Amazon Deep Learning AMIs vs. Amazon SageMaker

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon Deep Learning AMIs
Score 8.8 out of 10
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AMIs are Amazon Machine Images, virtual appliance deployed on EC2. The AWS Deep Learning AMIs provide machine learning practitioners and researchers with the infrastructure and tools to accelerate deep learning in the cloud, at scale. Users can launch Amazon EC2 instances pre-installed with deep learning frameworks and interfaces such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, Apache MXNet, Chainer, Gluon, Horovod, and Keras to train sophisticated, custom AI models, experiment with new algorithms, or to learn new…N/A
Amazon SageMaker
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Amazon SageMaker enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. Amazon SageMaker removes all the barriers that typically slow down developers who want to use machine learning.N/A
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9.0
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User Testimonials
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Amazon AWS
Amazon AMIs has been very useful for the quick setup and implementation of deep learning for data analysis which is something I have used the service for in my own research. We commonly use the service to enable students to run intensive deep learning algorithms for their assessments. This service works well in this scenario as it allows students to quickly set up a suitable environment and get started with little hassle. If you are looking to run simple, surface level deep learning algorithms (kind of contradictory statement I know) then AMI is more complicated than most will need. When it comes to teaching the basics of Machine Learning, this kind of system is unnecessary and there are other alternatives which can be used. That being said this service is a must if you are looking to run complex deep learning via the cloud.
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Amazon AWS
Amazon SageMaker is a great tool for developing machine learning models that take more effort than just point-and-click type of analyses. The software works well with the other tools in the Amazon ecosystem, so if you use Amazon Web Services or are thinking about it, SageMaker would be a great addition. SageMaker is great for consumer insights, predictive analytics, and looking for gems of insight in the massive amounts of data we create. SageMaker is less suitable for analysts who do generally "small" data analyses, and "small" data analyses in today's world can be billions of records.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • Setting up environment
  • Support for different types of machines
  • Perfect for Machine Learning / Deep Learning use cases
  • Nvidia / Cuda / Conda support easily
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Amazon AWS
  • Provides enough freedom for experienced data scientists and also for those who just need things done without going much deeper into building models.
  • Customization and easy to alter and change.
  • If you already are an Amazon user, you do not need to transition over to another software.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • Some aspects of the User Interface are quite confusing and activating packages can be a bit convoluted
  • It can be a bit confusing to switch between frameworks for novice users
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Amazon AWS
  • The UI can be eased up a bit for use by business analysts and non technical users
  • For huge amount of data pull from legacy solutions, the platform lags a bit
  • Considering ML is an emerging topic and would be used by most of the organizations in future, the pipeline integrations can be optimized
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
Both of these services provide similar functionality and from my experience both are top class services which cover most of your needs. I think ultimately it comes down to what you need each service for. For example Amazon DL AMIs allows for clustering by default meaning I am able to run several clustering algorithms without a problem whereas IBM Watson Studio doesn't provide this functionality. They both provide a wide range of default packages such as Amazon providing caffe-2 and IBM providing sci-kitlearn. My main point is that both are very good services which have very similar functionality, you just need to think about the costs, suitability of features and integration with other services you are using.
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Amazon AWS
Amazon SageMaker comes with other supportive services like S3, SQS, and a vast variety of servers on EC2. It's very comfortable to manage the process and also support the end application by one click hosting option. Also, it charges on the base of what you use and how long you use it, so it becomes less costly compared to others.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • Saves a lot of Infra Costs
  • Saves a lot of time in handling environment issues
  • Easy to start a new instance
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  • We have been able to deliver data products more rapidly because we spend less time building data pipelines and model servers.
  • We can prototype more rapidly because it is easy to configure notebooks to access AWS resources.
  • For our use-cases, serving models is less expensive with SageMaker than bespoke servers.
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