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Patrick Plaisance | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We have been using EC2 for so much longer, that even though we use Azure's other features and services more then the equivalent AWS features and services, we don't usually go for Azure's VM offerings first over EC2. I guess that that means this recommendation is mostly based on familiarity but since EC2 works so well, we have very little reason to stray.
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Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Amazon EC2 is the best cloud solution on the market. It has very competitive prices and an incredible number of services available for use. The billing is very efficient and details. EC2 is a great option for individuals, small groups, and large companies. As the needs of change, requiring up-scaling OR down-scaling, EC2 allows you to adjust your setup seamlessly.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Amazon was the first one in the market to provide virtual machines in the cloud and certainly gained a lot of popularity before the rest even came to the picture. The different service providers are quite mutually exclusive, and one cannot easily use more than one at the same time without dealing with network slowness, etc. So once some companies start with AWS EC2, it's very hard to switch seamlessly.

But AWS EC2 is quite good on its own compared to the others out there, and can provide almost everything a team needs with minimal efforts.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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AWS EC2 is fully interfaced with the Amazon Web Services platform and Google Compute Engine fits in more with Google. While either provider would have been fine, we are pretty much all built on top of AWS at this point barring some clients. It just flowed easier.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Amazon's been leading the way in the past few years in cloud computing and have easily become a name we can trust. When we looked at options, nothing compared to EC2 when you looked at the scalability and flexibility of the product. For the needs we were trying to meet, these were our top two "must haves" and this product beat out the other contenders for this.
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Winston Mendes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • AWS Cloud9, AWS CodePipeline, AWS WAF and AWS Lambda
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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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EC2 is a much more advantageous compared with the competitors because it has a much better console, configuration, auto-scalability, uptime, and many other features that are way better than other services I have seen so far. It also provides great backup services integrated with other services of AWS. Also, if your instance is not encountered with the traffic, you can always increase your instance volume without too much effort.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 07, 2019

A Great Choice

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In our eyes, Amazon has become the de-facto cloud provider. We have searched for other options, but none of them compare when you take documentation, training, support, ease of use all into account. Of all the cloud environments that our admins use daily, AWS is by far the favorite. I would recommend AWS over any other unless there is a specific use case that requires a different environment. You know AWS is here to stay and any time spent in training will pay off for years to come.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 20, 2019

EC2: Game changer

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All the services above can be built on a server vs using a service. It allows teams that have more breadth of development to dive deep into the implementation and tailor the performance based on the needs they have specifically. In addition, we can tear down failed experiments fairly quickly, while with some of these partners we are locked in after provisioning.
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Ryan MacGillivray | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Heroku: Really they are an AWS reseller. This can make the initial setup a lot easier but means that you can be limited when it comes to wanting to integrate with other AWS services that they haven't implemented as yet.

Linode: Very similar virtual cloud provider, but found that they would frequently have large technical issues or outages and be unable to explain what had happened which did not build trust.
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Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Migration from Shared/Dedicated to a VPS was the next step in scaling up our eCommerce business platform to our customer demands. Amazon Web Services uptime and speed really met our expectations, but the costs were unpredictable and ended up being too high for us. In hindsight, I might have considered going straight to Dedicated or Collocated.
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Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Compared to other IaaS providers such as Google Compute Engine, EC2 stands out due to its ease of use, good performance, and low price.

Lately, Google Compute Engine seems to have improved noticeably, but we stack with EC2 for the trust and quality that has generated is in the last 6 years.
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Corey Birkmann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It stacks up at the top when you need overall server access and have someone available to manage every aspect of it. I use it on some projects, but for others it's better to choose another hosting option when you don't need as much control and would prefer a pre-defined interface
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Felix Rufus Nadar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Security and cost are the major components which impact end users. We evaluated all the cloud platforms, and found AWS EC2 to be very cheap and more secure than GCP. Due to the improper configuration in AWS, we were compromised several times, then fixed it via some partners. Terminology is quiet confusing if compared to other cloud providers.
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Lynn Thames | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We haven't analyzed or used other products. We started using AWS when it was pretty new and have been very happy so have not needed to look at other products.

We have, however used many traditional hosting companies to host dedicated web servers that we fully managed; and we still do maintain a number of traditional servers at OVH.
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Greg Schulz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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AWS EC2 has been around awhile, it is very extensible, very flexible, very competitive, very evolving, very useful, very many options to do different things, however also meanwhile with hybrid cloud, we also are using Microsoft Azure VMs, as well as VMware vSphere ESXi among various other tools and technologies as part of software-defined data infrastructures.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Azure VM and Google Compute Engine are alternatives to EC2. AWS EC2 is most matures and advanced of the 3. All these provide easy-to-deploy and automatically configured third-party applications, including single virtual machine or multiple virtual machine solutions.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 14, 2018

Scale up with EC2!

Score 8 out of 10
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I have used DigitalOcean and Google Compute Engine on a trial period. EC2 was the best choice for my team due to the level of features it offers plus the ability to integrate it quickly given that we were already using so many other AWS Microservices. Getting up and running with the team took no time at all.
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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime (8)
9.1
Dynamic scaling (9)
9.3
Elastic load balancing (9)
9.4
Pre-configured templates (9)
8.8
Monitoring tools (9)
8.7
Pre-defined machine images (9)
8.9
Operating system support (9)
9.3
Security controls (9)
9.7

About Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Users can launch instances with a variety of OSs, load them with custom application environments, manage network access permissions, and run images on multiple systems.

Key Features

  • Bare metal instances

  • Amazon EC2 Fleet (fleet management)

  • Pause and resume instances

  • GPU compute instances

  • GPU graphics instances

  • High I/O instances

  • Dense HDD storage instances

  • Optimized CPU configurations

  • Flexible storage options

  • Pay-as-you-go pricing

  • Place instances in multiple locations

  • Elastic IP addresses

  • Auto-scale capacity up or down

  • HPC clusters

  • Elastic Fabric Adapter

  • Available on AWS PrivateLink

  • Amazon Time Sync Service

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