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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

When you use the vSphere client to open a remote console you have what appears to be a slimmed-down version of Workstation. The full version can be used in that same role, but instead of going to vSphere first you can directly get to your VM tree through Workstation. This makes it quick to move from VM to VM. Sandboxing is where Workstation is especially well suited. You can run test apps, difficult apps, and deprecated apps/OSs in a sideways fashion that is not dangerous to your production environment. If you're not a VMware shop, this product could be used but would be less appropriate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware Workstation
8.6
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware Workstation
9.0
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware Workstation
8.4
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware Workstation
8.7
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware Workstation
8.5
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
VMware Workstation
8.2

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.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

  • VMware Workstation is very easy to use and learn. Little to no knowledge of virtual computing is needed to operate Workstation.
  • The price point is not that bad. While there are free solutions out there that provide simple and basic virtualization solutions, VMware Workstation is definitely worth the money. Also, they offer educational discounts.
  • While being easy to use it has advanced options, it can integrate into remote clouds as well.
  • The snapshots offered on Workstation is a great feature many of the free virtual tools do not have. This allows you to save a live state or dead state of a machine. Allowing immediate rollback or roll forward to points you've saved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

  • VMware to me is a little too simplistic during setup, and this has led to me having to go back through and change some of the options afterward. This, however, is subjective.
  • Occasionally after an update, I have experienced freezing.
  • I have had issues when backing up a VM to another PC, I would get an error when I start the machine on the new PC.
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 8.8
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.
Patrick Plaisance | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation 6.7
Based on 3 answers
I haven't had to call VMware Workstation support. The majority of the time, whenever I have a problem, I can perform an online search and find the answers I need. Online forums and users with similar situations are generally sufficient to answer any questions I have had, though, from previous experience at another company, their support is outstanding and responsive to circumstances. However, that is generally for a paid support contract and should be expected when you are paying for that support.
Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Winston Mendes | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

I like using VMWare as it is really easy to configure, very much user friendly. I also like to use the additional features it have for migration like import export in different formats, clone of the virtual machine. I really like using VMware Workstation user console and ESXI at my college
Ramandeep Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

  • Positive impact would be that VMware is a simple, inexpensive solution. To be able to run such other software you would need completely new hardware, but VMware can run it for you virtually, thus, the savings are incredible.
  • One VMware instance can run multiple instances of images simultaneously, therefore, it is very time-saving.
Stefan Trbojevic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

General

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

VMware Workstation

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 Workstation
8.7

Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
10.0
VMware Workstation

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.8
VMware Workstation
6.7

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