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.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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    Markets

    United States

    Supported Languages

    English

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    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
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    Features

    Total features of Amazon EC2: 64

    • API
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Management
    • Application 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

    Alternatives

    Microsoft Azure

    4.6
    #1 Alternative to Amazon EC2
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    Google Cloud Platform

    4.7
    #2 Alternative to Amazon EC2
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    Heroku

    4.6
    #3 Alternative to Amazon EC2
    Heroku is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) designed for developers and teams to build, deliver, monitor, and scale...

    DigitalOcean

    4.8
    #4 Alternative to Amazon EC2
    DigitalOcean is a cloud management software designed to help businesses build and launch applications in cloud...

    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5
    (87)
    Value for Money
    4.4/5
    Features
    4.7/5
    Ease of Use
    4.0/5
    Customer Support
    4.1/5

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    Saulo A. Saulo A.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The best PaaS

    Reviewed on 4/11/2021

    I've been using AWS for over 10 years and I don't remember having any problems, except for the ones...

    I've been using AWS for over 10 years and I don't remember having any problems, except for the ones I caused myself. It's extremely reliable, safe and affordable.

    Pros

    Elastic Bean Stalk is a very simple and reliable platform as a service. You can configure various aspects of your application like deploy, autoscaling and database. Lambda is also an extremely useful resource for small service development without having to set up a complete framework for it.

    Cons

    Some functions are hard to learn like IAM for example. Also, managing costs well can be a challenge as there are many options to choose from.

    Alternatives Considered

    Heroku, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure

    Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

    Pricing, Support, Reliability, and Features Available Only on AWS

    Switched From

    Dreamhost VPS

    Reasons for Switching to Amazon EC2

    Previous knowledge of features, pricing and startup program.
    Sagar J. Sagar J.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Get ready your instance with few clicks

    Reviewed on 17/05/2021

    Easy configuration
    Easy to access with go performance
    Easy to customized
    Easy to suspend and...

    Easy configuration
    Easy to access with go performance
    Easy to customized
    Easy to suspend and terminate
    Preferable to go with EC-2 anytime.

    Pros

    AWS EC2 allows you to create an instance i.e Elastic compute within a few clicks.
    For AWS EC2 you do not need to be worried about the installation and partitions and etc configurations.
    Instead of selecting the things you just choose your requirement and get it configured with fully installed Everything within few clicks.
    Here you get save your time
    Here you get to save you money as you have to pay only as you required.
    You have to option as well for free tier to the testing purpose of EC2.
    Even you have to option to choose a flavor as per your requirement
    you can have an option to choose the categories wise instance

    You can just say that: easy simple deployment with EC2

    Cons

    If you have to configure the instance-EC2 you have to pay as per the billing criteria.
    You are not allowed to configured or customized your free tier instance-EC2.
    If you are not paying for your instance-EC2 your instance will be suspended.

    Alternatives Considered

    vSphere

    Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

    Better performance Easy to understand Easy to access cost saving - as pay as use

    Switched From

    vSphere and Microsoft Azure

    Reasons for Switching to Amazon EC2

    AWS EC2 comes with Advanced features Easy to established connectivity with databases, firewalls, VPNs, Easy to install and experience good performance
    Greg B. 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 15/09/2020

    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.

    Isabel cristina C. Isabel cristina C.
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    • Industry: Professional Training & Coaching
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Very robust

    Reviewed on 15/08/2021

    I needed a place to store a video that would the streamed with another service. I managed to do it...

    I needed a place to store a video that would the streamed with another service. I managed to do it but this is not an app for a normal user, you must have the background of an IT developer! My need is solved but It was not worth the time spent to understand how to do it.

    Pros

    I was happy to have an alternative of storage in the cloud.

    Cons

    I really had to study how to use it and make it work!

    Matthew N. Matthew N.
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    • Industry: Information Technology & Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    EC2 Leads the Industry for a Reason

    Reviewed on 17/05/2021

    We've hosted with them for many years. Despite some little drawbacks, we wouldn't consider...

    We've hosted with them for many years. Despite some little drawbacks, we wouldn't consider switching to another cloud provider. A technical project can thrive in the AWS ecosystem, with EC2 as the foundation for server capacity.

    Pros

    Superb pricing. Very reliable. Lots of choices. Great dashboard tools. When connected with CloudWatch, monitoring is great. Tools for networking and security are very flexible. Perfect tool to pull out of the technical toolbox when you need a server.

    Cons

    The variety of choices and configuration options increases the level of complexity. Ideally you know what you're doing before you get started. Windows pricing is a bit steep, but one is better off not running servers on Windows anyways. For paying customers with a certain volume, they need to include a free support level that at least allows bug reporting. We pay them more than $10K/month, and it's crazy we can't even send them a support email or do a chat without paying hundreds more per month.

    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft Azure and DigitalOcean

    Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

    Softlayer was very immature at the time. Compared to what AWS offered, it was like driving a model T versus a Ferrari. I'm sure Softlayer has improved by now, but they were so far behind (and it's IBM after all), that I can't imagine they've come anywhere close to catching up.

    Reasons for Switching to Amazon EC2

    AWS had the most mature and comprehensive offerings at the time. Azure has caught up a lot and has some compelling offerings. But, the AWS ecosystem is still our preference for the best functionality, flexibility, breadth of offerings, and pricing.
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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.

    Amazon EC2 has the following typical customers:

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

    Amazon EC2 supports the following languages:

    English

    Amazon EC2 supports the following devices:

    Amazon EC2 integrates with the following applications:

    Amazon RDS

    We do not have any information about what support options Amazon EC2 has

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