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Amazon EC2

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 Administrator in Computer Software
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"Great service for distributing servers"

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Amazon EC2 review by Jay M.
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"Best Compute and Elastic Engine"

What do you like best?

It helps to reduce cost of physical hardware costs, and IT management costs. We can deploy the servers in minutes. The main advantage of this is that it charges on the basis of per second billing so that we dont get much charged also. Also the machine can be scaled up and scaled down easily.

What do you dislike?

The main disadvantage of the EC is that there is no option to connect EC2 instance from AWS Console directly. And also I think if I am newbie in EC2 then it gets sometimes difficult to understand its documentation. You can take someone's help can easily learn that instead of docs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very cost effective with different On-Demand, Spot Instances & Reserved Instance. And most important of all it comes with Amazon's Security and Reliability.

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

Amazon EC2 was very helpful in removing existing Physical In House server with Cloud based Scalable Virtual machines that is available all the time. It did not only reduced the h/w work but also stress of maintaining them by our IT team.

What Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution do you use?

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Amazon EC2 review by Andrei V.
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"Computation resources in the cloud"

What do you like best?

EC2 provides a diverse and flexible tool and interface to allocate and use various types of computational resources. It is kind of cheap to rent a super computer power for a hour comparing with buying a powerful server to perform a hour of heavy computations. Isn't it? Amazon EC2 allows to utilize pay as you go principle applied to cloud computations.

What do you dislike?

There are too many elements and it is almost impossible to explore and use them all, and then correctly terminate every tiny separate part of them.

It is easy to overlook and miss some small elements while terminating complex systems and only billing will inform of that elements via charging for them

Recommendations to others considering the product

EC2 is a stable and steadily developing platform that is updated with new features regularly.

That thing considered - do not hesitate to apply for Amazon's free tier that will provide 12 month access to explore ec2.

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

I am using EC2 for virtualization and for short gigs and projects that do not last long and used mostly just for testing this or that feature. It is also good to use nvidia GPU instances at EC2 for heavy calculations.

Amazon EC2 review by Sujitha S.
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"Hands down the easiest cloud platform"

What do you like best?

The accessibility and the robust nature of AWS in general is the best part of it. AWS has clear documentation that gives step by step procedure and even error troubleshooting options. As a novice learner I found it to be extremely useful and easy to access. Plus I LOVE THE 1 YEAR FREE TRIAL that helps us learn it without spending so much money.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the complex GUI interface. Having worked in AZURE before I felt that it was a bit more complicated to access few things although the implementation was pretty much simple. I think AWS should work more on its design and make things even more clear on the portal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have any doubts or errors immediately learn the documentation that amazon provides for aws rather than any other online source. Its simply the best straightforward option there is.

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

We are trying to deploy several EC2 instances, learn load balancing concepts and create databases that will store employee details in the cloud. We have also programmed ALEXA and AWS together. We are now able to access the billing information, EC2 instances health monitoring just by asking few programmed questions to alexa which will collect detail and answer the information present in the portal.

Amazon EC2 review by Apurv P.
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"AWS EC2 Review"

What do you like best?

AWS EC2 provides scalable compute capacity on Amazon Web Services Cloud. The good thing about EC2 is it provides per-configured templates for instances, known as Amazon Machine Images. User can save the machine image, make a replica of image etc. EC2 provides various configuration of CPU, Memory Storage and networking capacity. EC2 comes with free tier, after which user has to pay per hour.

What do you dislike?

EC2 is very expensive once user exceed free tier limit. User has pay additional charges for storage on the instance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

AWS EC2 is capable of providing huge compute capacity and eliminates your need to invest in hardware up front, so you can develop and deploy applications faster.

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

We created hadoop clusters on ec2. we used 3 slave instances and 1 master instance. We have used this to run various distributed computing such as word count on large data etc.

Amazon EC2 review by Shyamal S.
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"Best Compute Engine and Cost effective"

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 is a compute engine for cloud which can be integrated with your web app and can be used for computing.It provides linux interface and supports almost all types of programming languages so that you can use it more flexibly.The services through ec2 can be launched when required which is a great thing.It has many other best functionalities like secured,scalable and cost effective.The cost is calculated on the resources used and so you pay only for what you use so it is very much cost effective.

What do you dislike?

I have been using amazon ec2 for almost all of my projects as a compute engine and serving best backend for my webapps and services,so I have nothing to dislike about ec2.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend using amazon ec2 instance for computation requirements as a backend cloud service for your web apps.It is having linux interface and can be easily integrated into your app.Also it has support for a variety of programming languages which can be used as a backend service.It is also supports usage of GPU for your compute engine and also it is cost effective because you have to pay only for the resources you use or being used by your webapp or service so I recommend using amazon ec2.

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

I am using amazon ec2 for almost all my projects as a compute engine as a backend service to my projects.It has linux interface and can be remotely accessed from anywhere.Also if the project requires minor computation then it is almost free so it is cost effective and this is one of the reason for using ec2 instance for computing.

Amazon EC2 review by Nicholas M.
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"Flexible, unlimited but somewhat confusing to implement at first."

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 allows you to easily scale and use cloud servers to host your code / servers. We used it as a place to host websites along with preform various tasks and computing that we could have running in on a server. The simplicity of being able to spin up an instance makes using AWS EC2 that much better.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve for using AWS EC2 is pretty high considering that you practically need to become dev-ops yourself. This means that you must take care of updating and maintaining the code within the server yourself which could get annoying

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your company is looking to easily implement servers with minimum cost and application than AWS EC2 is the way to go!

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

Hosting servers is expensive and unreliable if you do it yourself. Amazon Web Services EC2 allows us to use servers without having to worry about up-time or maintaining a server block.

Amazon EC2 review by Joshua R.
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"Good Business Oriented VPS"

What do you like best?

EC2 is cost effective and allows me to manage servers easily, once a few concepts are in place. The ability to take snapshots of my servers and replicate them quickly allows me to make server-breaking changes without losing progress, and I can replicate servers at the drop of a hat.

What do you dislike?

AWS wraps network concepts with their own UI conceits, if you're not familiar with the base concept, you won't have an easier time with theirs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

EC2 is part of an ecosystem of AWS services and you won't find it easy to integrate it with other things. You'll be strongly incentivized whether you desire to or not, to move things onto AWS that are not easily removed from there.

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

We hosted our website from EC2 for a while, now we host a couple command&control servers for managing the containerized version, in addition the containers themselves are hosted on ec2 instances.

Amazon EC2 review by Steven D.
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"My preferred cloud provider"

What do you like best?

We use AWS for cloud processing for some of our genetic data when our servers are overloaded. We like the availability of the EC2 cloud, and have several AWS certified engineers in the office so it is a great fit. Having an On-Demand server when needed keeps our costs down as we don't need to buy hardware that ends up idling.

What do you dislike?

AWS is extremely complex. Over time this has improved, but the sheer volume of services that exist in the AWS ecosystem makes it hard to get started, if you don't have experience. EC2 on its own isn't that bad -- but the technology constantly evolves as services are added and these are sometimes needed to be able to efficiently use the EC2 service (S3, EBS, Elastic Network, etc). Therefore this complexity does affect your experience with the EC2 instances. Plus a lot of work is done through the web console (which is crazy complex given all the services Amazon has created).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are willing to do the work to familiarize yourself with all that AWS has to offer, you will maximize your efficiency and costs with EC2. This is well worth the time investment, IMO.

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

Overflow computing without the need for buying additional hardware.

Amazon EC2 review by Lynn T.
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"Excellent tool for quickly deploying development environments"

What do you like best?

Instances can be turned on and off at will, saving money for those projects that have a lot of start and stop in them. The lambda automatice backups make it very easy to create a recovery procedure. And creating new instances from an existing instance AMI is awesome when we need to create a duplicate project.

What do you dislike?

The admin panel can be confusing to navigate if you ever decide to go beyond the things you already know. And the billing dashboard is a nightmare if you want to try figuring out where your costs are. The costs are also confusing and would be better if they could tie costs per instances or even per client.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend time watching tutorials on billing and the dashboard

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

Development for 3rd party clients . . . we've been able to build them scalable systems that are easily migrated to a live platform without having to find OS related issues during migration. We are also going to use EC2 for easily deployed platforms for a new SaaS software we are releasing. The ability to automate most of the deployment is a pretty big deal also.

Amazon EC2 review by David H.
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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

Amazon EC2 review by Steve E.
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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.

Amazon EC2 review by Adam W.
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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 Ira h.
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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 Mithun M.
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"Best IaaS platform for reasonable rate"

What do you like best?

1. Ability to configure the server with whatever I need.

2. Admin access.

3. Load balancer and scalability

4. Auto-scale instances (can disable auto-scale whenever I don't need)

5. Support for FTP like FileZilla

What do you dislike?

1. Setting it up is tedious. (Get public/private key, SSH using Putty etc.)

2. Difficult to understand at first about how it calculates instance hours.

3. Difficult to use Docker (need to use ECS service to deploy using Docker, cannot do it without that)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be aware of the initial setup procedure - It is time consuming. Also, try GCP PaaS if that satisfies your need, if not and you need IaaS then EC2 is the best you can get in market right now.

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

1. Getting rid of server rooms.

2. Enhanced scalability

3. IAM management provided out of the box by AWS

Amazon EC2 review by Sabitha M.
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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 Spiros P.
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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.

Amazon EC2 review by KEHINDE A.
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"Best Virtual Private Computer Service Ever"

What do you like best?

Easy to set up, Stable IP, high Speed bandwidth and high security level.

What do you dislike?

To be frank, nothing really, just that I do not like the way I have to regenerate the login user ID each time I shut down the Virtual computer. Aside that, every other things are fine by me.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend EC2, with it you can get a lot done. For instance, you can have a powerful server that serves you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can start by testing it out with their free tiers and then upgrade whenever you wanted.

You do not have to create another instance in other to upgrade as all you needed to do is to adjust the configuration of your system to a desired set and the effect is instant.

You can have up to 8GB Virtual RAM, and you can have far more than that. It all depends on you.

Finally, it is pay as you go. If you are using it to manage a software like me all you have to do is to put it on when you needed it and put it off when you no longer need it. Note that, you only pay for what you use.

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

Running of Software, File Backup, Sending emails and testing applications.

Amazon EC2 review by Julian A.
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"Best cloud service"

What do you like best?

- Easy to manage

- There are a lot of tools to see the health of the virtual servers

- Support is great

- There are a lot of documentation online

- Availability Zones

- It's a great company.

What do you dislike?

- It could be cheaper.

- there is a lot of terminology that you could be confused

- Support in languages other than English

- I like this service. There are not things that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the trial versions.

Go to AWS summits to meet with awesome people

Get any AWS certifications

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

We have almost all our Infra on-premise, that means that we need to manage our virtualization stacks and networking. Amazon EC2 has allowed us to don't worry about those things and only think about our service.

Amazon EC2 review by Ryan E.
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"Powerful, Flexible and Affordable"

What do you like best?

The Elastic Compute Cloud on Amazon Web Services puts industry leading technology and unrivalled performance into the hands of any individual or business without demanding a fortune in the process. The ability to easily launch, scale and terminate instances and entire infrastructure all from the click of a button is reason itself for ditching traditional methods of hosting, and when combined with affordable and fair pricing, it really is hard to see past making use of the platform. The integration into other Amazon Web Services such as Route 53, CloudFront and S3 also make the Elastic Compute Cloud a no-brainer when deciding which cloud platform to use.

What do you dislike?

While being a fairly faultless platform, the Elastic Compute Cloud on Amazon Web Services does slightly suffer from a outdated administration panel, that, while providing all the features necessary, can be a little slow to react to instructions. Quite frankly, it just feels a little old fashioned. Of course though, this does little to detract from the overall benefits of using Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud and is definitely no more than a minor annoyance every now and then.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the free trial for a spin and see for yourself the power of the platform!

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

We began using Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud to host websites for our clients. We decided to use it for this because we needed on-demand scalability should our clients hosting needs expand, and also the flexibility to easily put new sites up and live within a matter of minutes. These benefits were quickly realised, as we hoped they would be, and since then we have also made use of the platform for hosting some of our internal infrastructure including an off-site Active Directory server.

Amazon EC2 review by User
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"Great tool for cloud computing and other cloud services"

What do you like best?

I did not know that cloud computing was this easily accessible until I used AWS EC2. I started as an amateur programmer and soon had to take on a project using cloud computing. Being intimidated by the term, AWS EC2 however had a small learning curve that got me comfortable with the tool fast and easily. And with all the Q&A threads in the community and good business support, you will likely have somebody to help you even if the problem is just to look at one line of code. The business support is really highly recommended and they will refund you if you don't use up the whole month's service. Also the cost explorer made it really easy to understand where the cost came from.

What do you dislike?

There really isn't anything particular that I didn't like about.

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

Trying to conduct mass computing that real machines might take too long to compute. Also try to build a web-based software application.

Amazon EC2 review by Dan O.
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"Advanced Webhosting at Your Finger Tips"

What do you like best?

Easy access to a vast array of configurable instance types at your finger tips across many different regions. Connects and is configurable by other AWS services, such as Cloudformation.

What do you dislike?

Cost, it's not cheap and it's easy to pickup a pretty high web-hosting bill. EC2 may scale, but my wallet will only stretch so far! The 'ready made' instances of things such as WHM/Cpanel & TableAU are not well maintained.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would reverse the question, why wouldn't you consider the cloud? For early stage small startup projects, the reasons are likely to be cost and complexity of setup. However, for corporate, you're probably best off heading straight to the cloud.

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

Reliable, multi-region web-hosting that is highly available. Ability to use a server to solve a regular complex problem for a short burst of time, and then turn it off to minimise cost.

Amazon EC2 review by Bablu J.
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"Easy setup and management"

What do you like best?

- Launch wizards for new users

- Security groups management for ec2 containers

- Extensive Documentation

- Very easy to use for a regular user

- Free trail is very useful for POC's and stuff like that. I used this for validating a small yet full fledged application deployment including RDS and codeDeploy (CD) including s3, security groups etc for free.

Please check the documentation for more details on the free tier though.

What do you dislike?

- While everything is pretty decent and amazing, the UI can be improved a lot. It still has the old days UI and while the services respond quick, the front end doesn't get well with the back end capabilities

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the free Trail products first to get yourself well versed with EC2 capabilities.

The documentation on aws web sites is extensive and very well structured. It helps a lot.

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

Deployment

Cluster management

Web application hosting

Amazon EC2 review by Chintan P.
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"Truely Elastic Comute Service"

What do you like best?

- Helps to reduce cost of physical hardware costs, and IT management costs.

- Can deploy servers within minutes

- Per second billing

- Quickly scale up & scale down instances

- Offers wide variety of instances ranging from General Purpose to Graphic Intensive

What do you dislike?

- No option to connect EC2 instance from AWS Console directly

- Documentation is bit difficult to understand for first time user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very cost effective with different On-Demand, Spot Instances & Reserved Instance.

Comes with reliability & security from AWS

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

Helped to replace existing Physical In House server with Cloud based Scalable Virtual machines.

Helped to reduce In House IT Cost for maintaining Physical server

Amazon EC2 review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"EC2 is lagging behind competitors in simplicity and functionality"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to spin up a virtual machine and making it functional. I especially like how large the AMI repository is, and how easy it is to deploy most appliances from the marketplace.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how tedious it can be to configure the networking side of my EC2 instances. I feel like Amazon has made this unnecessary complex because they wanted to make the solution as flexible as possible. When working with Azure networking in regards to virtual machines, it's much simpler to configure, stage, and manage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I feel that as of September of 2018, Microsoft Azure is the better cloud offering. It offers most of what AWS offers but makes it far easier to deploy and manage. It integrates better with your on-premise shop, especially if you're a Wintel shop. I think AWS was the market leader at first, but Azure is quickly catching up because it's just that much easier to work with. We maintain "clouds" in both AWS and Azure, and I'd much rather do something in Azure vs doing it in AWS.

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

We use AWS EC2 instances to solve a number of business challenge. The first challenge that we experience is that we want to easily be able to set up high availability sets of instances on a regular basis. AWS makes it incredibly easy to accomplish this goal while making the process easy to understand (as long as the networking is properly set up initially). Additionally, we have the need to ensure that in the event of a natural disaster, we can easily fail over our on-premise infrastructure to AWS to maintain business operations. AWS gives us several tools to allow us to do this.

Amazon EC2 review by User
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"Top class IaaS provider!"

What do you like best?

The fact is, AWS pioneered the IaaS model and they are by far the best in the market and still leading the pack. The built-in security features are best-in-class, the support team is great and they offer a wide variety of availability zones for each region.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit over whelming for a newbie to get up & running with this environment and it gives an impression, it’s really meant for cloud experts. You can easily get lost with the admin console and the billing is a bit confusing as well. They need to make it easy to consume and help people get quickly get started with things.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Overall it's a great solution for developers and businesses looking for moving their IT to the cloud. Ensure you have someone experienced in the team who is well versed with the EC2 admin console and the entire working of it or else, it can take much longer to get up & running. It’s usually a good idea to prepare yourself by watching YouTube tutorials and reading online documentation especially for billing and security topics.

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

We have two products that integrate with EC2 environment – one product helps our customers quickly deploy, use and evaluate our latest business solutions in AWS and the other product, helps our customers easily manage and operate their IT systems landscape in AWS using our AWS cloud manager.

Our largest customer base is using AWS and the seamless integration that we provide with AWS via our built-in cloud adapter provides unique value to our customers and we have received very positive feedback from our customers on the ease of deployment and ease of use.

Amazon EC2 review by Chandrakant S.
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"Custom hosting according to needs."

What do you like best?

It can make any type of server as the user needs, if user needs High ram memory and High CPU with Low storage memory it can be possible to make it. As it is on cloud it is fast, it is created in minutes and we can use it in very easy way. All hosting may be switch on Cloud one day in future i think. we can use and re-manage the resources as user needs it.

What do you dislike?

It require some expertise to make and manage the server on cloud and manage the resources and there is no proper information about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is no resources and knowledge about the cloud what it can be really do. Fear of High charges of usage as the technology is more superior and may vary in billing.

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

It is use to host the website and application online.

Amazon EC2 review by Iñigo S.
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"It is like VPS "

What do you like best?

The best thing is the flexibility that gives you the fact of being able to install the software you want. You can also choose the technical characteristics of the virtual machine. You have a lot of flexibility. It gives a lot of tranquility and security that the Amazon Web Services team is always available to solve any technical problem that may arise in the infrastructure. Companies like Netflix use Amazon Web Services to service their customers. You can request a free trial in an instance with some limits. I recommend trying it to decide if it is the best solution for your problems. Amazon web services gives many free conferences throughout the world. It is a good idea to attend to know their services.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the high cost, I think it is the most expensive provider. It is also true that it is the provider that gives the best service. It would be ideal if prices went down. Some of the terminology used by Amazon Web Services is a bit confusing at the beginning. It also requires becoming familiar with the name of its countless services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SLA

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

Virtual servers to implement web applications. You can choose the machine you want, and the operating system you want. There are with software already installed if you want. It's an excellent idea to migrate your OVH or DigitalOcean web applications to Amazon EC2 if you have a certain budget.

Amazon EC2 review by Pedro P.
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"Un gran servico"

What do you like best?

Lo mejor es saber que cuentas con una gran empresa que te respalda, y una gran atención al cliente. Amazon cuenta con lo mejor en infraestructuras de este tipo.

What do you dislike?

Lo que menos me gusta es el precio, es algo elevado en comparación con el resto.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Totalmente de acuerdo, la recomendación de Amazon es muy necesaria en todos los sentidos, primero porque la excelencia es absoluta, en segundo lugar porque cuando alguien te pregunta tu solo puedes decir si, es el producto que cualquiera necesita y tercero cuentas con el respalda de la gran compañía que se esfuerza dia tras dia en alcanzar el máximo desarrollo de su empresa y de todo lo que le rodea incluidos los clientes. Tanto es así que aunque le resulten mas caros los servicios que ofrecen tu siempre llegaras a ganar

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

Los beneficios son todos, desde que empiezas hasta que tienes cualquier tipo de problema.

Amazon EC2 review by Administrator
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"Instant cost and time savings"

What do you like best?

The agility in being able to autoscale my EC2 resources via alarms from CloudWatch. Tons of good AMIs to choose from. Dont have to stage on-prem hardware now to meet peak performance.

What do you dislike?

That EBS Volumes associated with the instances are not removed by default on EC2 termination. Additionally, i still feel the need to make sure my EC2 instances have successfully terminated due to previous failures on AWS side.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would definitely recommend Amazon EC2 for cases of varying performance requirements, as EC2's high-scalability will allow resources to be saved when not needed. Additionally, the ability for our team to focus on development in our own dedicated account has proven to be invaluable. We are able to reserve resources in seconds, which allows us to focus our time on building the application instead of setting it up.

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

Not having to stage hardware for peak performance. Leads to a large cost savings when performance requirements are low in non-peak times. EMR clusters (Collections of EC2s with Hadoop) also are a great way to use Hadoop in a hassle-free method (as AWS takes care of the setup and maintenance of the AMI).

Amazon EC2 review by Administrator
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"Great Cloud hosting alternative/Solution"

What do you like best?

Very quick to build new servers (no time spent on OS installs)

Ability to create snapshots (very easy to recover)

Protected by Amazon firewalls

Fairly easy to use UI

Good Knowledge base online

What do you dislike?

servers hosted on amd hardware, on occasion have ran into compatibility issues on windows server2012

Pricing is quite high

Highly recommend purchasing support package

Recommendations to others considering the product

Alot of visual guides online (such as youtube)

Level of support is just as expected from Amazon, really good.

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

Hosting custom apps on server (SQL Database/MFA)

Hosting VoIP system in cloud server instead of onsite VM

Hosting Web server

Backups and disaster recovery (currently hosting a DC on cloud in case local DC goes down)

Configured Direct Access (like vpn tunnel) so office network is linked to amazon network (devices can talk to each other even though on separate IP ranges)

Hosting File Share (which is backed up also)

Amazon EC2 review by Avinash M D.
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"Amazon EC2 Review"

What do you like best?

AMI template which defines operating environment, including the operating system.So deployment becomes easy and multiple instances can be launched at a time You can use auto scaling to scale the number of instances you are running up or down on demand, either manually or automatically.So that demands can be met during peak time. The cloud watch monitoring such as alarms , logs and monitoring are much useful .VPC can be created across zones so that the survival of the deployment is more. Ability to use different types of disk for I/O usage.Using simple storage to store files on the instances and the simple way to access them

What do you dislike?

Not enough monitoring tools . Need to know Amazon API to extend AWS capabilities.

It is important to note that AWS can allow you to recover fast when failure or high loads occurs.

Also If you misuse your resources, you will either pay more than you should. The way you will only know about improper resource usage is by properly monitoring all of your instances/deployments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

definitely yes . But know which Cloud computing will suit your needs better

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

We have observed that there are no down times and the space and electricity Used in DC is now channelled else where for efficiency .

There used to be different attacks on our servers when hosted at a Private DC . But observed that the attacks have become minimal and almost zero on our servers making us more to concentrate on other important works

Amazon EC2 review by Janaka B.
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"A Machine, without the Fuss"

What do you like best?

Renting out their retail platforms' idle capacity, Amazon started a really good thing.

Thanks to their initiative, we can now have as many computers as we want, without the overhead or frustration of purchasing, maintaining or troubleshooting them!

Quite fast to start-up and shut-down

Blazingly fast in-VM internet connectivity

Close integration with other AWS services - sometimes with free/reduced transfer costs

Ability to snapshot, image and relaunch, reproducing the exact past state of a machine

Tight security, auditing and thorough monitoring

Free tier allows you to run one EC2 instance for a complete year (no downtime)!

What do you dislike?

Having to update the security rules every time my public IP changes, in order to maintain continued access

Scarcity of useful base images below 4GB in size, hindering the efficient usage of the free storage (EBS) tier

Recommendations to others considering the product

Carefully consider the instance type you are going to deploy (hourly rate, network/disk performance, memory capacity etc). Overprovisioning and underprovisioning are both equally bad during the long run. Also try to utilize cheaper alternatives to reserved instances, such as bidding-based spot instances, for significant cost reductions

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

Hosting internal-use services that cannot be provisioned via serverless and other types of deployments

Performance testing of our product stacks, under exact reproducible conditions

Provisioning product demonstrations for prospective clients

Amazon EC2 review by Steven W.
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"The most correct way to use a virtual server"

What do you like best?

There are plenty of VM size options. The default security rules make it easy to keep the VM from being exposed to internet at large. In addition, you can then create security rules to apply to whole groups of VM's as need arises. Pricing seems reasonable.

What do you dislike?

The initial configuration is a little confusing. Like all AWS products, you see everything by datacenter. So if you want to see all deployed EC2 instances, you have to visit each zone separately. But that's typically an issue with any AWS product. There are a few odd limitations with regard to security ports/rules in terms of the number of rules per security group.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read up on best practices regarding security.

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

The ability to quickly size up and down machines. Keep costs down by only powering on VM's when needed. We can also keep environments easily locked within VPCs for greater security.

Amazon EC2 review by Tong (Tony) J.
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"EC2, run your application or server in cloud"

What do you like best?

Part of AWS ecosystem, easy to use and setup, a large range of instance sizes with different optimizations, high elasticity to scale up or down, multiple regions to ensure uptime.

What do you dislike?

Although there is a large selection of instance sizes, there is no true way to create a custom EC2 instance type.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think about splitting your services up and hosting them on different and potentially smaller EC2 instances so that they are less coupled, which helps with scaling a particular part of the system, and also improves reliability and ease of update.

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

A good way to host you server or run your application in cloud with reliability, elasticity and support, negating the need to setup your own hardware.

Amazon EC2 review by Jason L.
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"Incredible value for money"

What do you like best?

The price is unbeatable, and it's well known that Amazons server technology is the best available. I was attracted by the 12 month free hosting!! To be honest though, I deployed a few accounts in different locations to spread my websites around, and the regular price is so good anyway.

What do you dislike?

If your websites server load gets too strong, Amazon throttles the connections meaning that your website(s) goes down. This can happen with any host, but seems to be more of an issue with EC2 than I've seen elsewhere. Considering the capacity that Amazon have, I would prefer to see a temporary increase in capacity, with a warning about how to combat the issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have experience in server administration, this platform is probably wonderful, and an improvement over what you're using already. If you're like me, and not too technically minded, you might need a someone to help you, or face a time consuming learning curve.

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

I'm able to spread my personal and client websites in different locations to lower the risk of one issue affecting other databases. I can also have servers closer to where most traffic is located, reducing load time. Whilst anyone can create multiple accounts, its very easy with the Amazon dashboard and pricing.

Amazon EC2 review by Brian D.
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"EC2: Power Hosting for DIYers"

What do you like best?

AWS EC2 is the most generic and portable way to host your own web applications. I like that, by working directly with individual linux boxes, I don't have to worry about being tied to a particular cloud provider (not that AWS has given me any reason to switch!) Plus, there's nothing you can't run on an EC2 instance.

What do you dislike?

You forsake a lot of the bells and whistles that comes with more tailored cloud services like Elastic Beanstalk, Launching, configuring, and maintaining your EC2 instance comes with a fair bit of overhead.

Recommendations to others considering the product

First check and see if AWS offers a cloud service for whatever you're planning on using these EC2 boxes for. If you want to host a database, consider using their managed database services for example. EC2 is great for custom setups and cost-effective hosting but if your needs are relatively generic, you might save yourself some hassle by using a dedicated service.

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

We are hosting a public-facing web application and some internal workers/APIs on a medium-sized pool of EC2 instances. We use docker with a container orchestration system to manage these services. By running directly on EC2, we are able to utilize spot pricing which saves us 80-90% on our hosting costs.

Amazon EC2 review by Dani S.
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"Server micro-management for startup"

What do you like best?

Flexibility, quickness, usability and user feedback. You can feel like a powerful server admin without having to mantain any physical structure, and manage machines and instances within a fingertip. This product has became a revolution for us, because we can store our own images and deploy many of them for many clients with little changes or re-deploying, thus saving worker's time and making them able to focus on other tasks. EC2 to server management is like external production to in-house manufacturing!

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the instances are pricey or have network limitations that force us to make some workarounds, like relying on an external service. We've been deploying some windows machines over Azure because of the database limitations (roles, in fact). We've had no problem with unix/linux machines at all, but connections in-network between EC2 machines and RDS databases sometimes work slow regardless of the size.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Despite the price, is the most valuable and trusty solution of the cloud crowd (EC2, azure, Google) but If you are relying ONLY in windows machines, trust no other than Azure. If you're planning to build a powerful infrastructure, prepare your wallet.

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

Delivering and deploying machines and environments to clients in a very quick way. Before this, we had to rely on our own servers or some server farm and email communication. E2C is a revolution for our business model. Instead of packing clients in a physical server, we can size, allocate and address an instance for each of them depending on their particular needs.

Also, we don't have to buy and deploy expensive licenses for databases or serves, instead, we can charge our clients for the time they're using the instances. This is actually important for Oracle databases.

Amazon EC2 review by Matthew J.
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"Solid Hosting"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to choose between multiple size of servers and disk space. The networking a security stacks are also very well designed. Using Cloud Formation templates with EC2 makes it really easy to define and enforce policies.

What do you dislike?

Resizing an EC2 instance can be time consuming, I wish there was an easier way to resize an EC2 instance without having to backup and restore into a new configuration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a learning curve to get and running with AWS, but once you get the hang of some basic concepts EC2 will be a breeze.

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

Cost effecting hosting with the ability to grow based on size of project and need.

Amazon EC2 review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"The fastest way to get IT infrastructure in the cloud."

What do you like best?

You can build IT infrastructure in minutes, rather than buy, install and setup servers, operating systems, etc.

The configuration process is easy and intuitive. You only pay what you use and you can use small servers for free in order to train yourself on how to use the EC2 services. At the end you monitor and control your infrestructure using you cellphone any time anywhere..

What do you dislike?

The oficial documentation is not so easy to read and has just a few examples, but there are tons of information you can get using google or youtube,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazon was the first company to provide this kind of services and there are improving and adding more services around the cloud ecosystem. Try RDB services as well.

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

Setup complex applications in minutes without paying thousands of dollars in front.

Amazon EC2 review by Matteo T.
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"EC2 experience"

What do you like best?

Some of the best benefits of using Amazon EC2 is the reliability of the service. In over 5 years of use of the products we had never encountered a fail of any type, and the support is very fast. The best way to use it is integrating EC2 istances with other services of AWS like S3, RDS and Glacier for storage backup.

What do you dislike?

One of the hard thing is to predict the monhlty cost, because the bandwidth used is invoiced based on consumption and backup cost also follow the same mechanis so it's hard to predict.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Amazon EC2 for services where you want the maximum reliability and the cost oscillation is not a problem, not use for example for customer paying a fixed fee monthly.

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

We externalized some services like webhosting, we implemented some high end configuration like a web cluster with the load balancer provided by amazon, with a full integration with other AWS services like RDS, S3 and Glacier.

Amazon EC2 review by Natalia K.
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"One of the best virtual servers in the cloud"

What do you like best?

EC2 is reliable, quite secure, flexible and easy to start with. It provides an ability to scale your application without any hassle. EC2 lets you to choose the configuration of instances (memory, CPU, storage, etc), operating system and applications that best meet your needs. Elastic Load Balancing allows to distribute traffic between instances automatically, that is very useful for applications with a lot of traffic.

If you are new to this they have a free tier to try it for a year and a lot of documentation and tutorials.

What do you dislike?

It's worth noticing that it can become quite expensive if you are not careful enough, especially if you use it for personal projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's worth using it if you have an application that needs scaling or if you are planing to use other amazon services, however for a personal use it might be a bit expensive.

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

It works well with other amazon services, very easy to scale and manage.

Amazon EC2 review by Ian N.
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"Easy to use Cloud Solution"

What do you like best?

The ability to intelligently select the system and its attributes based upon the needs of your specific deployment. Allowing you to have a wide range of usefulness across the platform I have not seen in other solutions.

What do you dislike?

There is often a saying sometimes too much choice is a bad thing. Sometimes when reviewing the options and available features it can be a little daunting due to the sheer number of options that you are presented with. If you don't have a basic understanding of the Amazon Environment it may be confusing to the lamen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you go through some form of training to get the full benefit of the Amazon Ecosystem.

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

Scalability that is not available with an on premise solution. We have had the ability to migrate and move systems that were aging and failing to a new environment with little downtime for our end customers.

Amazon EC2 review by User in Computer Software
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"Best Host Service"

What do you like best?

Amazon comes with a command line interface in addition to the standard UI interface. The benefit of the CLI is that you can automate deployments using scripts inside your CI/CD deployment tools.

The auto-scaling feature is also amazing.

What do you dislike?

The pricing can get really expensive very quick depending on your needs. That is the price of using one of the biggest tools out there though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazon servers are location in the United States (For North America), if you have requirements to store your data elsewhere you should consider where you want your data to reside. Amazon will fulfill all your requirements and has good customer service, but you pay the price for these.

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

We use it to host our cloud based web applications and web services.

Amazon EC2 review by Rohit S.
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"Amazon EC2 "

What do you like best?

The ease of access for developers.

The ping rate that we get is awesome

Hosting on a dedicated IP

What do you dislike?

Some automation if they can be done it would be great. Too much of a manual process to install various softwares or to deplot it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can start with a free trial called 'Amazon EC2 Free Tier' for the first year.

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

Hosting anything on cloud can be solved by this. Be it literally anything we want. There is our own little Virtual PC on the cloud and we can do anything we want with it like we could with our own PC.

Amazon EC2 review by AYUSH V.
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"Best in class VPC. Very flexible to use with other Amazon services like Cloudwatch and DynamoDB."

What do you like best?

1. Simplicity - Adding SSH Keys and Auth part is super easy. I don't have to worry about managing Ops.

2. Design - Clean design helps me focus on one instance at one time. Appreciated.

3. The Billing system is flawless. Estimation is always helpful for us to decide things before hand.

What do you dislike?

Don't have much to say but yes , Increasing bandwidth size for cheaper instance will be fruitful for individuals. Also , More open source tools like SAM LOCAL would be appreciated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

1. Have an eye on blogs and docs before experimenting.

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

1. Scalability - Best in class EBE and Networking. Adding multiple sub domains is just two click away.

2. Maintenance - Easy and defined maintenance . Don't have to think twice before taking a backup.

Amazon EC2 review by Ayesha S.
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"AWS Ec2- Best in class"

What do you like best?

It's developer friendly. Has good documentation

Ping rate for nearby servers is awesome.

Has server in lots of locations over the world and giving dedicated IPs all over the world.

What do you dislike?

SSH and so much stuff needs to be done. If they provide something to clone our VMs there directly it would be awesome.

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

Whenever we need to host anything on the cloud, AWS EC2 is the thing we use as our solution. It's like our PC is on the world and cloud and as it's so easy to use we can deploy our apps easily there in a charm.

Amazon EC2 review by Sri Divya N.
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"Good Product"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to use and one does not need to know coding or software knowledge to start using EC2.

It is especially useful for companies who want continuous service for their products without worrying about losing their data and having blackouts.

What do you dislike?

It is a little confusing at first as to why we have to do certain stuff and have to add certain details.

The programming console could be better and compiling code could be made easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is very useful and easy to implement even by people new to it.

It gives me almost

The software developers out there should learn how to use it and should not dismiss it thinking it might be complicated. It s very easy to learn and implement for real life projects.

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

The business problem was to reduce the number of blackouts occurring for the deployed product. We have realized the objective with lesser cost and did not have to employ huge number of resources

Amazon EC2 review by Craig N.
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"A great service!"

What do you like best?

I have been a network engineer for over 20 years, and after working with AWS EC2, I have shifted my entire career track towards the cloud. Why pay for a hardware based server, which will cost up-front, then will require additional upfront costs every time you need to upgrade or have an issue? With EC2, you pay only for what you need, being able to expand on demand. Your server grows WITH you at a monthly cost, as in NO upfront fees. Now that is GOOD business financial responsibility :)

What do you dislike?

Nothing... I really have nothing to dislike. I guess I could try to say that I don't own the hardware, and my data is sitting in some physical location where I have no control over it, but that would be ridiculous as Amazon is going to have much, much nicer and more secure data centers than I could ever dream of affording.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Utilize other AWS services to get the best performance and price. As an example, you can get away with a lower tier server if you offload your database (MYSQL) services to RDS, your storage to S3 and your content delivery to CloudFront. Your server will ONLY be dealing with basic requests at that point, requiring much, much less processor and memory needs.

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

Upgrade costs, data center costs, disaster recovery costs... Myself & my clients have no upfront costs.

Amazon EC2 review by User in Internet
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"Easy enough to get going without being a DevOps specialist"

What do you like best?

Once you're familiar with the platform it's not terrible difficult to manage your applications server instances. And after you're familiar with the security lingo a lot of things make more sense, especially when it comes to security management.

What do you dislike?

I feel like the some cloudwatch metrics are missing or I haven't been able to find them. Such as memory usage. There's CPU and a dozen other metrics but I can't seem to find memory utilization. Maybe I'm off base here. In case I didn't mention, I'm not a DevOps specialist.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't throw a novice like myself in this space. It's an incredibly powerful tool. You can do a lot of good AND a lot of harm with the right/wrong practices. The platform isn't designed as a learning tool and there are few training wheels.

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

We're able to host a myriad of services all on AWS using all sorts of technologies and frameworks while managing/monitoring them all from one place.

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