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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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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)
8.0
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

  • Variety of sizes, you can fine-tune your instance quite a lot rather than being tied into specific tiers like some resellers offer.
  • Easy to provision, either using an Amazon tool or AMI, Terraform and/or Ansible I've found it easy to get set up and going on a new EC2 instance.
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  • They can link to your computer and help you with any issues immediately.
  • Easy to talk to and reach.
  • Reliable Service
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Cons

  • With the rise of tools such as Ansible it would be good to see AWS provide similar standardised tooling for EC2.
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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

We ended up not selecting EC2, we chose Google Compute Engine instead. Reason for us choosing GCE was due to:
  1. Ability to define custom compute units in GCE.
  2. More transparent pricing due to automatic usage discounts.
  3. Less expensive for equal compute unit classes.
  4. Better UX of the administration and console.
AWS is great when you have a very specific legacy environment that you need to "cloud-enable". I think there are better options for non-legacy teams.
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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

  • EC2 reduced the need for many specialized personnel for infrastructure.
  • Reduced expenses in acquisition and maintenance of servers.
  • Reduced costs in configuration of development and production environments, due to virtualization, images and volume management.
  • The perception of many clients improves when you work with an ally like Amazon AWS, which translates into contracts.
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  • ROI
  • Reliability in connectivity
  • Office nation wide linked together in one cloud.
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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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Nerdio

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