We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"All of my lower maintenance overheads are taken care of. I don't have to worry about it."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the ability to have standard operating systems along with the Windows, Linux operating systems, and their maintenance-free structure, which we prefer."
"The scalability of the solution is fantastic. It's one of our favorite features."
"The Key Management Service (KMS) feature is very helpful for security. It encrypts the data that is being saved. Cloud storage is also very helpful, and it could be AWS S3, which a lot of people use."
"Amazon EC2 is highly scalable."
"The solution is highly scalable."
"The main features of this solution are the ability to integrate multiple AWS applications or external applications very quickly and organize all of them. Additionally, it is easy to use and you can run various programming languages, such as Python, Go, and Java."
"We have no issues with the technical support."
"It is easy to use."
"It's a serverless solution which is the best feature. It helps us because it offers free aspects. From the infrastructure perspective, it helps us manage costs. There is no overhead of estimating how much infrastructure we're going to need. We can focus on building the business functionality that we want to build."
"You can spin up anything instantly without any investment."
"Because AWS Lambda is serverless, server configuration is not required, and we can run it directly anywhere."
"The most valuable feature is that it scans the cloud system and if they are any security anomalies it triggers an email."
"It's not the best of the best because we still have issues with downtime. We still have issues with the cost of storage, with all these different instance styles, and how much it costs. They cost an arm and a leg the higher you go."
"One of the challenges is the AMI upgrades."
"Technical itself could be a bit more helpful, especially when it comes to integration assistance. When we talk to the technical team, often it's some issue with integration and they'll tell us to talk to the other company. Often, the other company will look at everything and not see an issue from their end and then we are at an impasse."
"The customization could be simplified."
"They should fix the key pair name functionality and provide the ability to assign multiple key pair names to an EC2 instance. It is a key pair feature, and it provides you the ability to actually log into the server. It is basically like a password. In terms of new features, it should have the ability to increase and decrease the instance size based on certain times of the day. We should be able to do this without turning off the EC2 instance. Currently, you have to turn it off and then turn it back on. It should also have HTTPS or SSL integration."
"The user-friendliness of the solution could be improved."
"It would be ideal if we could use the solution across different platforms."
"The product could make the process of integration easier."
"We need to better understand Lambda for different scenarios. We need some joint effort between Amazon and the users to have the users identify how they can really leverage Lambda. It's not about Lambda itself; it's about the practice, the guidance. There needs to be very good documentation. From the user perspective, what exists now is not always enough."
"There is room for improvement in user-friendliness. When comparing this solution to others it is not as user-friendly."
"We'd love to see more integration potential in the future."
"The automation with other Amazon products could be better."
"The product needs some updating as far as ease-of-customization and configuration opportunities to work with solutions outside of the cloud."
"For our usage, the cost is approximately $20,000 to $23,000 per month."
"The price of the solution is reasonable and it is a pay-per-use model. It is very good for cost optimization."
"The fees are volume-based."
"Its pricing is on the higher side."
"Lambda is a good and cheap solution and I would recommend it to those without a huge payload."
"AWS is slightly more expensive than Azure."
"AWS Lambda is inexpensive."
"The cost is based on runtime."
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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.
Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate them from common failure scenarios.
AWS Lambda is a compute service that lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. AWS Lambda executes your code only when needed and scales automatically, from a few requests per day to thousands per second. You pay only for the compute time you consume - there is no charge when your code is not running. With AWS Lambda, you can run code for virtually any type of application or backend service - all with zero administration. AWS Lambda runs your code on a high-availability compute infrastructure and performs all of the administration of the compute resources, including server and operating system maintenance, capacity provisioning and automatic scaling, code monitoring and logging. All you need to do is supply your code in one of the languages that AWS Lambda supports (currently Node.js, Java, C# and Python).
You can use AWS Lambda to run your code in response to events, such as changes to data in an Amazon S3 bucket or an Amazon DynamoDB table; to run your code in response to HTTP requests using Amazon API Gateway; or invoke your code using API calls made using AWS SDKs. With these capabilities, you can use Lambda to easily build data processing triggers for AWS services like Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB process streaming data stored in Amazon Kinesis, or create your own back end that operates at AWS scale, performance, and security.
Amazon EC2 is ranked 5th in Compute Service with 5 reviews while AWS Lambda is ranked 2nd in Compute Service with 18 reviews. Amazon EC2 is rated 8.4, while AWS Lambda is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon EC2 writes "Makes it easy to either transfer data as an S3 bucket or increase the drive storage on the server". On the other hand, the top reviewer of AWS Lambda writes "Programming is getting much easier and does not need a lot of configuration ". Amazon EC2 is most compared with Apache NiFi, whereas AWS Lambda is most compared with AWS Batch, Apache NiFi, Apache Spark and Azure Stream Analytics. See our AWS Lambda vs. Amazon EC2 report.
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