Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

We are currently exploring alternative hosts - likely a direct partnership - collocated or dedicated. We like the predictability of a monthly fee, a service partner to call in case of crisis, and pushing the resource scaling responsibility back to a partner who is eager to scale down but contractually obligated to scale perfectly.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • When playing around with automation and configuration management tools like Vagrant and Test-Kitchen, my experience with VirtualBox has been great.
  • For testing out newer/different versions of operating systems locally, VirtualBox has become my virtualization tool of choice. I don't just use it for evaluation, either, as I run a licensed version of Windows 10 in VirtualBox for the times I'm testing something out in the Windows realm (my primary desktop OS is Ubuntu).
  • For learning a local virtualization solution that is cross-platform, allowing one to be comfortable in virtualizing locally across whichever OS happens to be in use.
  • In my experience, many open-source and automation toolsets related to DevOps-minded workflows are made, demoed with, and have tutorials for execution with VirtualBox.
  • Working lean? Oracle VM VirtualBox is open-source and free to use.
  • If evaluating VirtualBox in a business that is dependent on the VirtualBox Extension Pack, one would need to evaluate whether they are in need of an Enterprise license. I've never been in that situation. For more details on that: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Licensing_FAQ and https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox_PUEL
  • I would not consider this a hypervisor for use in production, but only for local host/lab usage.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.3
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.6
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.0
Oracle VM VirtualBox
7.8
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.0
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
Oracle VM VirtualBox
6.7

Pros

  • Industry standard -- most people who've worked w/ cloud applications have used EC2.
  • Easy self-service provisioning once you have IAM configured correctly.
  • Lots of compute units with memory / CPU and storage differentiation, many ways to set up a cost-effective environment.
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  • Can spin up multiple VMs on a host-only network that speak to each other and allow for interesting test environments spun up at will.
  • Cross-platform functionality allows me to run it on my Linux Desktop and know that tutorials I make with it could be approached by someone on a Windows or Mac OSX system. Hyper-V is limited to Windows, and VMware Workstation requires a license (VMware Player is free, but is not open-source and is more limited in comparison to VirtualBox).
  • If you are testing tools like Vagrant and Test-Kitchen, VirtualBox often seems to have the highest amount of support and documentation when it comes to compatibility (though, many people do use Hyper-V or VMware Workstation without issues).
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Cons

  • The whole process of configuration and spinning up instances requires thorough technical knowledge. The learning curve for it seems a bit daunting.
  • The training documentation and support is a bit lacking. We tried using Lambda expressions for program flow execution and did not find great resources on that topic.
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  • Compatibility issues. At times there seems to be errors when configuring a virtual machine with newer OS. For example, Windows 10.
  • Lack of support. Being that this is an Open Source software there is very little support as far as articles available to troubleshoot issues.
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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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Oracle VM VirtualBox8.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy and quick to use. Runs at sufficient speed even with 5/6 VMs running, and can handle a bridged network with ease. Easy to disassociate from the host to ensure the environment built within VB is quarantined should anything happen, meaning no risk to physical hardware.Quick to pick up. Quick to add new machines. Cloning feature very quick and comprehensive. I've never had a VM crash or freeze.
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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

Performs well and competitive price. Clear Documentation would be another factor. I have found sometimes documentations are confusing and misleading.
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The preferred solution was Oracle VM VirtualBox due to the cost-effectiveness and type of stand-alone testing that we were looking to accomplish. As previously stated this is by no means an enterprise solution like other systems. Its more for a standalone system.
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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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  • Considering we use VB to deploy VMs for testing, it saves us tons fn money from not allowing us to have to spin up an Amazon EC2 instance for every VM we need testing for.
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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

Oracle VM VirtualBox

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