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Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

4.62/5 (91 reviews)

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Amazon EC2 Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Amazon EC2's features:

Anonymous
Software Developer/Build Engineer (Information Technology and Services company, 501-1000 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Very convenient, saves a lot of time and money

2015-09-05

In fact, with no real training on the product, I was able to get a full stack of servers up and running in under an hour.

Pros

A variety of operating systems are averrable and can be bought up at the click of a button. Third party software is also available through amazon marketplace, and most tools can be licensed through AWS and even come preinstalled and preconfigured on EC2 images.

Cons

Monitoring - AWS offers cloud watch monitoring for EC2 instances, but we still found ourselves reaching out to a third party vendor for a true APM solution for the software running on our EC2 instances.

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Ease of use
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Source: GetApp
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Yaniv V.

Verified Reviewer

A must component for anyone working with AWS in the cloud

2021-10-15

Amazon EC2 got us to move our entire platform to the cloud, reducing the need of "real servers" in data-centers, and easing the process of managing, scaling and monitoring the platform's infrastructure.

Pros

After you get to know it, managing EC2 instances in AWS is super easy - the UX is very good

Cons

Sometimes some operations on EC2 instances take quite a while (which might be fine), but except a "loading indication" that doesn't help - you can't really know if the action still takes place or whether it's stuck. A progress indicator (even based on common stats, if can't be really measured) - can help a lot.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Aakash S.

Great way to deploy products online.

2020-12-21

You can integrate ec2 very easily with other AWS tools.

Pros

The AWS ec2 instance is a great cloud platform. It helps you to easily deploy your application, scale up and down based on traffic as per your requirement with no additional cost. AWS also provides free EC2 instances, they very good for POC.

Cons

The dashboard interface is complex, and a little overwhelming for beginners.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Matthew N.

Verified Reviewer

EC2 Leads the Industry for a Reason

2021-05-17

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

When connected with CloudWatch, monitoring is great.

Cons

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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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)
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Very good cloud service to host application servers!

2021-02-09

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.

Pros

It has options to interact with the server via application libraries, command line terminal & its dashboard which helps in managing the server.

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.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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om g.

review for amazon EC2 cloud service

2020-10-14

I like this tool for a numbers of reason but one of most import of it ecofriendly nature as being a computer science student I need to be store in right place so the tool like EC2 cloud is very much helpful for that also any one can learn cloud computing deafly from there about it performance , uses , and also it is one of the trending topics.

Pros

The most important and likely feature of E.C2 cloud i.e. developed by amazon it is a great tool for us to cloud storage as we living in a digital era were everybody want to store there private data in a save space like cloud

Cons

It need much knowledge of cloud computing and data to operate it.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Eric B.

Amazon EC2 is the best option available for those needing massive compute power and great uptime

2022-01-12

For many years, we took in enormous amounts of data from social media networks and we'd run our APIs against them to understand personality, sentiment and emotions expressed in the content.

Pros

The ability to scale up and down our use of the platform is the best feature. We consume thousands of channels of content for ETL and regardless of our ask, EC2 has handled our loads extremely well.

Cons

AWS could definitely do better with some easier means for casually technological teams to make use of the powerhouse toolset.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Tigran K.

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

2021-07-22

I love it. The job is done and I'm using the first year trial. Pricing beyond the trial period is also reasonable and I'm more than willing to pay for this service.

Pros

We use it as a remote Linux server with cron jobs running on it and collecting data from the web, and producing a database for our clients.

Cons

However, there are some third-party videos on youtube that help you to get started.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
Software Developer (Information Technology and Services company, 1001-5000 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Great scalability and less maintenance costs

2019-02-27

Pros

It has great documentation and API. I have never faced any instance failure and efforts of maintenance is very less against dedicated servers.

Cons

I think Amazon should add console access directly.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
(Computer Networking company, 11-50 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Best provider for vps service

2020-10-09

The best service and product for servers online, easy to maintain and monitor.

Pros

Amazon services for new and existing virtual private service. Easy to start new server online in few clicks.

Cons

I think its the best service you can get for vps services. Its so easy to run some servers online in few clicks and run tests on it.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
Product Manager, MindSphere City Solutions (Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing company, 10001+ employees)
Verified Reviewer

Best compute service on the planet

2018-01-10

Pros

1) wide variety in options - compute optimized, memory optimized, network optimized instances 2) wide variety in pricing options - ondemand instances, spot instances, reserved instances, dedicated instances 3) easy to use and administer 4) corse monitoring and fine grain monitoring available 5) integrates seamlessly with other AWS services

Cons

Default limit is 20 instances per region. It could be high for small micro instances. The good news is that you can submit a request for more resources.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Nitin G.

Verified Reviewer

Amazon EC2 - Amazing cloud service

2021-06-12

Also dashboard is very informative and we don't have to manage something else explicitly.

Pros

The best advantage of Amazon EC2 is that we can choose VM according to our requirement and deploy instance on it, and we Pay only when used, so it also reduces the pricing aspect. It is good in terms of reliability and availibilty.

Cons

There are no such disadvantages of Amazon EC2 except that sometimes it goes into deadlock(not frequently), leading to automatic reboot.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Caroline S.

Verified Reviewer

Simple access and no maintenance cost

2019-05-30

Amazon EC2 has made it possible to carry out the implementation of services or applications in the cloud, thus saving time and money and being able to please any customer with their needs and all for a really fair price.

Pros

This Amazon tool is really useful since it has great advantages that is why I like it for several reasons being the main one that is extremely flexible, easy to use, easy to access, requires no maintenance and only pays for what is used, account with an interface that is very intuitive in addition to that in case of having doubts about it provides tutorials or a really compressible documentation so there is no way of not being able to understand its use, also it can be customized to cover each one of the needs that search the user thus being able to host any application, or web service of business or personal interest.

Cons

This tool works very well so finding faults as such is difficult, the only drawback is that locating a support team directly can be complicated but it is not impossible.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Anastasia P.

Verified Reviewer

Reliable cloud server

2020-03-20

It is a good cloud information store. It is stable and reliable.

Pros

The cloud server makes it easier to control your computer resources.

Cons

Interface is a bit complicated for new users.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: GetApp
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Clint R.

Verified Reviewer

Convenient, saves time and money

2018-04-19

Pros

Was easy to set up with no real training.

Cons

Only thing I can say negative is that I feel the vpn pricing is a bit high. Could be more competitively priced. Also it can be cumbersome to figure out where your server is at until you get on the right geographical location.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Ashish M.

Verified Reviewer

Awesome hosting provider!

2019-03-31

I will recommend it to other users.

Pros

You can directly control and check for the amount you are spending in EC2.

Cons

For newbies, it can create confusion as EC2 has so many features and tools. Although they have provided documentation and also youtube tutorials are available, one can benefit from the same.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Carlos Alberto G.

Verified Reviewer

Experience to grow

2020-09-29

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

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
Consultant (Outsourcing/Offshoring company, 10001+ employees)
Verified Reviewer

Not a great software package for providing cloud storage services.

2019-04-18

We have implemented in a project in which we process the data every hour and the client requires to review it hourly for this we used this and we had an average experience with it not good that much and nor bad with it.

Pros

1) We do not require huge memory base for storing our data on cloud storage. 2)Its data processing speed is very fast and accurate. 3)Its cost is also not that much high.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: GetApp
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Justin S.

Reliable, flexible, and capable: just don't get lost in the details

2021-05-06

I haven't had any real problems with it.

Pros

Even better, since EC2 instances can be billed for very short periods of time, you can spin up an incredibly powerful machine for a short time without having to worry about provisioning.

Cons

AWS has a nice cost calculator, but even with that, pricing it out still isn't easy.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Ben M.

Verified Reviewer

Immediate access to unlimited server computing potential

2018-04-23

Pros

EC2 is an incredible service offering unlimited computing power for any server applications, and best of all offering it 24/7 at the drop of a hat.

Cons

The interface is complex and not very intuitive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Winston M.

Verified Reviewer

A great choice for scalable projects.

2019-09-30

It also integrates very well with the other tools of aws.

Pros

What I like most about Amazon EC2 is that it is a tool that has many uses is very versatile and allows me to customize the requirements that I need according to the project that I am developing, I can increase the amount of ram, hdd, processor memory easily from the website, it also has a high level of security, and allows you to manually configure many functions, such as ports, tasks, the control panel from the website is very intuitive and with many features, it also has a command line for more cases specific.

Cons

It is an easy-to-use tool for basic use, however for something more specific it is really complex, the most difficult to learn to use is the console, it has many commands.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Eric M.

AWS EC2 is probably not what you want.

2022-01-06

Of my experience with many other providers like Oracle Cloud, Liquid Web, Azure, Linode, Digital Ocean, AWS is by far the most frustrating and one of the most expensive. I only use AWS when I have a client that demands it or is already locked into it. I never ever recommend it.

Pros

If you're an IT Service provider, or if you own a company for which you want to get funding, name-dropping AWS could give you some additional credibility.

Cons

AWS has every feature you could hope for in an IaaS system.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 11-50 employees)
Verified Reviewer

One of Best Cloud Service Provider

2021-07-30

Pros

This is a very secure, high performing and highly available server.

Cons

Its UI is a bit confusing for the starters and updating the servers takes time as we need to apply every patch manually.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Umair Ali K.

Verified Reviewer

A comprehensive platform with great support.

2020-07-13

it is has a comprehensive solutions for many types of scenarios and the support is also very quick and responsive in helping you all the time.

Pros

it has easy to use user interface. it is very simple to select and setup a Virtual machine if you know all the requirements. the types of available machines are more than enough for any kind of usage. the free trial version is also more than enough to test the platforms capabilities.

Cons

the cost of basic machines are fine but the cost grows very quickly as you get to higher end machines and some of them are very expensive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Adebayo O.

Your Personal Server in the Cloud

2021-06-30

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

Else, you run the risk of exposing your data if not setup correctly

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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