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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

Linode

Linode is a self-managed platform, you get a VPS that you control, and you need to know what you're getting into. If you're comfortable as a system administrator then Linode is fantastic, but if you want a ready-to-go web host, Linode isn't your thing. But having true root access including the ability to deploy your own filesystem is amazing, and you aren't limited to what their backend tools want to offer.I did have issues with jitter when trying to run our VoIP platform on Linode, but admittedly my office's internet provider is not well connected to where Linode's servers are located. We had similar issues [with] other VPS providers until we went to a VoIP-specific provider.I wish they offered Windows Servers too, but I'm a minority there.
Dave Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

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

Linode

  • The documentation to get you started is very good. Detailed enough to get you off the ground and not too bulky to bog you down.
  • Pricing and Billing very clear and fair.
  • The Linode platform is not complicated. You are just shown what you need to see at any point in time.
Albert Mensah-Ansah | 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

Linode

  • SSH keys feature under 'My Profile' hasn't reached its potential, e.g. if you want to add more than one user to a machine during deployment.
  • A review of currently available support docs and updating them for the latest (stable) distros would be good.
Justin Ponce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 3 answers
I've been with them a long time. They provide me with the capabilities I need coupled with knowledgeable support that's not pay-for-extra.However, if I move to a non-Linux OS, the level of support by necessity will drop off. I can still ask questions about the infrastructure but I my ability to ask about OS features will decrease.
Anonymous | 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

Linode

Linode 8.7
Based on 5 answers
Linode is perfect for what it offers: The UI is a great start. Managing DNS is straightforward. The API is simple and well documented. Everything just works. The performance of the VMs is good and global coverage is more than sufficient for me. Private Layer 2 networking is the only feature I miss which would be really adding value.
Harald Kubota | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 1 answer
There is very little planned downtime. Whenever planned downtime is necessary I'm always given lots of advanced notice and an explanation that I can pass along to my users that they'll understand. I really appreciate that Linode appreciates my commitment to reliable service to my users. It shows that they believe they've been successful when I'm successful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Linode is an infrastructure provider issues related to performance are really on me. Linode provides a capable infrastructure and allows me to tailor performance of the services I provide to my customers to my specific situation. Linode allows me to implement "tweaks" that, from experience, I know will do the job with little risk without a whole bunch of static from idiot support 'droids who just get in the way ("this isn't supported at the present time").
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 9.2
Based on 12 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

Linode

Linode 8.5
Based on 128 answers
In fact, I've needed customer support in rare occasions. In those cases, service was pretty fast and adequate.I love when I get notified something is wrong at 3:00 am and by 3:30 am it was resolved with no notice by me or my customers.
Tiago Ameller Gomila | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 2 answers
I wish it hadn't taken as many iterations as it did. Some of it is my own fault and some of it was related to limitations imposed on me by the programming environment I chose to use. All in all, I'd say I did a pretty good job. I'd stack my homegrown spam defenses up against anyone's!
Anonymous | 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

Linode

We're moving from Bluehost. We've found Bluehost to be overpriced, underperforming, and with support that's quite bad. Their offerings are geared toward consumers and it shows. You'll be paying more for things that are really antifeatures, like big clunky Cpanel installs that require specific OS versions and frozen system packages. Absolutely nightmarish to maintain. Antique, opaque billing system. Ossified. Coasting. Just not a good match for us.
Linode is the polar opposite. SSDs are table stakes, everything is on-demand and can be sampled at will, support has been gracious and eager to assist with our migrations - it feels like a banquet of options built just for us.
For a long time whenever I was looking for documentation online, I would
end up on a DigitalOcean tutorial, but in recent years Linode has even
caught up there. I opted to try out Linode due to mindshare among community figures I respect, and once I gave it a shot I was hooked. Never felt the need to look anywhere else afterward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Linode

Linode 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Although I use only a fraction of their product offerings, the total set makes scalability an easy goal to shoot for. As I said, I have a few customers that use the services my Linode provides...and I like it that way. However, should I need to scale up, I can...without incurring any more cost than I need to.
Anonymous | 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

Linode

  • Competitive pricing was good for small to medium server needs (beyond the 32GB servers it becomes much more affordable to get dedicated servers elsewhere).
  • Network speeds gave good benefit to hosting speeds for TTFB which was a good selling point for some of our services.
  • Downtime caused much concern from clients/customers, degraded our reputation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

General

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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Editions & Modules

Edition
On-Demand$0.0042 - $6.5281
Data Transfer$0.00 - $0.092
EBS-Optimized Instances$0.0053
Carrier IP Addresses$0.005 - $0.10
T2, T3 Instances$0.05 ($0.096)5
T4g Instances$0.046
  1. per Hour
  2. per GB
  3. per IP address with a running instance per hour on a pro rata basis
  4. per vCPU-Hour Linux, RHEL, & SLES (Windows)
  5. per vCPU-Hour Linux, RHEL, & SLES
Additional Pricing Details

Linode

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Linode Editions & Modules

Edition
1 Core$5.001
2 Cores$20.001
8 Cores$160.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details
CPU, transfer, storage, and RAM bundled into one simple price. Increase storage capacity with additional Block Storage or S3-compatible Object Storage. Add instant Backups with complete independency to your stack. Ensure your applications and services are highly-available with Linode NodeBalancers. Deploy Kubernetes clusters with our fully-managed container orchestration engine.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
Linode
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Linode
9.1

Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
10.0
Linode
8.7

Reliability and Availability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Linode
9.1

Performance

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Linode
9.1

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
Linode
8.5

Implementation Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Linode
9.1

Scalability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Linode
9.1

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