Amazon EC2

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AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud, making web-scale computing easier for developers.

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Amazon EC2 review by <span>David H.</span>
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EC2: If you're going to use cloud services this is the one.

What do you like best?

AWS is the benchmark for cloud services. Its ever expanding collection of services connected to and that use EC2 make it kind of a no-brainer choice for putting your services in up in the cloud

What do you dislike?

Despite almost a decade of use, AWS EC2 is still really an expert-=only system. You are not going to just "stand up a few instances" and call it a day. It's a very powerful system and to get the most out of it and not to waste tons of money, you will have to learn a lot about the system and use it correctly. Worse, just because something is in the cloud doesn't mean that it somehow is magically backed up or is redundant, has failover or CDN support, etc. You can haver all those things and more with AWS, but you have to implemented them on the provided building blocks or make use of Amazon's own packages services (like their RDS data base services)... which of course, is a value added service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

- Understand your server and data needs before trying use AWS; you cannot just fire up instances

- Understand your data I/O requirements - sending data across AWS or over the Internet using AWS can get quite costly.

- If you do not have top-notch sysadmins with AWS experience, hire a consultant; this is a set of lego-blocks for building infrastructure that cots by the minute. It adds up!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Server virtualization

- CDN access/support

- Distributed databases

- Distributed/redundant databases

- On the fly server capacity/scaling

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Amazon EC2 review by <span>Steve E.</span>
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fast Support, Great Customer Support

What do you like best?

The speed of the servers, are extremely high and always up, in the time I've been with Amazon, my servers never went down for a single second. the support is great, I had many troubles while setting up my server as well as the internet connection associated with the server went down, the support team replied quickly and fixed the issue within minutes, really impressive. the servers are quite easy to setup and many options to configure them as you need. they offer a free trial with credits enough to run their servers up to a period of 1 year. I got into the platform with the free credit I got and really impressed by the performance of the servers. another great thing about Amazon is that they give access to the platform through SSH which can be helpful. also, you've got a chance to backup your data so you're safe even if the server went down.

What do you dislike?

the interface is really complicated and at first, it was almost impossible for me to navigate and usually end up at wrong pages frequently. the payment after the first year trial isn't cheap and there are several cheap services out there who provide those specifications at a very cheap rate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

they are fast and the support is really good. if you wanna test their servers, they also offer a free trial. try them out and decide for yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Run Cloud Severs to develop and test applications.

What Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution do you use?

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Amazon EC2 review by <span>Adam W.</span>
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Best Performance in the Market

What do you like best?

Amazon AWS grants you a free trial which enough to try their cloud platform free for 1 year that includes the EC2 platform. the EC2 platform allows you to Create servers instantly with a lot of customization options for ones need.there are a lot of server locations all around the globe with multiple servers locations in reach country which help you to select the nearest and fastest server for you and thus increasing the connection speed. they also give API access to every severs which is a great feature looking from the developer's point of view. the security provided by Amazon is really incredible, each virtual cloud is private cloud which is isolated from other ones and encrypted for privacy. the performance of the servers are incredible, they are extremely fast, I run a PHP script in their server for almost one month continuously at a high CPU rate, the program only crashed ones in the whole period, which is great considering the specifications of the server. the support is also great, they are there to help 24/7 to any query starting with the setup. the live chat option is really great very responsive.

What do you dislike?

the pricing after the trial can be a burden for a normal user even thou you could go for long-term plans and save on server costs. the interface is too complicated, there are a lot of options and really hard to navigate through.

Recommendations to others considering the product

they got a free trial, try yourself and decide.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing and testing applications on the cloud server.

Amazon EC2 review by <span>Ira h.</span>
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One of the Best Cloud Service

What do you like best?

the pricing is really great, I mean it's really affordable. in fact, i got a one-year free trial with Amazon and find its performance really impressive. the servers are pretty fast and respond really fast. another great thing about Amazon cloud platform is the security provided, not only to the account but to the data as well. they do regular backups and keep your data safe in case of a server fail and i find it really useful as a developer. amazon's customer support is great, they have live chat option and responds to your queries in seconds. not just they respond but are also technically capable of fixing your issues within minutes. they provide servers in multiple operating systems all across the globe so you could choose according to what you need. there are also a wide variety of servers available from you could choose what best suits your need.

What do you dislike?

the user interface is really confusing, I mean there are a lot of stuff and features in there that you could easily get lost. i personally find it really hard to navigate through the site.

Recommendations to others considering the product

its one of the most popular and best service out there. must try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running virtual machines and develope your applications

Amazon EC2 review by <span>Sabitha M.</span>
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Experience with Amazon Elastic Compute cloud

What do you like best?

The best with Amazon EC2 is running the instances on cloud without purchasing hardware , use the instance as required , stop the instances and terminate once work is done. This is the best service offered by Amazon to invest on Infrastructure based on the need and pay for the usage. Selection Operating system has been made easy for EC2 based on Amazon machine images. User can select preferred operating systems e.g Windows,Linux flavors like RHEL,Ubuntu,SuseLinux, CentOs, WIndows of different versions 2012, 2016 . Another best feature to amazon ec2 is through private key. And this private key is unique and with respect to the user. No other user can be able to login to the others ec2 instances without key. It is safe to keep applications up and running.

Storage volumes will be deleted when ec2 instance is stopped. Data cant be retrieved or given for other users unlike desktops or laptop one can retrieve data. Data is stored in Elastic block Storage where retrieval of data would be faster when compared to block level storage. User can extend storage and compute capacity just by editing the Instance action. User can easily navigated through user interface provided by AWS which is easily understandable. Security groups is best feature for amazon ec2 to restrict access from outside world. User can provide list of IP for inbound access and outbound is by default to internet. User can specify which protocol,IP and ports to access EC2 instances

Users can recognize their EC2 through tags. 50 tags can be applied to one instance and uniquely filtered for patching through configuration tools

What do you dislike?

Key can not be updated once EC2 is started and in running state. To update new key user has to terminate the instance and apply or he can use cloud formation template.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommended for people who wants to reduce the cost on Infrastructure and without physical machines and waiting for long procurement procedure for hardware and accessories of hardware

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has solved infrastructure problem

Easy to restrict access through Security Groups

East to assign roles for instances so that give permissions to instances

Easy to add more storage and compute capability in seconds without waiting for physical hardware

Amazon EC2 review by <span>Spiros P.</span>
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EC2 for stateless Wordpress

What do you like best?

- Easy to setup and work with

- Can auto-scale horizontally with minimum configuration and based on metrics (e.g. number of requests being received, CPU load etc.)

- CloudWatch dashboards is great for end-to-end application monitoring

What do you dislike?

- The Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) frontend to the EC2 instances is flaky. It is not mentioned clearly that the load balancer needs to be "pre-warmed", as per Amazon lingo, in order to accommodate spikes in traffic, which is counter-intuitive and, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of having auto-scaling in the first place.

- As far as auto-scaling goes,

- Expensive, unless you opt for the spot instances option

- Pricing is very complicated to communicate to clients

- Tech support is not included unless one opts for a plan

Recommendations to others considering the product

The major thing to consider is the behaviour of your application: are backend services required to respond to heavy spikes in network requests or to continuous, smooth traffic? My view is that for the latter, EC2 can be a great choice. However, be prepared to explain the complicated cost structure to your clients as well as potentially face high usage costs, depending always on your use case.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The goal was to have a stateless Wordpress installation, as described in the "WordPress: Best Practices on AWS" whitepaper (https://d0.awsstatic.com/whitepapers/wordpress-best-practices-on-aws.pdf). Although we followed the guide to the letter, the end result was frankly disappointing, mostly due to performance issues with the ELB and EFS.

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