A Great Choice
July 07, 2019
A Great Choice
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
We are migrating multiple customers' environments to the cloud, most specifically, using Amazon Web Services. We take current servers and rebuild them in Amazon's cloud environment using EC2. The ability to quickly take a current server and migrate it at a 1:1 ratio into the cloud is a huge plus, especially when there are thousands that we migrate.
- Quick setup: Once you understand the process, the AWS console makes standing up an EC2 instance a breeze.
- Config options: there are plenty of different types of EC2 instances, all geared for specific use cases.
- Documented processes: Amazon White papers are such a great resource when questions arise.
- Default limit: In an EC2 Instance the default limit is 20 per region, you must request for more per region.
- User knowledge: since it as a new technology, getting our admins trained quickly and efficiently has slowed our efforts.
- Cost of support: if you need to engage AWS support the cost can hurt.
- Time saved: We have saved thousands of man hours by the ease of AWS EC2.
- Support Costs: Since Amazon has done a good job of providing documentation, you should be able to get to an answer yourself, without having to engage support, which can be costly.
- Operating Costs: The cost and increased liability of owning hardware is now almost all gone for us.
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.
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.