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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is really standing out when a team is committed to the AWS stack and wants to deploy production jobs on the long term. Reserved instances have competitive pricing and in general the reliability is guaranteed. Spot EC2 instances are also good, when a one-time backfill or feature generation workload needs to be performed.For users who want to use a managed service, for example a Hadoop platform, I would recommend going with Cloudera and similar companies to get the best support possible.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi is well suited in almost every environment. Even the smallest of organizations can benefit from the ease of migration and backup/business continuity that this product allows for. Where it struggles for these small businesses is in the cost model. The redundant hardware and licensing can be cost-prohibitive to a small business. Beyond that, I wouldn't run a business without it if I could scrape up the resources.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
VMware ESXi
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.1
VMware ESXi
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.3
VMware ESXi
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.4
VMware ESXi
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.8
VMware ESXi
Monitoring tools
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
VMware ESXi
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.9
VMware ESXi
Operating system support
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.3
VMware ESXi
Security controls
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.7
VMware ESXi

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
8.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
8.5
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
8.1
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
8.6
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
9.3
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
8.9

Pros

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • EC2 has wide variety of machine configurations. If the intended solutions are memory heavy, CPU heavy, GPU heavy or IO heavy, EC2 will provide proper machine configurations as per the requirements.
  • EC2 has lot of Machine Images to setup OS and required softwares. It also allows you to create the image of your own disk. This facilitates user to stop the EC2 instance without loosing the work. It helps to reduce the bill. The image can be attached again to EC2 to start from the same place from where it was left.
  • Amazon allows different way to obtain instances like on-demand, spot and reserved. Depending upon the need, one can take wise decision to save cost and address the situation in the best possible way.
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VMware ESXi

  • Virtualization allows us to create machines that handle specific tasks rather than a bare metal OS that uses the entire hardware; on bare metal, an admin has to use the machine to handle multiple tasks which is confusing to administrate.
  • VMware is fantastic at migrating systems between hosts. This is important to distribute load and for consideration in case of hardware failure.
  • VMware makes automation a snap, we currently use puppet & kickstart for our automation software. Virtualization allows us to be agile in creating systems and destroying them. Before VMware we had to provision machines by hand which is costly in labor costs.
  • VMware has some exciting verticals that integrate well with its hypervisor, VSan comes to mind which helped us address our need for resiliency in case of a hardware fault.
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Cons

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • The UI of AWS is quite hard to familiarize with, along with the infrastructure setup. It's a conglomeration of hundreds of acronyms specific to AWS that must be understood including their minutiae to effectively run a cloud deployment. While AWS' documentation is extensive, their beginner-focused guides could use work.
  • Instances become incredibly hard to manage after a critical mass, forcing companies to create their own management applications to fill the void that AWS leaves. Along with this, AWS' SDKs can be very poorly documented making this task exponentially more difficult.
  • If you lose your SSH key that is released with the creation of the instance, you lose complete access to the server. While I understand the reasoning behind this decision, MFA recovery would be a nice touch.
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VMware ESXi

  • They continue to improve on moving from Flash to HTML 5 based management.
  • I'd like to see more flexibility in how multi-site VCSA redundancy can be deployed.
  • I'd like to see some of the automation and orchestration tools become more affordable for the small to mid-sized business market. vRA/vRO/vCloud..
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 3.8
Based on 2 answers
Me, not likely as my current company doesn't use it nor do I use it at home. However, I don't see my previous company ever switching away from it.
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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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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is fairly intuitive for most things, and the areas that are a little less obvious usually have fantastic documentation in the online knowledgebase. In 3-4 years of managing our ESXi hosts, I think that I have only opened 4-5 support cases for things that I could not figure out myself or find answers to on the website.
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Support

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 8.7
Based on 10 answers
AWS's support is good overall. Not outstanding, but better than average. We have had very little reason to engage with AWS support but in our limited experience, the staff has been knowledgeable, timely and helpful. The only negative is actually initiating a service request can be a bit of a pain.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 7.9
Based on 19 answers
If VMware ESXi support is needed and you have the correct support contract, the support is fast and usually very straightforward. But it is, in most cases, possible to find helpful troubleshooting information or tips with a well-defined Google search.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

AWS EC2 is the mainstay of several AWS tools, with CodeBuild that includes AWS Cloud9, and CodePipeline, which allow us to work quickly, efficiently, for all the work team, regardless of whether it is remotely or locally, always keeping the progress saved in the cloud. With Lambda it can be compiled at any time in a fast way, with AWS WAF we protect the different connections, since it provides a high level of security, without having to configure too much, in general all the tools work perfectly with EC2, speeding up the development time of the different projects
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VMware ESXi

The only alternative I see is the Microsoft Hyper-V, however in our case we have used VMware products for years and have not thought of migration mainly because of the great stability level and ease of management they provide to us. Also it fully integrates with our hyper-converged infrastructure as no other products can do.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • Instance procurement time has become negligible with EC2. Any developer can provision an instance very quickly and companies can move towards automation of CI/CD pipelines and auto provisioning of EC2s.
  • Companies do not have to spend money in managing infrastructures, data centers, staff to manage these, networking, connectivity etc. All this will be taken care by AWS and EC2 can be used to run your enterprise softwares and custom applications.
  • If not correctly monitored EC2 prices can run up very quickly. So proper monitoring has to be in place in your organization. Non-prod and dev EC2 servers should be brought down in evening and night.
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VMware ESXi

  • When speaking about ROI, it is excellent to think about all the hardware maintenance that you save.
  • It also saves when you are getting an A.V. solution since some technologies need only to license the number of CPU cores.
  • it helps to reduce the costs of backup since you can backup many severs within the same technology.
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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

VMware ESXi

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.1
VMware ESXi
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
10.0
VMware ESXi
10.0

Support

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
VMware ESXi
7.9

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