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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

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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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

Excellent if you have an Azure-based shop. Links well with existing Azure apps. Being able to train my models in Python and use them from C# and Java provides the best of all worlds, allowing scientists, engineers and business people to work together.
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Pros

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

  • You can get several common packages including keras, pytorch and tensorflow setup within an environment ready to code on any AWS instance which saves time
  • Great for virtual applications that helps communicate between various pieces of software
  • Not need to worry about compatibility or any major aspects of setup e.g. GPU configuration
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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

  • Clear documentation
  • Good support from Microsoft team
  • Directed graph visualization
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Cons

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

  • Needs better community support
  • Would be good to have CNTK on-prem
  • Provide more extensibility and customizability
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Usability

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Documentation was concise and clear
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Support Rating

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Microsoft team were helpful. However, more community support and user base would help much more
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

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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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

Smaller community in using CNTK. Good if you have existing Azure stack.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

  • It has made our Data Science/ Machine Learning Courses easier to manage/ need less human input therefore allowing us to increase the cohort size for this degree
  • It has unified a lot of technologies reducing the load on our IT team
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Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

  • Allow chatbot service to work through RNN for NLP
  • Good pairing with Azure stack
  • Reduced training time with documentation
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Pricing Details

Amazon Deep Learning AMIs

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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