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Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 25, 2019

EC2 - Excellent Cloud Computing Service

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EC2 is extremely suited when you want to do prototyping before purchasing heavy instance on-premises. This provides a clear indication that what kind of configuration is best suited for the need and demand. It is also flexible in terms of acquiring computational capabilities by spot instance, on-demand instance and reserved instances. We are using it a lot to train Machine Learning models. We made sure the script runs well on a small instance and once the script is finalized, we switch to bigger instances for faster computation.
Since EC2 is a complex service, it requires proper monitoring of usage. While users are a novice, it requires a bit more examination for proper usage.
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Winston Mendes | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 10, 2019

The best way to make scalable projects quickly and efficiently.

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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2 is excellent for testing, developing scalable projects, and has a free layer that allows novice users to experiment with a VPS for free, ideal if it is going to be used along with the other AWS tools. If EC2 is the only tool that will be used, it is not so recommendable, since its strength lies in the good synergy it has with the other AWS tools.
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Patrick Plaisance | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 21, 2019

The de facto standard cloud VM host

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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is extremely useful for small virtual servers. For instance, we use EC2 instances for inexpensive unifi cloud controllers. Additionally, we often use EC2 instances for testing various applications and server configurations. We can spin up an entire lab, virtual servers, workstations, etc and test out a client-server application in hours and at very little expense.
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Gabriel Samaroo | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 18, 2019

Amazon EC2 - Best Cloud Hosting Provider on the market

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I would recommend using amazon EC2 in any scenario where a company or individual needs to run a server. Because of the ease of use and configuration, there is hardly a reason to buy and manage your own hardware. Anything from a very simple website to a complex application with hundreds of servers can be setup using EC2.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 31, 2019

Maximum flexibility. Competitive pricing. Great support.

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 24, 2019

The best and most scalable cloud infrastructure in the entire world!

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Amazon EC2 is one of the best tools a development and software company could ask for. It is infinitely scalable and relatively easy to use when it comes to all the things that we used to do that took a long time because human beings had to provision rack mounted servers by hand. It's less apporpriate for enterprise settings where there is still a presence of older, localized infrastructure.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 18, 2019

Servers when you need them, how you need them...take your time back- thank you EC2!

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EC2 is a perfect solution for a team of skilled developers who are familiar with cloud computing, able to make basic translations, and cannot be hassled by the politics/paperwork shuffle of dealing with the ebb and flow of server changes. EC2 would not be a good solution for a very small team with perhaps a single server need or perhaps a larger team with multiple server needs but without technical personnel.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 13, 2019

Scalable and High up-time rates for your applications with many more features on EC2!

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EC2 is very suitable if you have a multi-environment application and you are still using the other services of Amazon, such as Lambda with API Gateway. In our project, we have had more than 10 EC2 instances running for 3 years, and we did not have any downtime or face any security issues.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 07, 2019

A Great Choice

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EC2 is taking over physical and other virtual environments. The ability to quickly turn up and down, clone, create, or terminate a server on the fly, from anywhere in the world is a huge plus. Having the entire environment live in the AWS console means that management is central and much more efficient. EC2 is also great for a dev environment. If you want to, in minutes stand up a dev server, EC2 is the top choice. However, if you require a physical server, obviously AWS EC2 instances will not be the best choice.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 21, 2019

EC2 is my First choice for cloud

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EC2 is my first choice for all my application deployments in the cloud as it has great features like auto-scaling and multiple categories like reserved instances, on-demand, and scheduled ones.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 20, 2019

EC2: Game changer

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If they need anything in the cloud where they want to stand something up from the operating system up, Elastic Compute Cloud is a no brainer. With the versatility and speed to which you can create resources to suit your needs, there is no comparison. Elastic Block Storage, in addition to Elastic Compute Cloud, is a game changer for virtualization.
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Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 08, 2019

EC2- Computing on demand

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EC2 is great for any scenario where you need to be upgrading/downgrading your compute power as the app demand grows/shrinks. Because of how the storage system, network system, and security system works under AWS, you can hot swap any server into any given slot. But if you want to customize your servers to the nth degree, then you should just go ahead and purchase them for your network. AWS will never be as customizable as company-run machines, but they will be faster to deploy.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 29, 2019

EC2 for scalable web apps

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Amazon EC2 offerings are great if you have web applications that have elastic demand, since Amazon handles the scaling of extra resources all on its own. If the goal is to just host a simple static website, then using regular web hosting companies would be much cheaper and simpler.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 22, 2019

Fully featured cloud containers

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EC2 is an excellent service if you need to replace the power of a data center with many machines all interconnected with networking and a great automation system to set up your environment in a single button press. It is less ideal for smaller scale operations where you only need a server or two or expect to have very light load on your servers and don't need all the extra power provided by EC2.
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Ryan MacGillivray | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 31, 2018

EC2 - often better to buy direct

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I've found that while EC2 and AWS might mean initially more setup than purchasing compute resources through a reseller it makes life much easier down the line as you have more control over your instances and other resources. This also ends up that it will cost more dev time up front but less money in comparison.

It's also possible to fine-tune your AWS spending whereas I've found this difficult with AWS resellers in the past.
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Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 29, 2018

AWS - launchpad for VPS' at usage-based billing

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We are currently exploring alternative hosts - likely a direct partnership - collocated or dedicated. We like the predictability of a monthly fee, a service partner to call in case of crisis, and pushing the resource scaling responsibility back to a partner who is eager to scale down but contractually obligated to scale perfectly.
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Michael Kerzner | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 29, 2018

EC2 from AWS makes provisioning and managinig cloud servers cost-effective and quick.

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EC2 is well suited for anyone that is looking to move their servers to the cloud, save money in the process, and future-proof their servers. EC2 even allows for existing VMs from an on-premise or hosted environment to be exported and imported into EC2. Also, AWS makes licensing the operating system super easy.
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Ranjeet Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 07, 2018

EC2 is great when it comes to simplicity and performing

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Well suited when we do not have space and resources to maintain and have in house servers. Less appropriate when someone needs instances just with high memory or CPU only. In this scenario it is a bit expensive compared to having in-house instance.
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Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 04, 2018

Amazon: Big IaaS option for your business

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If your company or your clients have infrastructure restrictions (or a need for full control), or if your deployment contains many nodes to consider, EC2 could probably not be the best option.

But if virtualization is an alternative, or you hear good comments among your managers about IaaS or PaaS, then AWS EC2 is the way to go.

And for start-ups it is definitely the best alternative.
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Corey Birkmann | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 04, 2018

EC2 review from a small interactive shop

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When you need total control of your server as if it were a black box in your office, EC2 works great. You can set it up however you need and know it will be reliable as long as your work is reliable. If you are just needing a web host and aren't incredibly server saavy, then you may be better suited looking elsewhere
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Felix Rufus Nadar | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 03, 2018

Cost Effective Virtual Machine AWS

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It's good to use low end EC2, which cost a few cents an hour for those who are testers (who just need to evaluate it).
Blogs and Personal website can be hosted at a very cheap cost (approx. $20) and in a way that's more secure than any other cloud providers. And for high performance EC2, go for Reserved Instances which is more affordable than unreserved instances
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James Hilton | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 31, 2018

Highly recommend cloud computing instances like EC2

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It's great when you need a web site or service up and running immediately with specific settings and software. It's great when you need to scale it within minutes and only pay for the time that the extra power is used. It's not so great when you want to learn how everything works and the documentation is difficult to find or worded differently or out dated because things seem to change every year or two on AWS but the documentation lags a little behind.
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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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