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Amazon EC2 Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Amazon EC2 product overview

What is 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.

Key benefits of using 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.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Training options

    Live Online
    Webinars
    Documentation
    Videos

    Amazon EC2 pricing information

    Value for money

    4.3

    /5

    86

    Price starts from

    No info

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

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    Amazon EC2 features

    Functionality

    4.7

    /5

    86
    Total Features63 13 categories

    Most valued features by users

    API
    Reporting/Analytics
    Third Party Integrations
    Activity Dashboard
    Monitoring
    Reporting & Statistics
    Data Import/Export
    Real Time Monitoring

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    Amazon EC2 users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6

    /5

    86

    Positive reviews

    91%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.76/10
    Rating distribution

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    Pros
    Very convenient, very good. I really like their customer service, they are great and very very helpful.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    I really like their customer service, they are great and very very helpful.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    I've been extremely impressed with Amazon's open source integration into virtually all other services especially e-commerce which is why I recommend this app.

    PD

    Patrick D.

    Cons
    EC2's billing flexibility is a downside in that it's very difficult to give "off the cuff" estimates for how much a given EC2 setup might cost.

    JS

    Justin S.

    Sometimes it gets into deadlock state from which itself restarts it and we have seen the erasing of the data.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    Really it's difficult to remember a time before EC2, getting a new hardware instance was typically weeks or months of effort, now it can be done in seconds.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

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    Overall Rating

    Takes some time to figure out, but ideal for the job to be done

    Reviewed 23 days ago

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    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    EC2 Leads the Industry for a Reason

    Reviewed 5 months ago

    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.

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Get ready your instance with few clicks

    Reviewed 5 months ago

    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.

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    • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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    I was forced to leave after 6 years of happy use

    Reviewed a year ago

    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....

    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.

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Your Personal Server in the Cloud

    Reviewed 4 months ago

    Overall, Amazon EC2 was amazing both for learning the ropes of the AWS universe and for testing, and/or deployment of a new application in the cloud without going through the hurdle of buying and setting up a physical server

    Pros

    The ease of being able to spin up a server with a few clicks and under 5 minutes puts Amazon EC2 as the go to instance during testing and deployment of an application. You can basically scale horizontally or vertically as required which is more preferable when compared to on prem

    Cons

    You need to be well vast in computer security and a few basic concepts about a server to be able to properly configure the instance. Else, you run the risk of exposing your data if not setup correctly

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Very good cloud service to host application servers!

    Reviewed 8 months ago

    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.

    Amazon EC2 FAQs and common questions

    Amazon EC2 has the following pricing plans:
    Free Trial: Available


    Amazon EC2 has the following typical customers:
    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business


    Amazon EC2 supports the following languages:
    English


    Amazon EC2 supports the following devices:
    Android, iPhone, iPad


    Yes, Amazon EC2 has an API available for use.


    Amazon EC2 integrates with the following applications:
    Amazon RDS

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