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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is elastic infrastructure. Your org does not have to invest in in-house data centers and staff to manage the hardware. AWS EC2 provides elastic cloud environment to run lot of this. Price is reasonable and AWS has lot of h/w s/w design pattern to design a reliable software application and run it in a resilient environment.
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IBM PowerVM

PowerVM is well suited for virtual machines that need access to high performance and reliability.It may be over engineered for smaller applications. However, if the infrastructure is in place you can utilize it to run Linux VMs as well.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
IBM PowerVM
10.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
IBM PowerVM
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
IBM PowerVM
10.0
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.0
IBM PowerVM
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
IBM PowerVM
10.0
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
IBM PowerVM
10.0

Pros

  • It's a very easy task to fire up an EC2, even for first-timer education. Launch a free account, pop into EC2, and follow the prompts.
  • Snapshots and Images are particularly nice, fast and easy to work with. I've had my entire catalog erased by mistake, and been able to restore content within minutes.
  • Access to data is right there - you have root access to your virtual machine, no clunky interfaces, no negotiation with hosts for resources.
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  • PowerVM does the best job of allocating cores to VMs and allowing configuration to which you can prioritize VMs and allow VMs to borrow from shared pools.
  • PowerVM allows one to configure VMs to optimum software licensing needs.
  • PowerVM provides insight to specific VM performance and utilization.
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Cons

  • EC2 is quick to launch, but ends up being an unnecessarily complex rabbit hole. Most users on EC2 are attempting to accomplish the same goals: host content with close to 0 fault tolerance. I want people to be able to buy my stuff. I should be able to one-click a load balancing and autoscaling package for my existing EC2 instance that will scale resources in proportion to my incoming sessions and corresponding usage. Instead, setting up advanced EC2 features ends up requiring an expert to accomplish functions which should be readily available.
  • Usage-based billing sounds like you may be getting the best value, but understand that Amazon is not losing money on hosting, and costs are no longer entirely predictable. Cents for data piles up quickly and once you get load balancing up with a influx of customers, your finance department comes at you waving your budget around...
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  • We have yet to upgrade VIOs from 2.2.0 to 2.2.3 which will provide the more GUI centric management, however, making the VIO servers easier to manage would be one area. I think this is done with the latest versions of HMC and PowerVM.
  • More real-time and historical performance reporting.
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Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)10.0
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Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
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Support

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)3.0
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I have faced that level of support.Our many query were unanswered for few days and costed us a lot.
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Alternatives Considered

DigitalOcean and Heroku are two other leading competitors to the EC2 in terms of the type of instances they offer.Digital Ocean:Their Droplet service is equivalent to EC2 instance.Their droplet's offer a low cost, no non-sense alternative to EC2. They are geared more towards hobby/student developers with limited options at considerably lower cost compared to EC2. The reason we choose EC2 is because rest of the ecosystem is tied in with AWS.Heroku:Its geared towards the same crowd as DigitalOcean but they offer a wider suite of applications similar to the AWS offerings. The Heroic shines in offering build packs that recognize the type of application automatically and take care of deployments. The reason we picked EC2 apart from the AWS tie in is because last time I checked, I didn't find Heroku suitable for setting up Databases.
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Our company utilizes VMware and PowerVM. VMware is very user friendly from an IT support view and makes supporting Windows OS easier. PowerVM is moving in that direction. PowerVM is better in that you can prioritize workloads across different VMs and be granular in your reservation of cores and virtual CPUs. PowerVM allows you to modify VM characteristics while the VM is up and running
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Return on Investment

  • At previous businesses we wouldn't have been able to run our infrastructure reliably without EC2. No more hour-long downtimes because Verizon decided to change our server's IP address without warning.
  • On the CI project, EC2 allowed us to iterate quickly and scale the CI tool on demand, without having the massive upfront cost of setting up our own server farm.
  • EC2 also allows us to easily spawn development machines when we need to connect mobile apps to a development backend, letting us iterate more quickly with partners.
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  • It has provided the performance we need during month end and year end closing cycles.
  • It has been very reliable with little to no downtime.
  • We have been able to stretch our IT dollars because the refresh rate on IBM Power can run for years. Also, we have been able to add many more VMs to physical machines than other platforms can run.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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

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