC2 instance into different subnets and regions

Pros

A very user friendly interface. easy to navigate and setup

Cons

The free tier eligible instance is just 1gb ram. cant really do much with it

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,6/10
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Amazon EC2 Pricing

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Amazon EC2 Features

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Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
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Features
4,7/5
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Additional information for Amazon EC2

Additional information for Amazon EC2

Key features of Amazon EC2

  • AWS Marketplace
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • Auto Scaling
  • Elastic IP Addresses
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • Enhanced Networking
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters
  • Multiple Locations
  • VM Import/Export

Benefits

  • 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.

  • Amazon EC2 FAQs

    Amazon EC2 FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Amazon EC2.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Amazon EC2 offer?

    Amazon EC2 offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Not Available

    Q. What are the main features of Amazon EC2?

    Amazon EC2 offers the following features:

    • AWS Marketplace
    • Amazon CloudWatch
    • Amazon Elastic Block Store
    • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
    • Auto Scaling
    • Elastic IP Addresses
    • Elastic Load Balancing
    • Enhanced Networking
    • High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters
    • Multiple Locations
    • VM Import/Export

    Q. Who are the typical users of Amazon EC2?

    Amazon EC2 has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Amazon EC2 support?

    We do not have any information about what languages Amazon EC2 supports

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Amazon EC2 offer?

    Amazon EC2 has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Amazon EC2 support mobile devices?

    Amazon EC2 supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Amazon EC2 integrate with?

    Amazon EC2 integrates with the following applications:

    CoScale, Datadog, Dynatrace Ruxit, Hosted Graphite, Kissflow Digital Workplace, NetDispatcher, PARiM, ShippingEasy, Ubuntu Server GUI, Vocalcom

    Q. What level of support does Amazon EC2 offer?

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