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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

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

vSphere

vSphere is the complete vmware package. If you are interested in becoming a vmware customer, vSphere makes the entire management platform nice to work with. The benefits of working with virtual machines is made possible by vSphere. I cannot think of any scenario where vSphere would not be a great solution for managing virtual servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
8.7
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
8.6
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
9.0

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

vSphere

  • Makes your server hardware independent, so you no longer need to worry about hardware failure and where to find specific replacement parts.
  • Reallocation of server resources quickly and on the fly, so if your server is slowing down, you can beef it up with a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Server recovery, when there is a problem, you can restore a backed up entire virtual server to the recovered host or a new host quickly and easily.
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

vSphere

  • The Web client is annoying - Ever since they deprecated the C# client, the web client has been a pain to use. The newest HTML5 client seems to finally be addressing this concern, but I still want the fat client back. Nothing was more reliable.
  • SDN should be included in pricing - VMware could lead the world into a software-defined network revolution, but for now, it costs so much, that only the most mature IT environments and larger companies can afford to pay to play that game.
Daniel Hereford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 5 answers
We are constantly looking for change that will benefit our company. We are not ones to stick with a product simply because it is what we know, but rather looking for what fits us best. We can't imagine another product on the market today doing a better job of handling our infrastructure than vSphere.
Aaron Myers | 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

vSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 9.2
Based on 12 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

vSphere

vSphere 8.8
Based on 16 answers
My experience with VMware support is that they run a very good support center. For small incidents or configuration questions, while they may take a little while to get back to you, they are typically knowledgeable and helpful. For major and business-critical issues, they are responsive and very effective at getting resolutions in a timely manner. I've had many calls with their engineers, and it is not very often that it takes them long to figure out root causes.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Just make sure that when you implement, that the person implementing truly knows what they are doing and has a plan of action coming in. Since our initial implementation using a consulting service, I have implemented a few vSphere just from what I learned at the initial implementation and use over time, and the person implementing really needs to know what they are doing or you will miss out on features that may help you down the line
Aaron Myers | 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

vSphere

vSphere has a lot more feature sets than Hyper-V but at a much higher cost of entry versus MS Hyper-V. I have not been able to play with Hyper-V as much as I would have liked, but the setup and ongoing maintenance seems to be easier in vSphere than with Hyper-V
Hans Huang | 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

vSphere

  • We've had a positive ROI since deploying vSphere in our environment. We were able to minimize the number of physical servers we had running by combining some servers and their apps into one virtual machine. We also experience less downtime since vSphere is equipped with a failover feature that will allow another virtual machine to take over if we have problems with one system. The reporting feature allows us to stay on top of application performance, system errors, and other necessary tasks that keep our environment running smoothly.
  • The only negative impact we've had is in the finance category. Buying and maintaining licenses and maintenance agreements is very expensive.
Roberta Jones | 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

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Editions & Modules

Edition
On-Demand$0.0042 - $6.5281
Data Transfer$0.00 - $0.092
EBS-Optimized Instances$0.0053
Carrier IP Addresses$0.005 - $0.10
T2, T3 Instances$0.05 ($0.096)5
T4g Instances$0.046
  1. per Hour
  2. per GB
  3. per IP address with a running instance per hour on a pro rata basis
  4. per vCPU-Hour Linux, RHEL, & SLES (Windows)
  5. per vCPU-Hour Linux, RHEL, & SLES
Additional Pricing Details

vSphere

General

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

vSphere Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$995.001
Enterprise$3,995.001
  1. Per Year
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
vSphere
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
9.0

Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
10.0
vSphere

Support Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
9.2
vSphere
8.8

Implementation Rating

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
vSphere
9.0

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