Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2

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AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud, making web-scale computing easier for developers.

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"Creating Server is Easy Now"

What do you like best?

It provides on-demand computing resources for hosting and deploying the applications. It's really helpfully when we have unwanted workloads and it provide an environment to work in very small time as compared with past

What do you dislike?

The thing which i personally disliked is the instance type as it is rigid because we need to have a new EC2 instance if we want more CPU or RAM.

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There has been a great change in terms of infrastructure as compared to the past. At this point it is very easy to get a new infrastructure for the server and start your implementation in no time. What you think can be implemented in no time and results can be seen. Each and very thing is present or can be installed on EC2 server. We can give access to others with minimum permission level to other members.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is easy to setup a new server and start the new work as there are no time constraint. Usually there are new things which are coming up and to check the probability with the architecture or resources we do Proof Of Concept and EC2 is helping like anything.

Diana F.
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"Fast and secure servers"

What do you like best?

I love Amazon EC2 because since we used it, it has guaranteed great reliability and efficiency in its service. Until today we have not found any failure in their servers and the support offered is really fast and helpful.

What do you dislike?

At first one of the first difficulties we encountered with the service offered by Amazon EC2 is that it was very difficult to predict what was the monthly cost of our instances, although with the use and the passage of time is something you get used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Amazon EC2 guarantees security and an incredible service to host from sites to large amounts of data if that is what you are looking for.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazon EC2 has offered us a great service in hosting different websites that we manage and we have never had any server down. To run any web application the servers are perfect although a little expensive if it require many resources to run.

Faizan Ahmed S.
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"AWS - Best cloud based service provider globally."

What do you like best?

The storage is cheap, versatile. Implementation is time is comparatively very less and is really quick. AWS is comparatively affordable as compared to its counterparts. It is very easy to use. The best part of AWS is their Customer service - they neatly understand your needs and offer the best suitable solution applicable. The Agility - just in a few clicks or just a call can help you in increasing the bandwidth or any other resource needed. Their elasticity and scalability are just awesome, you can really replicate or use the predefined VMs to expand or scale the platform as per your need.

What do you dislike?

The cost can go exceed up to some few lakhs by just one minor mistake. The pricing criteria. If I want to select the region as Mumbai, but the servers in Tokyo seems to be more cheap being not near to me. There are frequent outages and downtime in some of the regions. The options they provide are very vague and sometimes confuses the user.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be it a small organisation or a big one, AWS suits all your needs. if you ever need to scale your infrastructure or reduce it, its very easy. Sometimes you have to face some downtimes but when the service is up, its always available and at great speed.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing physical infrastructure was getting difficult day by day and after a fire incident in our datacenter, we were looking for a cloud service provider. No doubt Amazon was the first name came in our mind. We did a few research and created a team of 3 members. It just took 3 months to migrate our first data center onto AWS Cloud. It's really easy to manage and sustain.

Janaka B.
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"A zero-maintenance, zero-fuss, access-anywhere, pay-per-use Virtual Machine!"

What do you like best?

Renting out their retail platforms' idle capacity, Amazon started a really good thing. Thanks to their initiative, we can now have as many computers as we want, without the overhead or frustration of purchasing, maintaining or troubleshooting them!

Quite fast to start-up and shut-down

Now offers per-second billing!

Blazingly fast in-VM internet connectivity

Close integration with other AWS services - sometimes with free/reduced transfer costs

Ability to snapshot, image and relaunch, reproducing the exact past state of a machine

Tight security, auditing and thorough monitoring

Free tier allows you to run one EC2 instance for a complete year (no downtime)!

What do you dislike?

Having to update the security rules every time your public IP changes, in order to maintain continued access - avoidable by relaxing security group rules, assuming your SSH keys are securely maintained

Missing some very basic yet vital monitoring features - e.g. there is no built-in way to receive a simple alert when your disk is full!

Lack of useful base images below 4GB in size, which means hindering the efficient usage of the free storage (EBS) tier

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Carefully consider the instance type you are going to deploy (hourly rate, network/disk performance, memory capacity etc). Overprovisioning and underprovisioning are both equally bad during the long run.

Try to utilize cheaper alternatives to On-Demand instances, such as bidding-based Spot Instances, for significant cost reductions

Upfront payment for Reserved Instances can yield significant cost savings (up to 75%!) for long-term usage. Check out https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting internal-use services that cannot be provisioned via serverless and other types of deployments

Performance testing (http://esbperformance.org/) of our product stacks, under exact reproducible conditions

Hosting product demonstrations for prospective clients

EC2's low cost, high performance and excellent SLA has boosted our productivity and saved us much of the maintenance hassle over the past several years.

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"Near-limitless flexibility in a cloud VPS product"

What do you like best?

The amount of choices you have with EC2 - you can use practically any operating system-- open-source or proprietary, with any amount of power you want from your hardware. EC2 offers so many options for customization which makes it really easy to scale from prototype to production without having to worry about the platform you're building on.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is a bit steep for new users. The concept of VPCs may dissuade new users who just want to get something up and running quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it, once you get over the initial learning curve the system is so powerful and customizable that you won't need to switch again.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- We no longer have hardware costs; we don't have to buy servers.

- Scaling up to more powerful hardware is easy and can be done on-the-fly with a few AWS CLI commands (or mouse clicks in the console).

- Automated backups of our system images via Amazon's AMIs make it very easy to spin up additional application servers without configuration. Huge time saver.

Michael D.
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"Number 1 Cloud Compute engine"

What do you like best?

In my view amazon ec2 can be considered as the best compute engine which can be customised with whatever hardware and whatever OS you require.Even its free to use T2 micro kernel is capable of hosting a web service and serving hundreds of customers.Its best side is that it is elastic and you pay for what your service uses on the engine.You can easily host a service or a web application in minutes if you have its offline version ready.This are the benefits of using Amazon EC2 instance.

What do you dislike?

It is very good in all prospects,Amazon ec2 doesn't deserve anything to dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yeah it is absolutely a great service from amazon cloud and I would say the best compute engine anyone can have.So guys if you are interested in deploying web services to the cloud and want some quick easy to learn solutions and which can be reliable in every sense then EC2 instance is what you would want to consider using.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Amazon EC2 for deploying cloud based services as required by my clients.Our team develops the whole service in python or any other language depending on the project and client requirements and I dump everything to the cloud and make it ready to use independent web service using Amazon EC2.It is quick easy and worth every penny.

Mitesh P.
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"Truely "Elastic" Compute service"

What do you like best?

- Large numbers of options available for instance type.

- Pricing model is based on per minute pricing, which is great.

- Available with On Demand, Spot Instance & Reserved instance.

- Spot instance is a great option for non urgent but compute intensive tasks.

- Launch Template & AMI are very good options to create similar instances.

- Auto scaling groups are useful for managing peak load.

- Lots of security options

What do you dislike?

- Does not provide any option in AWS Portal to connect & execute commands on EC2 instance.

- Concept of Security Groups, VPC might be difficult to understand for newbies.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Best cloud compute to start with for Dev & Test environment.

Can be scaled vary easily for Production environment also.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Almost all of our servers are migrated to AWS EC2.

- Wide variety of instances are available varying from Memory Optimised, Graphics Optimised, Compute Optimised, etc. & for Dev - Production all type of environment

- Reserved instances are great options for Production environment

- On Demand instance are great for Dev / Test environment

Jay M.
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"Best Compute and Elastic Engine"

What do you like best?

It helps to reduce cost of physical hardware costs, and IT management costs. We can deploy the servers in minutes. The main advantage of this is that it charges on the basis of per second billing so that we dont get much charged also. Also the machine can be scaled up and scaled down easily.

What do you dislike?

The main disadvantage of the EC is that there is no option to connect EC2 instance from AWS Console directly. And also I think if I am newbie in EC2 then it gets sometimes difficult to understand its documentation. You can take someone's help can easily learn that instead of docs.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is very cost effective with different On-Demand, Spot Instances & Reserved Instance. And most important of all it comes with Amazon's Security and Reliability.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazon EC2 was very helpful in removing existing Physical In House server with Cloud based Scalable Virtual machines that is available all the time. It did not only reduced the h/w work but also stress of maintaining them by our IT team.

Volodin A.
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"Computation resources in the cloud"

What do you like best?

EC2 provides a diverse and flexible tool and interface to allocate and use various types of computational resources. It is kind of cheap to rent a super computer power for a hour comparing with buying a powerful server to perform a hour of heavy computations. Isn't it? Amazon EC2 allows to utilize pay as you go principle applied to cloud computations.

What do you dislike?

There are too many elements and it is almost impossible to explore and use them all, and then correctly terminate every tiny separate part of them.

It is easy to overlook and miss some small elements while terminating complex systems and only billing will inform of that elements via charging for them

Recommendations to others considering the product:

EC2 is a stable and steadily developing platform that is updated with new features regularly.

That thing considered - do not hesitate to apply for Amazon's free tier that will provide 12 month access to explore ec2.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using EC2 for virtualization and for short gigs and projects that do not last long and used mostly just for testing this or that feature. It is also good to use nvidia GPU instances at EC2 for heavy calculations.

Sujitha S.
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"Hands down the easiest cloud platform"

What do you like best?

The accessibility and the robust nature of AWS in general is the best part of it. AWS has clear documentation that gives step by step procedure and even error troubleshooting options. As a novice learner I found it to be extremely useful and easy to access. Plus I LOVE THE 1 YEAR FREE TRIAL that helps us learn it without spending so much money.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the complex GUI interface. Having worked in AZURE before I felt that it was a bit more complicated to access few things although the implementation was pretty much simple. I think AWS should work more on its design and make things even more clear on the portal.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have any doubts or errors immediately learn the documentation that amazon provides for aws rather than any other online source. Its simply the best straightforward option there is.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to deploy several EC2 instances, learn load balancing concepts and create databases that will store employee details in the cloud. We have also programmed ALEXA and AWS together. We are now able to access the billing information, EC2 instances health monitoring just by asking few programmed questions to alexa which will collect detail and answer the information present in the portal.

Johnny C.
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"Quality service"

What do you like best?

With AWS EC2 you can manage a large number of servers in the cloud with great capacity and at an incredible speed. This service has become a very useful product for us since it has allowed us to store all our files and execute a large number of applications in each of the instances that we manage to improve our autonomy and efficiency.

What do you dislike?

The only complaint I can have is that sometimes their servers can be really expensive but the quality of the service offered makes up for it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before we could use this service, we had to configure our own servers and constantly monitor them, which meant that we lost a lot of time. Now with AWS EC2 we can assign, direct and configure instances according to our needs easily and simply.

Apurv P.
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"AWS EC2 Review"

What do you like best?

AWS EC2 provides scalable compute capacity on Amazon Web Services Cloud. The good thing about EC2 is it provides per-configured templates for instances, known as Amazon Machine Images. User can save the machine image, make a replica of image etc. EC2 provides various configuration of CPU, Memory Storage and networking capacity. EC2 comes with free tier, after which user has to pay per hour.

What do you dislike?

EC2 is very expensive once user exceed free tier limit. User has pay additional charges for storage on the instance.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

AWS EC2 is capable of providing huge compute capacity and eliminates your need to invest in hardware up front, so you can develop and deploy applications faster.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We created hadoop clusters on ec2. we used 3 slave instances and 1 master instance. We have used this to run various distributed computing such as word count on large data etc.

Ronak P.
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"Perfect Elastic Service for Cloud Computing"

What do you like best?

- Large variety of machine configurations available.

- Suites for all need, i.e. CPU optimised, GPU optimised, memory optimised, etc

- Many options available for operating system

- Comes with different operating systems images with many software available pre-installed

- Many security options available like Security Group, VPC, etc

- Pay Per Minute mode available

What do you dislike?

- AWS Console should provide terminal / power terminal within console it self, so user can control all machines from browser itself

- Prices of EC2 varies a lot in different regions, In some region price of a machines is almost double

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly Scalable & Reliable service for moving infrastructure to cloud

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All our Development, Test & Production instances are running on EC2

We do not have to worry about scaling of Hardware

Judy B.
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"Excellent service provider in the cloud"

What do you like best?

EC2 is a quality cloud service at an excellent price and that offers multiple functions. Of the things that I have always liked about EC2 is the extremely high speed of its servers and the quality of its support although I have never had any problems with any of its servers when I get in touch with them, they respond quickly.

What do you dislike?

In the beginning, the user interface is really confusing because it has so many functions. I used to get confused easily, which complicated things when I started using this service.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to try their servers offer a free trial. Try them and you will surely like their service.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since the implementation of EC2 we have been able to reduce the internal cost of IT for the maintenance of the physical server

Shyamal S.
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"Best Compute Engine and Cost effective"

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 is a compute engine for cloud which can be integrated with your web app and can be used for computing.It provides linux interface and supports almost all types of programming languages so that you can use it more flexibly.The services through ec2 can be launched when required which is a great thing.It has many other best functionalities like secured,scalable and cost effective.The cost is calculated on the resources used and so you pay only for what you use so it is very much cost effective.

What do you dislike?

I have been using amazon ec2 for almost all of my projects as a compute engine and serving best backend for my webapps and services,so I have nothing to dislike about ec2.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend using amazon ec2 instance for computation requirements as a backend cloud service for your web apps.It is having linux interface and can be easily integrated into your app.Also it has support for a variety of programming languages which can be used as a backend service.It is also supports usage of GPU for your compute engine and also it is cost effective because you have to pay only for the resources you use or being used by your webapp or service so I recommend using amazon ec2.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using amazon ec2 for almost all my projects as a compute engine as a backend service to my projects.It has linux interface and can be remotely accessed from anywhere.Also if the project requires minor computation then it is almost free so it is cost effective and this is one of the reason for using ec2 instance for computing.

Nicholas M.
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"Flexible, unlimited but somewhat confusing to implement at first."

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 allows you to easily scale and use cloud servers to host your code / servers. We used it as a place to host websites along with preform various tasks and computing that we could have running in on a server. The simplicity of being able to spin up an instance makes using AWS EC2 that much better.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve for using AWS EC2 is pretty high considering that you practically need to become dev-ops yourself. This means that you must take care of updating and maintaining the code within the server yourself which could get annoying

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If your company is looking to easily implement servers with minimum cost and application than AWS EC2 is the way to go!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting servers is expensive and unreliable if you do it yourself. Amazon Web Services EC2 allows us to use servers without having to worry about up-time or maintaining a server block.

Joshua R.
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"Good Business Oriented VPS"

What do you like best?

EC2 is cost effective and allows me to manage servers easily, once a few concepts are in place. The ability to take snapshots of my servers and replicate them quickly allows me to make server-breaking changes without losing progress, and I can replicate servers at the drop of a hat.

What do you dislike?

AWS wraps network concepts with their own UI conceits, if you're not familiar with the base concept, you won't have an easier time with theirs.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

EC2 is part of an ecosystem of AWS services and you won't find it easy to integrate it with other things. You'll be strongly incentivized whether you desire to or not, to move things onto AWS that are not easily removed from there.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We hosted our website from EC2 for a while, now we host a couple command&control servers for managing the containerized version, in addition the containers themselves are hosted on ec2 instances.

Steven D.
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"My preferred cloud provider"

What do you like best?

We use AWS for cloud processing for some of our genetic data when our servers are overloaded. We like the availability of the EC2 cloud, and have several AWS certified engineers in the office so it is a great fit. Having an On-Demand server when needed keeps our costs down as we don't need to buy hardware that ends up idling.

What do you dislike?

AWS is extremely complex. Over time this has improved, but the sheer volume of services that exist in the AWS ecosystem makes it hard to get started, if you don't have experience. EC2 on its own isn't that bad -- but the technology constantly evolves as services are added and these are sometimes needed to be able to efficiently use the EC2 service (S3, EBS, Elastic Network, etc). Therefore this complexity does affect your experience with the EC2 instances. Plus a lot of work is done through the web console (which is crazy complex given all the services Amazon has created).

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are willing to do the work to familiarize yourself with all that AWS has to offer, you will maximize your efficiency and costs with EC2. This is well worth the time investment, IMO.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Overflow computing without the need for buying additional hardware.

Lynn T.
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"Excellent tool for quickly deploying development environments"

What do you like best?

Instances can be turned on and off at will, saving money for those projects that have a lot of start and stop in them. The lambda automatice backups make it very easy to create a recovery procedure. And creating new instances from an existing instance AMI is awesome when we need to create a duplicate project.

What do you dislike?

The admin panel can be confusing to navigate if you ever decide to go beyond the things you already know. And the billing dashboard is a nightmare if you want to try figuring out where your costs are. The costs are also confusing and would be better if they could tie costs per instances or even per client.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Spend time watching tutorials on billing and the dashboard

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Development for 3rd party clients . . . we've been able to build them scalable systems that are easily migrated to a live platform without having to find OS related issues during migration. We are also going to use EC2 for easily deployed platforms for a new SaaS software we are releasing. The ability to automate most of the deployment is a pretty big deal also.

Catherine C.
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"Quality service and attention"

What do you like best?

The storage capacity is quite broad and you can transfer files quickly and practically unlimited. The customer service is very attentive and they are always available to answer any questions you may have about the service, so you are always well looked after.

What do you dislike?

The trial version is very limited, it is not complete enough to have an estimate of the true potential that AWS EC2 offers in its paid versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

In order to get an idea of the true potential that this service offers, it is necessary to acquire one of the payment plans.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used AWS EC2 to store files and data due to its loading speed and to host some of the websites that make up our brand.

Dorothy B.
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"Better cloud storage service"

What do you like best?

AWS EC2 offers a wide variety of Windows and Linux servers where you can choose the one that suits you best. It is very easy to run any server and the best thing of all is that you can run a micro instance without any cost.

What do you dislike?

The AWS ec2 interface is very outdated and lacks any guidance that can facilitate the learning of the platform quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend in the beginning test the micro instance which is free and in this way adapt to the platform.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently running all applications within this ecosystem and we are really satisfied with the service. Although our applications do not require a lot of resources with AWS EC2, we can run them without any problem.

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"It gets the job done for far less of a cost"

What do you like best?

Pretty simple to use and inexpensive for the average user. The fact that everything is elastic and you only pay for what you use is nice. No more clunky servers sitting around only getting used at various times and sitting idle the rest of the time.

What do you dislike?

Couldn't learn how to use it as an amateur. Now that I am more developed as a web developer I have a lot easier of a time working with EC2 though. Initially I thought there were too many options, until I had some time to figure out the differences between things.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a try. There are a lot of free trial benefits and a ton of tutorial videos and walkthroughs available online. I have learned how to do a few things for my personal projects, as well as what I have been shown and developed for my full time job.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloud computing. The whole idea of using load balancers to distribute our system loads has saved us a ton of money in server costs.

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"One of the best compute platforms in the world, period."

What do you like best?

The flexibility, performance, and reliability of the platform. Every service on Amazon Web Services that you rely on is backed through the Elastic Compute Cloud service, the very core of everything. Many peripherals through this service is also really helpful in terms of germinating your compute cluster.

What do you dislike?

You can't dislike something as 'EC2', however there are a few setbacks for Load Balancing in this service. You can't choose balancing algorithm, as an example. One other thing is, is actually the principle in this platform, is in terms of hourly prices in this service, they never give you any discount, except Reserved Instances. So, it is what it is, reliable performance for the money it deserves.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

VPC planning must be correctly done before deploying EC2 services.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We deployed our Kubernetes workers as EC2 and it has been working great so far. All of our other components than microservices that we have are also placed in EC2's.

David H.
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"EC2: If you're going to use cloud services this is the one."

What do you like best?

AWS is the benchmark for cloud services. Its ever expanding collection of services connected to and that use EC2 make it kind of a no-brainer choice for putting your services in up in the cloud

What do you dislike?

Despite almost a decade of use, AWS EC2 is still really an expert-=only system. You are not going to just "stand up a few instances" and call it a day. It's a very powerful system and to get the most out of it and not to waste tons of money, you will have to learn a lot about the system and use it correctly. Worse, just because something is in the cloud doesn't mean that it somehow is magically backed up or is redundant, has failover or CDN support, etc. You can haver all those things and more with AWS, but you have to implemented them on the provided building blocks or make use of Amazon's own packages services (like their RDS data base services)... which of course, is a value added service.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

- Understand your server and data needs before trying use AWS; you cannot just fire up instances

- Understand your data I/O requirements - sending data across AWS or over the Internet using AWS can get quite costly.

- If you do not have top-notch sysadmins with AWS experience, hire a consultant; this is a set of lego-blocks for building infrastructure that cots by the minute. It adds up!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Server virtualization

- CDN access/support

- Distributed databases

- Distributed/redundant databases

- On the fly server capacity/scaling

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"Great service!"

What do you like best?

Amazon Ec2, is a powerful service in the cloud, which allows you to use different virtual operating systems. Your cloud service is very advantageous because it allows you to store or backup valuable information about your company or staff.

EC2 allows you to choose and configure each virtual system (memory, hard disk, processor and operating system). It allows you to try your free service for 12 months.

What do you dislike?

I consider Amazon EC2 a very reliable and effective solution, I have not had any problem for which I stopped using the service.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is important to be clear about your needs when using Amazon EC2, since depending on your requirements there are different virtual machines with different technical characteristics, in this way you could save more money or you could make the most of its functionality.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to Amazon EC2, it has allowed me to save valuable information that will be used later, and it has also allowed me to make some

tests of some softwares thanks to its great download speeds

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"fast Support, Great Customer Support"

What do you like best?

The speed of the servers, are extremely high and always up, in the time I've been with Amazon, my servers never went down for a single second. the support is great, I had many troubles while setting up my server as well as the internet connection associated with the server went down, the support team replied quickly and fixed the issue within minutes, really impressive. the servers are quite easy to setup and many options to configure them as you need. they offer a free trial with credits enough to run their servers up to a period of 1 year. I got into the platform with the free credit I got and really impressed by the performance of the servers. another great thing about Amazon is that they give access to the platform through SSH which can be helpful. also, you've got a chance to backup your data so you're safe even if the server went down.

What do you dislike?

the interface is really complicated and at first, it was almost impossible for me to navigate and usually end up at wrong pages frequently. the payment after the first year trial isn't cheap and there are several cheap services out there who provide those specifications at a very cheap rate.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

they are fast and the support is really good. if you wanna test their servers, they also offer a free trial. try them out and decide for yourself.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Run Cloud Severs to develop and test applications.

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"Best Performance in the Market"

What do you like best?

Amazon AWS grants you a free trial which enough to try their cloud platform free for 1 year that includes the EC2 platform. the EC2 platform allows you to Create servers instantly with a lot of customization options for ones need.there are a lot of server locations all around the globe with multiple servers locations in reach country which help you to select the nearest and fastest server for you and thus increasing the connection speed. they also give API access to every severs which is a great feature looking from the developer's point of view. the security provided by Amazon is really incredible, each virtual cloud is private cloud which is isolated from other ones and encrypted for privacy. the performance of the servers are incredible, they are extremely fast, I run a PHP script in their server for almost one month continuously at a high CPU rate, the program only crashed ones in the whole period, which is great considering the specifications of the server. the support is also great, they are there to help 24/7 to any query starting with the setup. the live chat option is really great very responsive.

What do you dislike?

the pricing after the trial can be a burden for a normal user even thou you could go for long-term plans and save on server costs. the interface is too complicated, there are a lot of options and really hard to navigate through.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

they got a free trial, try yourself and decide.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing and testing applications on the cloud server.

Ira h.
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"One of the Best Cloud Service"

What do you like best?

the pricing is really great, I mean it's really affordable. in fact, i got a one-year free trial with Amazon and find its performance really impressive. the servers are pretty fast and respond really fast. another great thing about Amazon cloud platform is the security provided, not only to the account but to the data as well. they do regular backups and keep your data safe in case of a server fail and i find it really useful as a developer. amazon's customer support is great, they have live chat option and responds to your queries in seconds. not just they respond but are also technically capable of fixing your issues within minutes. they provide servers in multiple operating systems all across the globe so you could choose according to what you need. there are also a wide variety of servers available from you could choose what best suits your need.

What do you dislike?

the user interface is really confusing, I mean there are a lot of stuff and features in there that you could easily get lost. i personally find it really hard to navigate through the site.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

its one of the most popular and best service out there. must try

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running virtual machines and develope your applications

Darrell M.
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"Add Flexibility, Versatility, Security With Amazon EC2"

What do you like best?

I love the possibility of adding different volumes to the EC2 instance. Great variety, there are different types of instances of EC2 that fit various purposes. like Linux, it's fantastic.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not very intuitive. Amazon support is not available without paying a premium for it. but they are small details.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is great for development firms and larger agencies that provide managed hosting because the infrastructure is reliable and secure and it is much easier to manage costs when deployed and scaled at will.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Amazon EC2 we solved the problem of high availability when used with a load balancer, We were able to easily implement multiple configurations from the panel with the simple click of a button. EC2 is based on Linux, therefore, if you understand Linux, it facilitates the use of EC2. It's economical, We could actually scale at a fraction of the cost of hosting a real server and we have not experienced any downtime since we switched from fixed host provider.

Mithun M.
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"Best IaaS platform for reasonable rate"

What do you like best?

1. Ability to configure the server with whatever I need.

2. Admin access.

3. Load balancer and scalability

4. Auto-scale instances (can disable auto-scale whenever I don't need)

5. Support for FTP like FileZilla

What do you dislike?

1. Setting it up is tedious. (Get public/private key, SSH using Putty etc.)

2. Difficult to understand at first about how it calculates instance hours.

3. Difficult to use Docker (need to use ECS service to deploy using Docker, cannot do it without that)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be aware of the initial setup procedure - It is time consuming. Also, try GCP PaaS if that satisfies your need, if not and you need IaaS then EC2 is the best you can get in market right now.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Getting rid of server rooms.

2. Enhanced scalability

3. IAM management provided out of the box by AWS

Fisher O.
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"Security and good service"

What do you like best?

I like Amazon EC2 because it has a large number of options available to configure the instances. The configuration of each instance It is really easy and simple with guided steps that facilitate the understanding of the user interface.

What do you dislike?

The model of payment for the use of the service tends to confuse in many occasions when not being able to know exactly what budget I should has.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Amazon EC2 guarantees security and an incredible service to host websites with a large amount of data.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazon EC2 has offered us a very efficient service to store and manage the websites that make up the catalog of products and services we offer our customers.

Sabitha M.
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"Experience with Amazon Elastic Compute cloud"

What do you like best?

The best with Amazon EC2 is running the instances on cloud without purchasing hardware , use the instance as required , stop the instances and terminate once work is done. This is the best service offered by Amazon to invest on Infrastructure based on the need and pay for the usage. Selection Operating system has been made easy for EC2 based on Amazon machine images. User can select preferred operating systems e.g Windows,Linux flavors like RHEL,Ubuntu,SuseLinux, CentOs, WIndows of different versions 2012, 2016 . Another best feature to amazon ec2 is through private key. And this private key is unique and with respect to the user. No other user can be able to login to the others ec2 instances without key. It is safe to keep applications up and running.

Storage volumes will be deleted when ec2 instance is stopped. Data cant be retrieved or given for other users unlike desktops or laptop one can retrieve data. Data is stored in Elastic block Storage where retrieval of data would be faster when compared to block level storage. User can extend storage and compute capacity just by editing the Instance action. User can easily navigated through user interface provided by AWS which is easily understandable. Security groups is best feature for amazon ec2 to restrict access from outside world. User can provide list of IP for inbound access and outbound is by default to internet. User can specify which protocol,IP and ports to access EC2 instances

Users can recognize their EC2 through tags. 50 tags can be applied to one instance and uniquely filtered for patching through configuration tools

What do you dislike?

Key can not be updated once EC2 is started and in running state. To update new key user has to terminate the instance and apply or he can use cloud formation template.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Recommended for people who wants to reduce the cost on Infrastructure and without physical machines and waiting for long procurement procedure for hardware and accessories of hardware

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has solved infrastructure problem

Easy to restrict access through Security Groups

East to assign roles for instances so that give permissions to instances

Easy to add more storage and compute capability in seconds without waiting for physical hardware

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"It just works"

What do you like best?

The best in EC2 is that it just works and give so much things out of the box.

The whole AWS Ecosystem is giving infinite possibilities.

The EC2 machines are very reliable, fast to setup and have a lot of configuration options.

It's great for scaling.

What do you dislike?

It's a bit expensive especially if you want to scale it (one instance per service).

The ecosystem is so complex that it takes time to understand how it works and how to manage it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The setup is a bit complicated and really requires a lot of learning, but one should not get discouraged. It's worth every minute spent on learning. I would also recommend look for an automation tools that can work with AWS (like Terraform or Cloud Formation) because working with the Amazon Console is a little annoying.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All our infrastructure is on top of AWS, and it's heart is EC2. We are using several EC2 instances for redundancy. It also helps us making easy backups of our systems.

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"EC2 for stateless Wordpress"

What do you like best?

- Easy to setup and work with

- Can auto-scale horizontally with minimum configuration and based on metrics (e.g. number of requests being received, CPU load etc.)

- CloudWatch dashboards is great for end-to-end application monitoring

What do you dislike?

- The Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) frontend to the EC2 instances is flaky. It is not mentioned clearly that the load balancer needs to be "pre-warmed", as per Amazon lingo, in order to accommodate spikes in traffic, which is counter-intuitive and, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of having auto-scaling in the first place.

- As far as auto-scaling goes,

- Expensive, unless you opt for the spot instances option

- Pricing is very complicated to communicate to clients

- Tech support is not included unless one opts for a plan

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The major thing to consider is the behaviour of your application: are backend services required to respond to heavy spikes in network requests or to continuous, smooth traffic? My view is that for the latter, EC2 can be a great choice. However, be prepared to explain the complicated cost structure to your clients as well as potentially face high usage costs, depending always on your use case.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The goal was to have a stateless Wordpress installation, as described in the "WordPress: Best Practices on AWS" whitepaper (https://d0.awsstatic.com/whitepapers/wordpress-best-practices-on-aws.pdf). Although we followed the guide to the letter, the end result was frankly disappointing, mostly due to performance issues with the ELB and EFS.

Hanif H.
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"Cloud computation made simple and easy"

What do you like best?

Amazon ec2 instance is the most used cloud compute engine by cloud developers.It gives you to choose everything right from the hardware till the OS and make your own configuration.You can even set the traffic rules and limit traffic from any location.Using ec2 to deploy any web service with python backend is quite simple and most use method to create API's and webservices through amazon ec2.

What do you dislike?

No it is a very good cloud compute engine.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend amazon ec2 to all the cloud developers for deploying web services and api's on cloud with least effort and use the professional features provided by amazon ec2 with least cost compared to similar services by other cloud providers.Its really a good solution to look for.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used amazon ec2 for many of my client's project where we had to deploy the cloud services on cheaper cloud solution to get all the features and the amazon cloud has the best uptime and the management console for engine is also user friendly so I prefer using amazon ec2 for cloud deployment,

KEHINDE A.
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"Best Virtual Private Computer Service Ever"

What do you like best?

Easy to set up, Stable IP, high Speed bandwidth and high security level.

What do you dislike?

To be frank, nothing really, just that I do not like the way I have to regenerate the login user ID each time I shut down the Virtual computer. Aside that, every other things are fine by me.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend EC2, with it you can get a lot done. For instance, you can have a powerful server that serves you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can start by testing it out with their free tiers and then upgrade whenever you wanted.

You do not have to create another instance in other to upgrade as all you needed to do is to adjust the configuration of your system to a desired set and the effect is instant.

You can have up to 8GB Virtual RAM, and you can have far more than that. It all depends on you.

Finally, it is pay as you go. If you are using it to manage a software like me all you have to do is to put it on when you needed it and put it off when you no longer need it. Note that, you only pay for what you use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running of Software, File Backup, Sending emails and testing applications.

Martin B.
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"Best Hosting server"

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 is the infrastructure as a service that provides you with the high end configuration that you require for your cloud server and the OS that you require for the cloud server.Using it is very easy and also it can be easily connected through ssh and you can deploy any web service like a service built in python+django and have it running easily.

What do you dislike?

No it is a very good service from amazon and using It you can easily setup your cloud server so it has nothing to dislike about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is definitely one of the best hosting server for web services and also it gives you a free trial for a year.Go and try it and you will definitely like it and will feel that its very easy to host a service using Amazon EC2.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Amazon EC2 to deploy web services built by me for my clients on the server and as it is scalable I can use single instance for all the web service that I have and the bandwidth is also scalable so I just have to pay per the usage and so it is a very good service.

Mengen G.
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"Ground breaking service for server infrastructure implementation"

What do you like best?

Before Amazon EC2, if you want to build website, you have to buy physical servers and configure them by installing all kinds of software and you have also need to make sure the power is on with UPS. You basically take care of everything. Later when things became better, you can rent servers from other companies by paying them to take care of your servers. You can buy VPS and what you need to do then is to just to configure the software. But still, you have to take care of your servers. If you need more, you need to buy more and add them to your network. It is not scalable. Now, with Amazon EC2 service, you can simply set up a server in few minutes. And it comes with all network, security setting configured. This saves server team tons of time, and money for the company. The best thing about EC2 service is you can scale up and down according to your needs. You do not have to worry about your company do not have enough computing power during peak time, nor worry about the waste of buying more servers than you need. Overall, it is a revolutionary service you can definitely use for your company.

What do you dislike?

Everything is good. I have not found anything I do not like.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For small or big company, EC2 is the right choice for servers.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Servers! It can scale up and down. And I do not have to take care of the physical servers.

Christian T.
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"A reliable and credible way to get a VM server"

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 is reliable, the panel has plenty of options, there are lots of images available, and since it is such a widely used service, there is plenty of documentation and tutorials available online.

What do you dislike?

The pricing is a bit expensive. Everything starts to add up when you factor in IP addresses, storage, data transfer, etc. The panel is also very intimidating at first so you really have to take your time in learning how to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a fully customizable solution and you are an experienced server administrator who knows what you're doing, Amazon EC2 is a reliable and widely adopted platform that will serve you well. If, however, you are just getting into VMs or want a simple to use solution, I would highly recommend trying Amazon Lightsail, DigitalOcean, or Vultr instead.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazon EC2 helps us achieve reliable hosting for our websites. We have dealt with many smaller web hosts in the past that constantly have issues with outages or other reliability problems. Amazon AWS is rock solid and we have never had a single issue with the EC 2 instance.

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"Cloud Computing at its finest"

What do you like best?

I have been using AWS now for about 6 years and I love it, spinning up a server takes minutes. I use AWS to host a mail and as a cloud server, the uptime is incredible, AWS say uptime is 99% i have always experienced 100% uptime

What do you dislike?

It is really hard to dislike anything about AWS but if i had to be picky it would be the security groups, it does take some configuration to get your ec2 instance to talk to your RDS instances. Also if you lose your SSH key then you lose connectivity to your server so you should always store this in a safe place.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to use a nice tool that can be offered in many regions then this should be it! you never need to worry about licencing issues as it is all handled by AWS

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using EC2 gives anyone the benefit to work and deploy form anywhere in the world, you can hire teams all over the globe to work on one single project around the clock.

Prathmesh R.
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"best compute to run web applications"

What do you like best?

EC2 is easy to use. easy to deploy. There are much ready to make instance with the operating system ready in ec2. our company is using it from last few years and its seeming to be solving our needs to host and cloud application

What do you dislike?

if you are not familiar with how the instance work it is very hard to understand. but they have very good documentation to learn from.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are using EC2 to host our web application. the benefits we realized are it seems more easy to configure. easy to take an image . and seems major thing can be handled from the Amazon console itself

Julian A.
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"Best cloud service"

What do you like best?

- Easy to manage

- There are a lot of tools to see the health of the virtual servers

- Support is great

- There are a lot of documentation online

- Availability Zones

- It's a great company.

What do you dislike?

- It could be cheaper.

- there is a lot of terminology that you could be confused

- Support in languages other than English

- I like this service. There are not things that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use the trial versions.

Go to AWS summits to meet with awesome people

Get any AWS certifications

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have almost all our Infra on-premise, that means that we need to manage our virtualization stacks and networking. Amazon EC2 has allowed us to don't worry about those things and only think about our service.

Viraj A.
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"Eliminating long cycles of deployment and hassles with IT w.r.t. Infrastructure"

What do you like best?

Immediate access to infrastructure w/o need to push internal IT team for provisioning of hardware for enterprise applications, less prone for IT goof-ups in terms of computing resource requirements, extremely flexible for changing requirements.

What do you dislike?

Cost compared to other cloud providers, unavoidable but required update management and security patching as EC2 is not a managed service.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy option for security updates, based on AMI used, considering the AMI meta-data to detect or alert possible security vulnerabilities and ability to specify auto-patching in some way.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Critical customer demos, online showcasing to software capabilities to technical conferences audiences all over the world. Critical business applications requiring high HA requirements (and less IT intervention).

Jeffrey S.
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"EC2 is a flexible compute service that provides server capacity on demand at a low cost"

What do you like best?

EC2 offers computing capacity on demand at a low cost. You can select a variety of instance types and pay only for what you use. This is makes it much easier to experiment with new technology without buying additional servers up front. This allows us to test and evaluate software.

What do you dislike?

EC2 makes it hard to change instance specifications and types once the instance is launched. It also does not provide and easy way to import AMIs as container images in ecs once they are built.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is rapidly growing and amazon continues to lower cost of ec2. I would use EC2 for all and any experiments and software testing needed by the your company.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

EC2 provides a flexible on demand compute capability that we need to operate our commercial business.

This also allows our innovation department to test items without the upfront costs of investing in new hardware.

Ryan E.
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"Powerful, Flexible and Affordable"

What do you like best?

The Elastic Compute Cloud on Amazon Web Services puts industry leading technology and unrivalled performance into the hands of any individual or business without demanding a fortune in the process. The ability to easily launch, scale and terminate instances and entire infrastructure all from the click of a button is reason itself for ditching traditional methods of hosting, and when combined with affordable and fair pricing, it really is hard to see past making use of the platform. The integration into other Amazon Web Services such as Route 53, CloudFront and S3 also make the Elastic Compute Cloud a no-brainer when deciding which cloud platform to use.

What do you dislike?

While being a fairly faultless platform, the Elastic Compute Cloud on Amazon Web Services does slightly suffer from a outdated administration panel, that, while providing all the features necessary, can be a little slow to react to instructions. Quite frankly, it just feels a little old fashioned. Of course though, this does little to detract from the overall benefits of using Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud and is definitely no more than a minor annoyance every now and then.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take the free trial for a spin and see for yourself the power of the platform!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We began using Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud to host websites for our clients. We decided to use it for this because we needed on-demand scalability should our clients hosting needs expand, and also the flexibility to easily put new sites up and live within a matter of minutes. These benefits were quickly realised, as we hoped they would be, and since then we have also made use of the platform for hosting some of our internal infrastructure including an off-site Active Directory server.

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"Great tool for cloud computing and other cloud services"

What do you like best?

I did not know that cloud computing was this easily accessible until I used AWS EC2. I started as an amateur programmer and soon had to take on a project using cloud computing. Being intimidated by the term, AWS EC2 however had a small learning curve that got me comfortable with the tool fast and easily. And with all the Q&A threads in the community and good business support, you will likely have somebody to help you even if the problem is just to look at one line of code. The business support is really highly recommended and they will refund you if you don't use up the whole month's service. Also the cost explorer made it really easy to understand where the cost came from.

What do you dislike?

There really isn't anything particular that I didn't like about.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to conduct mass computing that real machines might take too long to compute. Also try to build a web-based software application.

Dan O.
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"Advanced Webhosting at Your Finger Tips"

What do you like best?

Easy access to a vast array of configurable instance types at your finger tips across many different regions. Connects and is configurable by other AWS services, such as Cloudformation.

What do you dislike?

Cost, it's not cheap and it's easy to pickup a pretty high web-hosting bill. EC2 may scale, but my wallet will only stretch so far! The 'ready made' instances of things such as WHM/Cpanel & TableAU are not well maintained.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would reverse the question, why wouldn't you consider the cloud? For early stage small startup projects, the reasons are likely to be cost and complexity of setup. However, for corporate, you're probably best off heading straight to the cloud.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reliable, multi-region web-hosting that is highly available. Ability to use a server to solve a regular complex problem for a short burst of time, and then turn it off to minimise cost.

Bablu J.
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"Easy setup and management"

What do you like best?

- Launch wizards for new users

- Security groups management for ec2 containers

- Extensive Documentation

- Very easy to use for a regular user

- Free trail is very useful for POC's and stuff like that. I used this for validating a small yet full fledged application deployment including RDS and codeDeploy (CD) including s3, security groups etc for free.

Please check the documentation for more details on the free tier though.

What do you dislike?

- While everything is pretty decent and amazing, the UI can be improved a lot. It still has the old days UI and while the services respond quick, the front end doesn't get well with the back end capabilities

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the free Trail products first to get yourself well versed with EC2 capabilities.

The documentation on aws web sites is extensive and very well structured. It helps a lot.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deployment

Cluster management

Web application hosting

Kate from G2

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