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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

I've found that while EC2 and AWS might mean initially more setup than purchasing compute resources through a reseller it makes life much easier down the line as you have more control over your instances and other resources. This also ends up that it will cost more dev time up front but less money in comparison.It's also possible to fine-tune your AWS spending whereas I've found this difficult with AWS resellers in the past.
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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)
7.9
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

  • Best in performance
  • Offers so much customization and security measures
  • Very cost effective
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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

  • I would say mostly in documentation. Things can be really complicated to try to learn from their existing documentation.
  • Lambda should offer more simple tools for retainage rules for automated backups.
  • Amazon SES should have a built in dashboard for tracking emails instead of making you use the API to develop your own.
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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

We selected EC2 because of the maturity of the platform, the ease of deployment and the completeness of Amazon's vision. EC2 by itself, stacks up rather evenly with the competition. Where AWS as a whole excels is in the integration. While you may start with EC2 instances, the fantastic DB management of RDS makes managment of active databases significantly easier, Route52 DNS is cheap and works well, but their best additional services would have to be the variety of storage options.
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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

  • Can easily spin up/down servers when needed
  • So many resource choices.
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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