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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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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a perfect solution for the developer who needs to run a few virtual machines for development and testing purposes. It can also work very well in cases where a large complex virtual environment and advanced storage is not required. In general, it requires a host OS, so it will not function quite like a true headless virtual server. Don't expect it to become your solution to replace a bunch of servers with a massive, redundant, automated virtual environment. That's not what it is for.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.1
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.4
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.8
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.0
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Oracle VM VirtualBox
8.5
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
Oracle VM VirtualBox
6.6

Pros

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • It's a very easy task to fire up an EC2, even for first-timer education. Launch a free account, pop into EC2, and follow the prompts.
  • Snapshots and Images are particularly nice, fast and easy to work with. I've had my entire catalog erased by mistake, and been able to restore content within minutes.
  • Access to data is right there - you have root access to your virtual machine, no clunky interfaces, no negotiation with hosts for resources.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • Easy to find, easy to install and very easy to use.
  • Intuitive interface. The creation of virtual machines is fast, and access to them is uncomplicated.
  • All available virtualization technology. Compatibility with Intel and processors, and their technologies. Compatibility with all hardware.
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Cons

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • EC2 is quick to launch, but ends up being an unnecessarily complex rabbit hole. Most users on EC2 are attempting to accomplish the same goals: host content with close to 0 fault tolerance. I want people to be able to buy my stuff. I should be able to one-click a load balancing and autoscaling package for my existing EC2 instance that will scale resources in proportion to my incoming sessions and corresponding usage. Instead, setting up advanced EC2 features ends up requiring an expert to accomplish functions which should be readily available.
  • Usage-based billing sounds like you may be getting the best value, but understand that Amazon is not losing money on hosting, and costs are no longer entirely predictable. Cents for data piles up quickly and once you get load balancing up with a influx of customers, your finance department comes at you waving your budget around...
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • The performance of Oracle Virtualbox is a bit slower than competitors and the interface is unstable.
  • The advanced functions, like setting up a network drive between guest and host are a bit tricky and takes some time to set up.
  • Sometimes transferring files (large files) between the client and host is a bit problematic.
  • Help documents are bit confusing and more screenshots related to installation, configuration should be included.
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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.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox 8.0
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)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 3.0
Based on 1 answer
I have faced that level of support.Our many query were unanswered for few days and costed us a lot.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

I currently use GitHub pages and Azure for projects, in addition to EC2. I use GitHub pages for my blog because it's free and convenient, and because my blog is a static site (HTML and client-side JS only) so there's no need for me to pay for an EC2 instance to host a web server. At my current startup we use Azure because they offered us a very generous free tier and their support is excellent. However, I still use EC2 for applications where the app requires an actual backend and I'm the only engineer, because I'm most familiar with EC2.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

Considering it is free, the comparison seems slightly unfair, however my personal preference is still Virtual Box. The added features within Fusion are nowhere near important or useful enough to justify spending budget money on it. Therefore, despite VB being less aesthetically pleasing, and at times clunkier and slower to use, it doesn't cost anything and thus is a limitless tool in terms of applications throughout the business
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Return on Investment

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • At previous businesses we wouldn't have been able to run our infrastructure reliably without EC2. No more hour-long downtimes because Verizon decided to change our server's IP address without warning.
  • On the CI project, EC2 allowed us to iterate quickly and scale the CI tool on demand, without having the massive upfront cost of setting up our own server farm.
  • EC2 also allows us to easily spawn development machines when we need to connect mobile apps to a development backend, letting us iterate more quickly with partners.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • Being able to get new developer environments up and running has been a huge time saver versus other teams that have their employees spend a day or two configuring their environment.
  • Keeping everyone updated and on identical software has saved operational time and money.
  • Recreating bugs is much easier on identical environments.
  • It's free!
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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

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