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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is really standing out when a team is committed to the AWS stack and wants to deploy production jobs on the long term. Reserved instances have competitive pricing and in general the reliability is guaranteed. Spot EC2 instances are also good, when a one-time backfill or feature generation workload needs to be performed.For users who want to use a managed service, for example a Hadoop platform, I would recommend going with Cloudera and similar companies to get the best support possible.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines works extremely well with on-premise Hyper-V based virtual machines as Azure and Hyper-V, both are Microsoft product. There is also an option to migrate the complete on-premise VM to the Azure cloud and then create a virtual machine out of it.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
Azure Virtual Machines
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.1
Azure Virtual Machines
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.3
Azure Virtual Machines
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.4
Azure Virtual Machines
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.8
Azure Virtual Machines
Monitoring tools
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
Azure Virtual Machines
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.9
Azure Virtual Machines
Operating system support
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.3
Azure Virtual Machines
Security controls
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.7
Azure Virtual Machines

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Azure Virtual Machines
9.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Azure Virtual Machines
10.0
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Azure Virtual Machines
9.0
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Azure Virtual Machines
10.0
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Azure Virtual Machines
7.0
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Azure Virtual Machines
9.0

Pros

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • EC2 has wide variety of machine configurations. If the intended solutions are memory heavy, CPU heavy, GPU heavy or IO heavy, EC2 will provide proper machine configurations as per the requirements.
  • EC2 has lot of Machine Images to setup OS and required softwares. It also allows you to create the image of your own disk. This facilitates user to stop the EC2 instance without loosing the work. It helps to reduce the bill. The image can be attached again to EC2 to start from the same place from where it was left.
  • Amazon allows different way to obtain instances like on-demand, spot and reserved. Depending upon the need, one can take wise decision to save cost and address the situation in the best possible way.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Azure managed disks have excellent read/write operations.
  • VNET and VNET gateway provided networking and routing ability for the VM traffic.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • The UI of AWS is quite hard to familiarize with, along with the infrastructure setup. It's a conglomeration of hundreds of acronyms specific to AWS that must be understood including their minutiae to effectively run a cloud deployment. While AWS' documentation is extensive, their beginner-focused guides could use work.
  • Instances become incredibly hard to manage after a critical mass, forcing companies to create their own management applications to fill the void that AWS leaves. Along with this, AWS' SDKs can be very poorly documented making this task exponentially more difficult.
  • If you lose your SSH key that is released with the creation of the instance, you lose complete access to the server. While I understand the reasoning behind this decision, MFA recovery would be a nice touch.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Provisioning of the VM becomes slow while adding a customized script.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 9.0
Based on 10 answers
AWS's support is good overall. Not outstanding, but better than average. We have had very little reason to engage with AWS support but in our limited experience, the staff has been knowledgeable, timely and helpful. The only negative is actually initiating a service request can be a bit of a pain.
Patrick Plaisance | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Be it customer service, or technical support or anything related to the documentation, Azure supports works really well.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

AWS EC2 is the mainstay of several AWS tools, with CodeBuild that includes AWS Cloud9, and CodePipeline, which allow us to work quickly, efficiently, for all the work team, regardless of whether it is remotely or locally, always keeping the progress saved in the cloud. With Lambda it can be compiled at any time in a fast way, with AWS WAF we protect the different connections, since it provides a high level of security, without having to configure too much, in general all the tools work perfectly with EC2, speeding up the development time of the different projects
Winston Mendes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines are much more efficient with respect to the scalability options and the pricing model being offered to the end-users.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • Instance procurement time has become negligible with EC2. Any developer can provision an instance very quickly and companies can move towards automation of CI/CD pipelines and auto provisioning of EC2s.
  • Companies do not have to spend money in managing infrastructures, data centers, staff to manage these, networking, connectivity etc. All this will be taken care by AWS and EC2 can be used to run your enterprise softwares and custom applications.
  • If not correctly monitored EC2 prices can run up very quickly. So proper monitoring has to be in place in your organization. Non-prod and dev EC2 servers should be brought down in evening and night.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure Virtual Machines

  • The pay as you go model helps saves cost.
  • We segregate the virtual machines in different resource groups and hence can setup auto shutdown as per their type and requirement.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

General

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

Azure Virtual Machines

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
Azure Virtual Machines
9.0

Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
10.0
Azure Virtual Machines

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.0
Azure Virtual Machines
10.0

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