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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 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.
Read full review Pros Setting up environment Support for different types of machines Perfect for Machine Learning / Deep Learning use cases Nvidia / Cuda / Conda support easily Read full review 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. Read full review Cons 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 Read full review 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 Read full review Alternatives Considered
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 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.
Read full review Return on Investment Saves a lot of Infra Costs Saves a lot of time in handling environment issues Easy to start a new instance Read full review 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. Read full review ScreenShots