About Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to facilitate web-scale computing for developers.

Select a pre-configured, templated Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to get up and running immediately. Alternatively you can create an AMI with your applications, libraries, data, and associated configuration settings.
Configure security and network access on your Amazon EC2 instance. Choose which instance type(s) you want, then start, terminate, and monitor as many instances of your AMI as needed, using the web service APIs or the variety of management tools provided. Determine whether you want to run in multiple locations, utilize static IP endpoints, or attach persistent block storage to your instances.

Key benefits of Amazon EC2

  • Pay only for the resources that you actually consume, like instance-hours or data transfer.

  • The Amazon EC2 auto-scaling feature allows you to instantaneously increase or decrease capacity. It automatically scales up during spikes to maintain performance and scales down during lulls to save costs.

  • Amazon EC2 allows you to select a configuration of memory, CPU, instance storage, and the boot partition size that is best for your choice of operating system and application.

  • Elastic load balancing enables you to achieve even higher fault tolerance in your applications, seamlessly responding to incoming application traffic by providing the amount of load balancing capacity needed.

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    Features

    Total features of Amazon EC2: 64

    • API
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Management
    • Applications Management
    • Approval Process Control
    • Backup and Recovery
    • Budgeting/Forecasting
    • Cloud Computing
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Compliance Management
    • Configurable Workflow
    • Configuration Management
    • Cost Analysis
    • Cost Tracking
    • Customisable Reports
    • Dashboard Creation
    • Data Analysis Tools
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Integration
    • Data Mapping
    • Data Migration
    • Data Quality Control
    • Data Security
    • Data Storage Management
    • Data Visualisation
    • Database Support
    • Deep Learning
    • Employee Management
    • Forecasting
    • Load Balancing Tools
    • Log Access
    • Metadata Management
    • Monitoring
    • Multi-Language
    • Multiple Data Sources
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Network Monitoring
    • Performance Metrics
    • Performance Monitoring
    • Predictive Analytics
    • Predictive Modeling
    • Real Time Analytics
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Monitoring
    • Renewal Management
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Role-Based Permissions
    • SaaS Operations Management
    • Search/Filter
    • Secure Data Storage
    • Self-Learning
    • Server Monitoring
    • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
    • Spend Analysis
    • Spend Control
    • Spend Management
    • Subscription Management
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Training Management
    • Trend Analysis
    • User Management
    • Visualisation
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

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    4.6 /5
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    Value for Money
    4.3/5
    Features
    4.7/5
    Ease of Use
    4/5
    Customer Support
    4/5

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    Carlos alberto G.
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Experience to grow

    Reviewed on 29/9/2020

    I have been able to solve many types of problems, from simple hostings, to applications that have...

    I have been able to solve many types of problems, from simple hostings, to applications that have grown and needed to scale. The configurations are simple for the most part, and you can really grow without the need for large expenses or investments of time in implementing astronomical solutions.

    Pros

    I think the whole EC2 environment is impressive, the set of tools allows for implementations of all kinds and on the scale that is necessary. Currently there are many configuration options, the user interfaces have improved making the use fluid and very easy to understand. All the implementations that I have had to carry out have been fast and the integrations with the existing resources have not been a problem.

    Cons

    In my case, I would like to have some extra tool available to manage the operating system of the instances.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Very good cloud service to host application servers!

    Reviewed on 9/2/2021

    Amazon EC2 has allowed us to host our application server very quickly and easily without worrying...

    Amazon EC2 has allowed us to host our application server very quickly and easily without worrying about the setup process and security measures, as it takes care of that. Amazon EC2 also has a lot of services for server monitoring and the ability to scale up or scale down servers when required which reduces operational costs as we only scale up when there is heavy load & scale down otherwise only paying for what we use. I am happy with Amazon EC2

    Pros

    Amazon EC2 has a wide variety of instances with various operating systems and hardware options to choose from, this ensures that we are able to select the server we need and have to pay only for that which helps in cost saving. It has options to interact with the server via application libraries, command line terminal & its dashboard which helps in managing the server. Amazon AWS also has other products that integrate really well and easily with Amazon EC2 making it the go-to choice for hosting application servers.

    Cons

    Amazon EC2 has a learning curve that a beginner may find difficult to grasp easily & quickly also its dashboard user interface is quite complex with a lot of options and it is easy for someone to get confused and overwhelmed by it.

    Greg B.
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    • Industry: Computer & Network Security
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

    I was forced to leave after 6 years of happy use

    Reviewed on 15/9/2020

    What AWS don't tell you is that on top of your EC2 cost comes a whole range of other hidden costs....

    What AWS don't tell you is that on top of your EC2 cost comes a whole range of other hidden costs. Costs that only creep up after you've been using the product for a long time. Almost as if it has been designed this way.

    Specifically, I ran into trouble with CPU and Disk IO credits. This is not a thing on any other platform. EC2 allows you to "burst" your processing power or disk read/write speed. This is done automatically with no control from the administrator. Once the tokens run out, which is seemingly incalculable, the servers crash.

    The only way to keep the servers up is to keep spending more money by increasing the tokens (by raising the capacity), even though I didn't need the extra capacity. My servers are running perfectly on another provider now, on the lowest capacity instances, with no concept of "tokens" to worry about.

    Pros

    EC2 is so easy to set up. It doesn't require any thought to what is happening "behind the scenes".

    Cons

    It doesn't require any thought to what is happening "behind the scenes". When something breaks, you're on your own (without a minimum $2,000/mo support contract). AWS slowly increase the cost of associated tech with no way to understand why.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Extensible with Plentiful Integrations

    Reviewed on 10/5/2020

    EC2 gives us the ability to automate a lot of our infrastructure installations. Along with the...

    EC2 gives us the ability to automate a lot of our infrastructure installations. Along with the ability to bid on spot machines to make our server costs low.

    Pros

    Amazon EC2 handles a lot of our server infrastructure and has in incredible amount of features to help deploy our products in a fast and scaleable fashion. Having integrations with other software allows us to use EC2 in an automated simple "key-turn" clusters.

    Cons

    The thing a least like about EC2 is how rigid creating resources are. Editing things like machine sizes, flavors, and such is not as intuitive. Along with having different sections/consoles for managing instance configurations like networks or security groups.

    Francis A.
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    • Industry: Banking
    • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AWS EC2 review

    Reviewed on 20/6/2020

    Easy to launch an EC2 instance into different subnets and regions

    Easy to launch an EC2 instance into different subnets and regions

    Pros

    A very user friendly interface. easy to navigate and setup

    Cons

    The free tier eligible instance is just 1gb ram. cant really do much with it

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    Amazon EC2 FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Amazon EC2.

    Amazon EC2 offers the following pricing plans:

    • Free Trial: Available

    Amazon EC2 offers a free tier for the T2 and T3 instances, as well as the new T4g.micro instance. When you are ready to upgrade, choose one of the many pricing options available for your organization.

    We do not have any information about Amazon EC2 features

    Amazon EC2 has the following typical customers:

    2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

    We do not have any information about what languages Amazon EC2 supports

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    Amazon EC2 integrates with the following applications:

    Amazon RDS

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