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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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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 Workstation

If you're a remote user for an organization, specifically for development, VMWare workstation is hard to beat. It's great for home use or even inside organization BOYD type solutions. It is not a replacement for a private or public cloud. It is not intended for production level scenarios; it's more intended for small solutions like classrooms and home use.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.3
VMware Workstation
8.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.9
VMware Workstation
8.8
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
8.3
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
9.2
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
8.8
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.3
VMware Workstation
8.3

Pros

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • Variety of sizes, you can fine-tune your instance quite a lot rather than being tied into specific tiers like some resellers offer.
  • Easy to provision, either using an Amazon tool or AMI, Terraform and/or Ansible I've found it easy to get set up and going on a new EC2 instance.
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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.
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Cons

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • The UI is cumbersome and confusing
  • The API is usually reliable but hard to rely on at scale - spawning a machine via API sometimes just hangs
  • Online support is borderline non-existent. If something goes wrong, you're probably on your own.
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VMware Workstation

  • requires a minimum of system knowledge
  • different VMs running at the same time can use a lot of resources
  • the machine running VM Workstation must be very high performing
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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 Workstation

No score
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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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VMware Workstation

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

When it comes to AWS EC2, the technical aspects are about equal to many of the other cloud services, but where AWS EC2 shines at is its management, and growth capabilities. You can start your web based business using AWS for literally zero start-up costs: you use the same Amazon account you use to order office supplies and your laptops, click a button, and start renting servers that only cost what you ACTUALLY use, which is really revolutionary for the data industry.
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VMware Workstation

VirtualBox is not bad for free. It might even be slightly better than VMware Player which is also free. But VMware Workstation offers so much more for under $249 which makes the purchase decision simple - it's worth every penny. Especially since newer versions make it easy to inter operate with the ESX version as well.
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Return on Investment

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • It's so easy to provision that sometimes we leave VMs on that we should power down.
  • Allows us to quickly go to market with ideas with in hours to days of inception.
  • Allows great flexibility in the types of images we can spin up.
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VMware Workstation

  • Could honestly not do our job without VMware Workstation - it is a true enabler
  • Very low price makes it a no brainer purchase decision - plus they have regular sales for 20-30% off an already low price
  • Has radically reduced hardware costs as we no longer deploy physical servers for all the different environments we need
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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 Workstation

General

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

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