Feel the true power of the cloud
November 05, 2020

Feel the true power of the cloud

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

Since it's a[n] extremely technical tool, it's being used by the engineering department. Our area uses it mainly for websites, in combination with Amazon Elastic Load Balancers (ELB), that make the perfect match.

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling help[s] us on moments when our websites received pikes of high traffic, to keep the [server] running, and without our intervention.
  • Automatic capacity increases based on rules.
  • No user intervention.
  • Very flexible tool.
  • Sometimes decrease rules may not work.
  • New scaling policy creation is a bit confusing and do[es] no[t] have help.
  • Previous scaling policy screen no longer exists, so you need to understand what new interface actually does.
  • Simplifies server operations.
  • Reduces costs.
  • Increases application reliability.
We tried with dedicated hardware load balancers with two servers a few years ago. It was a huge investment, and involves a lot of work, mainly on the server side. Also, that was not elastic. So if we wanted to go from 2 to 3 servers, we need to buy another server. That works, but that was not a good experience.
The new interface is an improvement on several ways over the old one, but, as usual from Amazon, they changed some behaviors - so if you are already a user, probably you need to learn how to do some tasks that you used to in the new way. No explanation on why [they] changed the interface and how it's better, etc. You just you need to learn how to do it on the new interface.

Despite that annoying habit from Amazon of changing everything, the new interface is clear and works. But beware that in the future that would change again, with no explanation whatsoever.
The platform works as is. The help and tutorials on the help page can help you to setup the entire platform without problems, and also provides help on a huge variety of problems.

Amazon also provides support plans. We have the basic support plan, but Amazon offers three support tiers, and we know that it works perfect.

Do you think Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling's feature set?

Yes

Did Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling again?

Yes

Despite the problems with the lack of information (and help) on the new user interface, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is a terrific tool that show[s] us easily the power of "the cloud". Only a few years ago, increasing server capacity involved weeks or months of planning, and a hefty budget in some cases. Now, with the Auto Scaling capacity, you can increase and decrease capacity with a rule, and without a long commitment and investment on hardware.