EC2 for scalable web apps
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated April 29, 2019

EC2 for scalable web apps

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

We are a fast growing financial tech startup based in North Carolina. We sell financial products targeted at banks and credit unions. Built on top of the Salesforce platform we've expanded our offerings with more custom solutions. As a result we've developed several apps that are deployed atop the Amazon EC2 cloud. The cloud deployments are used company wide both for internal testing as well as by the clients in our production instances.
  • The ability to expand resources for your cloud deployment depending on demand makes it highly appealing.
  • The cloud hosting offers excellent backup capabilities so reverting to an earlier version is a breeze.
  • Cloud infrastructure avoids the need for us to maintain hardware resources locally. Security and software patching is all handled remotely.
  • The whole process of configuration and spinning up instances requires thorough technical knowledge. The learning curve for it seems a bit daunting.
  • The training documentation and support is a bit lacking. We tried using Lambda expressions for program flow execution and did not find great resources on that topic.
  • We were able to use the trial version for EC2 hosting at a very cheap rate. After evaluation when we realized it met our requirements we got the instances deployed for our web apps. Apart from the initial learning curve, we think this was the right approach for us since it is extremely reliable with an amazing up-time.
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.