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137 Ratings

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326 Ratings

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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is elastic infrastructure. Your org does not have to invest in in-house data centers and staff to manage the hardware. AWS EC2 provides elastic cloud environment to run lot of this. Price is reasonable and AWS has lot of h/w s/w design pattern to design a reliable software application and run it in a resilient environment.
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VMware ESXi

Supports a high amount of guest host
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware ESXi
8.3
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
VMware ESXi
8.5
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware ESXi
8.9
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
VMware ESXi
8.9
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
VMware ESXi
8.0
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
VMware ESXi
7.1

Pros

  • 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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  • Allows system administrators to manage multiple hosts via one interface.
  • Perform multiple management tasks
  • Provides excellent memory management
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Cons

  • Docker style templates for EC2 instances, where the installation, backup and rest of the scripts come out of the box.
  • Ran into a couple of issues while trying to reboot the EC2 instances, doing reboot on the instance through CLI caused data issues on the system. That needs to be ironed out.
  • Costs need to be competitive with rest of the market. Found that EC2's are a lot more expensive than its competitors. So if you are tied into the Amazon ecosystem, then EC2 makes sense, but if you are looking for silo EC2 instances, look elsewhere for cost saving.
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  • A bit overpriced
  • Performance issues
  • Application and hardware compatibility
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Likelihood to Renew

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VMware ESXi3.8
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)10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
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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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VMware ESXi9.0
Based on 1 answer
The few times I have had to call, support group was fantastic, and fast to resolve issues.
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Alternatives Considered

DigitalOcean and Heroku are two other leading competitors to the EC2 in terms of the type of instances they offer.Digital Ocean:Their Droplet service is equivalent to EC2 instance.Their droplet's offer a low cost, no non-sense alternative to EC2. They are geared more towards hobby/student developers with limited options at considerably lower cost compared to EC2. The reason we choose EC2 is because rest of the ecosystem is tied in with AWS.Heroku:Its geared towards the same crowd as DigitalOcean but they offer a wider suite of applications similar to the AWS offerings. The Heroic shines in offering build packs that recognize the type of application automatically and take care of deployments. The reason we picked EC2 apart from the AWS tie in is because last time I checked, I didn't find Heroku suitable for setting up Databases.
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I have worked with several other virtual machine platforms such as Microsoft Hyper-V and Oracle VM VirtualBox and find not only the ESXi is a better platform for us, ESXi also seems to be easier once you have learned the basics.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive impact, because we could setup the instances and automate the backups using the Snapshot service. With about 1 min of downtime every morning, we were able to backup the instance using automated script.
  • With great flexibility comes steep learning curve, we had to spend considerable time getting up to speed with the way EC2's are setup and how to tweak the instance for optimal performance. Wish Amazon offers prebuilt templates for things like this instead of using Docker over EC2.
  • Overall I would consider this a very good investment.
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  • Great return in savings on physical systems
  • Great savings not having to buy so many physical machines, when you can just build new VM systems at no cost and a few minutes
  • Turning P2V had really helped out again saving money not having to replace old or failed systems
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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

VMware ESXi

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