Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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Score 8.9 out of 101
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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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Nutanix Acropolis

If you'rw using VMware out of the box with little bespoke configurations then Acropolis wins hands down. It's simple to use and does 80% of what VMware does without the big costs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Nutanix Acropolis
7.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
Nutanix Acropolis
8.5
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Nutanix Acropolis
7.5
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.0
Nutanix Acropolis
9.0
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Nutanix Acropolis
8.5
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
Nutanix Acropolis
6.0

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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  • Very light weight and simple to use. No need for VMware or Hyper V software to configure and manage so reducing complexity.
  • Management interface is simple to use meaning training of support staff is kept easy.
  • Rapid deployment of servers. So quick you don't even have time for a coffee break.
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Cons

  • The UI is cumbersome and confusing
  • The API is usually reliable but hard to rely on at scale - spawning a machine via API sometimes just hangs
  • Online support is borderline non-existent. If something goes wrong, you're probably on your own.
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  • Storage v-motion is still a little weak and if your system is heavily used a little self management is needed.
  • Performance monitoring has come a long way over the last 2 years but future enhancements in deep diving issues would be useful.
  • Storage usage reporting is still weak but no more so than other platforms. Understanding how many space is being consumed vs space committed is always an issue when compression and thin provisioning is used.
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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

I have used DigitalOcean and Google Compute Engine on a trial period. EC2 was the best choice for my team due to the level of features it offers plus the ability to integrate it quickly given that we were already using so many other AWS Microservices. Getting up and running with the team took no time at all.
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We chose Nutanix as the configuration options were varied and we could pick the system that fit us rather than a system that was too big or just not quite right. Delivery was quick and since installation - support has been fantastic.
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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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  • With the cost of VMware being removed that's is a big saving.
  • Management overheads are reduced meaning engineers have more time to do project work and less time is spent on managing the system.
  • Being resource light weight enables maximum resources to be used at the business end.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Nutanix Acropolis

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