About Amazon EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service designed to help businesses with cloud computing, video encoding, batch processing and big data analytics for developing graphic-intensive applications. Key features include data migration, SLA monitoring, load balancing, log access, network monitoring, configuration management, data security and performance monitoring. 

Teams using Amazon EC2 can manage their network's access permissions, launch instances with multiple operating systems and load them with a custom application environment. The Amazon Machine Image (AMI) provides pre-configured templates, which allow developers to create an image comprising data, libraries, applications, and associated configurat...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10

62 Reviews of Amazon EC2

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.55 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(43)

43

4 stars

(11)

11

3 stars

(7)

7

2 stars

(1)

1

1 stars

(0)

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September 2020

Carlos Alberto from Tarsio SAS

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2020

Experience to grow

I have been able to solve many types of problems, from simple hostings, to applications that have grown and needed to scale. 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

I think the whole EC2 environment is impressive, the set of tools allows for implementations of all kinds and on the scale that is necessary. Currently there are many configuration options, the user interfaces have improved making the use fluid and very easy to understand. 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.

Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

The price commands many times, but in this case the amount of options and possibilities offered by the platform.

Reasons for Switching to Amazon EC2

Poor support and few tools

May 2020

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2020

Extensible with Plentiful Integrations

EC2 gives us the ability to automate a lot of our infrastructure installations. Along with the ability to bid on spot machines to make our server costs low.

Pros

Amazon EC2 handles a lot of our server infrastructure and has in incredible amount of features to help deploy our products in a fast and scaleable fashion. Having integrations with other software allows us to use EC2 in an automated simple "key-turn" clusters.

Cons

The thing a least like about EC2 is how rigid creating resources are. Editing things like machine sizes, flavors, and such is not as intuitive. Along with having different sections/consoles for managing instance configurations like networks or security groups.

Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

EC2 had the most stable APIs at the time and seemed more mature than other cloud offerings.

December 2020

Aakash from Defynance

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Financial Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

December 2020

Great way to deploy products online.

It's a very mature tool from aws and because of that, its easy to find solutions very easily on online communities. 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.

September 2020

Greg from Authwave

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer & Network Security

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

3.0

September 2020

I was forced to leave after 6 years of happy use

What AWS don't tell you is that on top of your EC2 cost comes a whole range of other hidden costs. Costs that only creep up after you've been using the product for a long time. Almost as if it has been designed this way. Specifically, I ran into trouble with CPU and Disk IO credits. This is not a thing on any other platform. EC2 allows you to "burst" your processing power or disk read/write speed. This is done automatically with no control from the administrator. Once the tokens run out, which is seemingly incalculable, the servers crash. The only way to keep the servers up is to keep spending more money by increasing the tokens (by raising the capacity), even though I didn't need the extra capacity. My servers are running perfectly on another provider now, on the lowest capacity instances, with no concept of "tokens" to worry about.

Pros

EC2 is so easy to set up. It doesn't require any thought to what is happening "behind the scenes".

Cons

It doesn't require any thought to what is happening "behind the scenes". When something breaks, you're on your own (without a minimum $2,000/mo support contract). AWS slowly increase the cost of associated tech with no way to understand why.

Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

There was a free tier and, on paper, the prices looked the best value.

June 2020

Francis from Heritage Bank

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Banking

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

June 2020

AWS EC2 review

Easy to launch an EC2 instance into different subnets and regions

Pros

A very user friendly interface. easy to navigate and setup

Cons

The free tier eligible instance is just 1gb ram. cant really do much with it

Reasons for Choosing Amazon EC2

It seema to have the most user friendly dashboard