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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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Nerdio

Nerdio manages our servers - file and exchange, and it has been the perfect solution for our office, allowing our users access from any desktop or laptop, no matter the location. As many of us work after hours, we always have access to our files/data... and works well for us whether we're on meetings or need information. Can't imagine going back and not having the ability to work remotely.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

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

Pros

  • Point-and-click spawning of production-ready instances running whichever OS you prefer.
  • Solid API for more advanced use cases. Instead of having in-house Windows build machines you can just spawn EC2 instances via API to build your project on demand.
  • AMIs make it easy to set up a machine once and make copies of it once you need to scale.
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  • Responsiveness to problems we experience
  • Working until we are satisfied with the response
  • Helping us stay on top of issues that may be problematic down the road
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Cons

  • Remote desktops are one of the few areas where EC2 doesn't work well due to the hardware requirements, though AWS has recently released a remote desktop service that comes out to being more cost effective than an internal Citrix deployment.
  • Hardware customization is also rather hard to deal with, as few options are available when choosing a configuration, which can cause problems in heavily customized OS systems, and development scenarios.
  • EC2 on its own is flawed in the way it is deployed, having the customer chose a geographic "zone" where the services are hosted, which sort of kills one of the main reasons for using the cloud, which is being geographically diverse.
  • EC2 supposedly gives you the ability to "choose" your geographical location, "if it is not under heavy use". This is one problem I have run into lately, as many of my customers are in California, and are being required to use an Oregon zone due to high use if they want to avoid additional charges. Think of zones in a real estate sense, location is cost. This can become an issue when competition is high, because users hate to wait for a site to load. If you are in CA, serving CA customers through an Oregon zone, your service will be slower than competition physically hosted in California.
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  • Long hold times at times
  • Security audits are a bit harder because of this service
  • Not onsite
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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

When it comes to AWS EC2, the technical aspects are about equal to many of the other cloud services, but where AWS EC2 shines at is its management, and growth capabilities. You can start your web based business using AWS for literally zero start-up costs: you use the same Amazon account you use to order office supplies and your laptops, click a button, and start renting servers that only cost what you ACTUALLY use, which is really revolutionary for the data industry.
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We moved to this solution when there was only a limited number of vendors offering this type of work environment... and after talking to colleagues who initially selected other vendors, they were happy to make the switch to AdarIT/Nerdio.
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Return on Investment

  • Since deployment and operational upkeep costs are a critical sales point for my customers, AWS has given me the perfect environment to work with.
  • EC2 is great for performing upgrades. I am able to create an entirely new system, then just quickly move the data over with a few clicks, like moving a hard drive. If something goes wrong with the upgrade then I can roll back to my original system just as quickly. I have averted quite a few disasters due to hardware specifications not working properly, which has given me many stress free upgrades, as opposed to what could of happened.
  • Growth capability is probably the one thing AWS does better than anyone else, which means that pre-launch calculations are not even something I have to consider, let alone worry about. Having a site crash due to success and popularity is one of the worst things that can happen to someone, and I use to put more time and energy into calculating what "might" happen than I would into designing the site itself. With EC2, I can launch my site with a free micro-instance and can rest easily knowing that regardless of how many customers like and WANT to use my site. Automated scaling is a thing of beauty.
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  • ROI
  • Reliability in connectivity
  • Office nation wide linked together in one cloud.
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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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Nerdio

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