Amazon Deep Learning AMIs vs. UpCloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon Deep Learning AMIs
Score 8.7 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
UpCloud
Score 8.1 out of 10
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UpCloud is a global cloud hosting company from Finland boasting fast cloud servers on an hourly billed infrastructure-as-a-service. Their IaaS services include MaxIOPS block storage, their Simple backup service, SDN services, and resource isolation via the company's private cloud services, or hybrid cloud services as well.N/A
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Deep Learning AMIs
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Ratings
UpCloud
6.0
1 Ratings
30% below category average
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Dynamic scaling00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Elastic load balancing00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Pre-configured templates00 Ratings2.71 Ratings
Monitoring tools00 Ratings6.41 Ratings
Pre-defined machine images00 Ratings4.51 Ratings
Operating system support00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Security controls00 Ratings5.51 Ratings
Automation00 Ratings5.51 Ratings
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User Ratings
Amazon Deep Learning AMIsUpCloud
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
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User Testimonials
Amazon Deep Learning AMIsUpCloud
Likelihood to Recommend
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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UpCloud
If you're looking for a cost-effective solution then this is a good choice, be sure to keep on top of your balance! The 100% uptime is also a nice addition, although not unique in a cloud hosting service.
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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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UpCloud
  • Pricing
  • Ease of use - super easy to manage existing servers and deploy new ones
  • Great customer service
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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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UpCloud
  • The billing reports are quite hard to read, could be simplified
  • A control panel function would be useful
  • The re-billing process could be better, not so cut throat if you miss a payment!
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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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UpCloud
We trialed UpCloud to see if it would be better than DigitalOcean but for our needs, it was not. On DigitalOcean once a droplet is created, almost no thought needs to go into maintenance, outages, or other reliability-based issues.
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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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UpCloud
  • The low cost means you don't really need to worry about pricing
  • To us as a business it was not as useful as DigitalOcean
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