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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is well suited for anyone that is looking to move their servers to the cloud, save money in the process, and future-proof their servers. EC2 even allows for existing VMs from an on-premise or hosted environment to be exported and imported into EC2. Also, AWS makes licensing the operating system super easy.
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Proxmox VE

Versatility and flexibility is Proxmox VEs' greatest strong points. Allowing infinite design capability, you can build infrastructures of various work loads, purposes, and goals and not be restricted by how you do it, or what differences may need to exist between the various infrastructure points. Proxmox VE allows you to design how you need to every time.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Proxmox VE
9.2
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
Proxmox VE
10.0
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
Proxmox VE
10.0
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Proxmox VE
9.0
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
Proxmox VE
10.0
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
Proxmox VE
7.0

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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  • Versatility. The ability to utilize more than one type of storage for each instance.
  • Stability. Proxmox VE is the most stable hypervisor management solution I have seen to date. It just keeps going and going and going.
  • Speed. Utilizing Linux KVM and OpenVZ, you get the fastest and more capable virtual machines on the market today. And Proxmox VE's interface is always instantly loaded when you need it.
  • Reliability. Using standard tools, including Red Hat Cluster Suite, and providing command-line tools as well, this makes maintaining and using Proxmox VE more reliable and manageable to quickly get things back in running order when things do happen to stop.
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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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  • OpenVZ is nice, but upstream it's suffering with the ability to keep up with Linux, while LXC, Linux's own container system, could be utilized.
  • RHCS with Pacemaker. When Proxmox VE started, they utilized the original RHCS cluster stack with rgmanager for the resource group management. Since then, RHCS has expanded and brought in Pacemaker to handle the same aspects rgmanager did, but in different and often better more flexible ways.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Proxmox VE10.0
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Proxmox VE provides the most capable, yet stable virtualization platform in the market today. Licensing options are also competitive and cost-effective for support, and support is extremely fast and knowledgable of getting issues resolved as quickly and soundly as possible.
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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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Proxmox VE10.0
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Out of every product I have used for this, Proxmox VE is the most concise, clear, and functional I have ever seen. I continue to use Proxmox VE even after occasionally comparing alternatives available because of it's usability, design concept, and great support of features. It's very unlikely I will find a product that can even compete with Proxmox VE in every angle of what Proxmox VE provides.
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Reliability and Availability

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Proxmox VE9.0
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Proxmox VE's ha-cluster functionality is very much improved, though does have a not-very-often occurrence of failure. In a 2-node cluster of Proxmox VE, HA can fail causing an instance that is supposed to migrate between the two nodes stop and fail until manually recovered through the command-line tools provided. Other than this, the HA clustering capability of Proxmox VE has proven to be reliable in 3 or more clustered environments with much less chance of these failures to occur.
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Performance

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Proxmox VE10.0
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Proxmox VE's interfacing is always fast to load, both the Web interface and the command-line tool interfaces. Reporting is practically real time almost all the time, and you can see everything in mere seconds, easily able to identify if something is wrong or it everything is in tip-top shape as always desired
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Support

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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Proxmox VE10.0
Based on 1 answer
They are fast, understanding, very intelligent, know their product very well, fast, responsive, and concise. Need I say more?
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Implementation

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Proxmox VE10.0
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It worked, was easy and super fast to deploy, and provided everything we needed in a matter of minutes
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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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VMWare pricing is steep when compared to the Proxmox VE licensing model. You can use Proxmox VE GPL for free to fully evaluate every aspect of it. VMWare also requires you to install software on your virtual machine instances to which you wouldn't normally need. Proxmox VE just utilizes, for the most part, as much of native as it gets.oVirt lacked in versatility. When you set up storage you are limited to a single storage type, and that's it. Proxmox VE allowed you to mix, match, design, and architect out flexible storage plans in any number of ways.
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Scalability

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Proxmox VE10.0
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Proxmox VE provides everything you need to quickly add new storage mediums, network and local, as well as networking interfaces, such as using Linux standard bridges and now Open-vSwitch bridges which can be even more scalable than before. Proxmox VE 4.0 dropped support for OpenVZ in favor of the more well supported and native LXC and made an upgrade path to it very simple.
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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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  • Faster QA and development deployments, the ability to launch instances, do what needs to be done, and destroy as needed, even automatically through API calls.
  • Stability and uptime provided through the use of Proxmox VE has enabled services to stay available longer through high availability clustering, live migration, and just very good software.
  • Growth capability with Proxmox VE allowed growing businesses to start small, and grow as time and revenue flowed allowing for further capacity and functionality without having to do much more than add additional hardware.
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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

Proxmox VE

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