Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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Score 8.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

It is very well suited if:
  • You are tied in with rest of AWS ecosystem.
  • For running Databases not offered through RDS especially considering their Snapshot backup service.
  • You want to have the ability to customize the instance to suit your needs.
  • Need on-demand instances also called Spot instances for short spikes in usage.
Less appropriate if:
  • Only needing a silo instance (because of cost)
  • Need OS/hardware level customizations.
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VMware Workstation

Very suitable for creating virtual operating systems, as it offers a lot of options. Very easy to install any kind of LINUX distro, doesn't matter if it is Debian or whatever, QNX or any. I even installed Yosemite once, just for testing, it was perfectly running on VMWare Workstation. I also use virtual box but I strongly recommend VMWare Workstation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
8.6
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
VMware Workstation
8.5
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
8.3
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.0
VMware Workstation
9.0
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
VMware Workstation
8.8
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
VMware Workstation
8.4

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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  • 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

  • Can't create custom compute units (specific RAM, SSD and CPU allotments).
  • IO seemed to be slower than Google Compute Engine.
  • IAM is not straightforward to configure.
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  • Integration with other VMware products
  • More flexible networking functionality, like VLANs etc
  • Pricing
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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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Support

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)3.0
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I have faced that level of support.Our many query were unanswered for few days and costed us a lot.
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Alternatives Considered

Performs well and competitive price. Clear Documentation would be another factor. I have found sometimes documentations are confusing and misleading.
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VMware Workstation is among the pioneers of virtual machines, every option and every feature is well thought out and implemented, there is no image that it cannot run. It doesn't require that much setup, unlike similar software
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Return on Investment

  • Approx 40% Positive Impact due to it being cost effective and secured.
  • Approx 30% Negative Impact due to improper AWS Technical Support
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  • The time I'm having to spend testing/building windows images is reduced vs. hardware based image building and that time saved I'm able to better use for other projects to better serve our environment.
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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