Amazon EC2 Review

Good virtual applications, excellent scalability and a straightforward setup

What is our primary use case?

Basically, whatever we're trying to do with physical VMs on-premise, we can directly replicate them on Amazon EC2.

What is most valuable?

The solution's most valuable features are the virtual applications and the scalability.

What needs improvement?

The customization and configuration could be simplified.

Updates could be automated and simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is fantastic. It's one of our favorite features.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've never had to contact technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we were using VMware. We decided to use the current solution to take advantage of its ability to scale.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple. Deployment was fast. We could do it in about 75 minutes. It might even take as little as five to ten.

We have about five people handling deployment and maintenance. Mostly, they're architects.

What about the implementation team?

We handled the implementation ourselves.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We're charged depending on the run time, but there are other costs as well, including costs for transactions and storage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated all of the other VM's.

What other advice do I have?

We use the cloud deployment model.

I'd advise others to understand the costs involved before implementing the solution. There are transaction and storage costs as well as running costs.

I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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