Amazon EC2 Features

Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

4.51/5 (45 reviews)

Amazon EC2 Feature Summary

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store
  • Auto Scaling
  • Multiple Locations
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • Elastic IP Addresses
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • VM Import/Export
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS Marketplace
  • Enhanced Networking

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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.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Ben McClure

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

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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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.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Clint Rankin

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

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Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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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.

Rating breakdown

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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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Caroline Smith

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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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Winston Mendes

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
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Sophia Taylor

Verified Reviewer

The most elastic platform available.

2019-08-28

I never had problems with this platform, it is really very complete and useful, it has an extremely high level of security, it also integrates very easily and natively with other aws tools, it is a wonderful multipurpose tool, which can be used with or without the other tools of aws.

Pros

This tool is extremely versatile, serves as a vps, and as a base instance for many other aws tools, it allows me to connect to external aws platforms simply, it has a high level of configuration, customization and security. I can specifically choose each hardware component that is needed according to the needs of the projects, and the platform is ready to use in a few minutes, in addition to having a very extensive configuration panel, with many configurations, in addition to a console, which allows Work through commands directly, without opening the instance, its download and upload speed is very high and quite stable.

Cons

It is difficult for me to think of a negative aspect on this platform, however, what must be taken into account is that it is a fairly complete and complex tool to use, so the learning curve is quite steep.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
Software Engineer (Information Technology and Services company, 51-200 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Really easy to use and "just works"

2018-08-01

Pros

You don't need to worry about everything related to setting up a server - just a few clicks and then you can move on to the specifics of your own application. And you can easily increase or decrease the size of an instance.

Cons

As with some other AWS services, the UI feels a bit clunky and dated.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
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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

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
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Ashish Mishra

Verified Reviewer

Awesome hosting provider!

2019-03-31

At present, I am hosting 2 websites on EC2 and I am quite happy with the experience. 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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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
( company, 1-10 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Comparison

2019-02-17

Pros

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Cons

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Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: GetApp
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Nathan Sichilongo

Verified Reviewer

Cloud Computing at its best with a catch

2018-12-29

Pros

Server Deployment is easy - We use Amazon EC2 for deploying cloud servers for our applications. We have been able to easily deploy multiple configurations from the panel at the click of a button.

Cons

Because of the complicated nature of the Admin panel, it is easy to get lost in features and tools available, so you are better off staying within the areas of the admin area you know.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: GetApp
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Ryan Coe

Verified Reviewer

Amazon EC2

2018-08-24

Pros

Servers of almost any size in minutes. Change the specs up or down, in seconds with no penalties. Geographically redundant

Cons

A lot of their tools and utilities can only be used via cli or api. While i understand most of it is to aid in development of applications of many varieties, there are a few basic tasks ive come across that should have been fairly simple to do, nut i had to write an entire program myself to make it work.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
Consultant senior en technologie de l'information (Information Technology and Services company, 1001-5000 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Cloud solution that works with VMware

2018-09-25

Pros

Amazon has made some new annoncement with Vmware about more integration between VMware solution and Vmware solution.

Cons

It can be difficult to use amazon calculator for new app because network traffic is not easy to evaluate (you pay for outgoing and ingoing traffic).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Joel Brache

Verified Reviewer

The Standard for Cloud Computing

2018-05-08

Pros

I've documented the process, so the next time this happens, I will be able to get back up and running in minutes.

Cons

The biggest con to EC2 is the shear vastness of features, tools, and functionality.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
Jr. DevOps Engineer (Information Technology and Services company, 1001-5000 employees)
Verified Reviewer

One of the best IaaS

2019-03-06

I use it for my personal projects. I host all my websites on it. We also use it at work. All of our company's servers are on AWS.

Pros

I have never seen a down time/failure of any of my EC2 instances. 3.

Cons

There is nothing I can say I do not like. Everything of EC2 has been working great.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Patrick Delgado

Verified Reviewer

Very Impressive Dynamic Platform

2016-01-29

I have been using the Amazon EC2 web services since they deployed it several years ago and I have to admit Amazon is leading not only in the online retail goods sales space but they are now encroaching upon the online cloud space which is very ubiquitous in 2016.

Pros

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.

Cons

Gosh, I have to admit there really haven't been any Cons in my opinion which is why I recommend this app.

Time used: Less than 6 months

Source: GetApp
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David Coallier

Verified Reviewer

Amazon EC2

2016-04-28

You still need to know your way around servers, automation, security, etc but it's very useful.

Pros

Understanding how to deploy for the cloud is essential. Once you know how to do it, you can easily end up with an extremely resilient infrastructure which would have typically required a large investment.

Cons

To use and automate your infrastructure as well as use the other associated products, you will need to be quite advanced in computing technologies.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

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

EC2 decreases significant amount of time to go live!

2019-09-26

We are using EC2 with Elastic Beanstalk for our large web application with both Tomcat and Nodejs apps.

Pros

It also provides you load balancers that you can use it with and you can be sure that your application will scale when needed.

Cons

It is an expensive service full plus. But you can consider that you are not going to need that much of maintenance power so you can decrease your cost by looking from that perspective.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
Children's Program Worker (Individual & Family Services company, 501-1000 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Excellent!

2019-03-09

Pros

this is a great tool to use for renting virtual computers

Cons

nothing that comes to mind; excellent app

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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David Yates

Verified Reviewer

Scalable, Affordable, and Reliable: Amazon EC2 is Still my Go-To Cloud Server Solution

2019-07-11

Pros

AWS makes it easy to spin up a server in almost any size/performance combo needed, so you don't have to overbuy CPU capacity, etc.

Cons

The number of pre-done server combos is in the thousands, and an easier system for searching and finding server images and selecting server settings would be a plus.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer
Verified Reviewer

Good quality machine with room for improvement.

2019-04-12

Pros

Pretty easy to use.

Cons

For some reason, the p3.16xlarge (8 tesla v100 GPUs) machine is outperformed by p3.8xlarge machine (4 tesla v100 GPUs) (tested on multiple GPU supported model). I was using it for ML training and p3.8xlarge was taking 27 to 28 seconds for an epoch where p3.16xlarge was taking 31 to 32 seconds for an epoch even though it is a larger machine !!!!!! It has twice computing power on paper but that does not reflect in actual performance. I am not sure what might be the reason but paying twice but slower machine does not make any sence. I hope they will fix this soon.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
Strategy & Operations Lead (Marketing and Advertising company, 51-200 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Strongest compute capabilities for develoeprs

2018-04-02

Pros

Incredibly easy to get started, great user community, lots of online blog and forum help, relatively well priced.

Cons

A little simplistic and lacks major enterprise features that any large company should look for when purchasing compute.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Tim Li

Verified Reviewer

good APP

2018-08-01

Pros

It is super easy to deploy your solution in the cloud.

Cons

The price is a little high. It requires some learning curve to be familiar with all the features to use.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: GetApp
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