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Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is #6 ranked solution in top Compute Service tools. PeerSpot users give Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling an average rating of 8 out of 10. Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is most commonly compared to AWS Fargate: Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling vs AWS Fargate. Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 74% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 22% of all views.
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What is Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling?

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling helps you maintain application availability and allows you to automatically add or remove EC2 instances according to conditions you define. ... Dynamic scaling responds to changing demand and predictive scaling automatically schedules the right number of EC2 instances based on predicted demand.

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling was previously known as AWS RAM.

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Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
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What users are saying about Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling pricing:
  • "The price of this product could be a little bit lower."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The pricing is not fixed and it is based on usage."
  • "When we want to use more services, we need to pay more. It's a monthly subscription, rather than licensed-based. Pricing or fees for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling could be improved."
  • "Pricing could be a little bit more competitive."
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    Shaamil Ashraff - PeerSpot reviewer
    Architect - Database Administration at Mitra Innovation
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Easy to set up with simple cloud migration capabilities and helpful support
    Pros and Cons
    • "The integration capabilities are good."
    • "The price could always be a bit better."

    What is our primary use case?

    The client had a requirement to make sure there was a specific amount of memory utilization for each of the EC2 instances. When it reached its maximum or a threshold limit. The client wanted the Auto Scaling to scale up more easily to instances onto the system, with all the relevant security configurations, and everything available. That was his business problem. He didn't want to pay a lot at once, however, he didn't want to leave the system in a state that should not be in a position to be unable to handle jobs due to heavy usage or if there is a demand. The client wanted to make sure the demand was met and he wanted to make sure the service that he was obtaining from AWS was not idle.Therefore, we provided the Auto Scaling EC2s. While we designed the solution, we identified what could be the minimum utilization based on the on-prem solution that they had. It was kind of a migration solution. The client had an on-prem environment and wanted to go into AWS in a cost-effective way. To ensure cost-effectiveness, we proposed Auto Scaling, so that if there was a heavy demand for memory, Auto Scaling could start scaling up based on the demand. And then, when the demand is reduced, it would automatically scale down and run on a specific minimum usage so that the cost will be at the minimum. 

    What is most valuable?

    When customers decide to go from on-prem to cloud, they have a lot of issues. For example, once they're comfortable on-prem, they don't want to spend a lot of operational expenses. Amazon services, however, are OpEx; it's operational costs only that you have to pay. Therefore, there is a lot of resistance that could come from the client. However, with Auto Scaling, since it guarantees that you will not be charged for what you are not using, the customer is very happy. That enables people to move into the cloud with relative comfort.  The cloud migration is very easy and problem-free. It's not so complex. We didn't face any issues migrating. It was very fast.  The initial setup itself was very straightforward.  Technical support is responsive. The solution is stable. The scalability is good.  The integration capabilities are good.  We have found the solution offers good security capabilities. 

    What needs improvement?

    We do have some issues sometimes when something is not configured in the correct way. However, users can avoid this type of trouble by being knowledgeable about the product. The price could always be a bit better.  On the ECs, the T2 microservice is the lowest tier. That particular tier could be a little better than what they're offering currently. You cannot do anything at all on that T2 micro. It's a useless tier to have introduced, as you can't do anything at all. You would be able to log in and log off and do some simple features which are already available on that operating system. Yet you cannot install anything. You cannot do anything at all. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for six months or so. 
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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The product is very, very, very stable, even though some instances crashed due to instability here and there. Since it's Auto Scaling, there was another instance that would come up quickly. Overall, however, it was reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is very scalable. Currently, I've worked with two clients that have used the solution. 

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is good. They are quite responsive. 

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    How was the initial setup?

    It was a straightforward setup, however, there were additional test scenarios we had to do, as we had to prove that services will not degrade during the time the systems are scaling up and scaling down. Those kinds of test scenarios took us little time for us to prove it meets their requirements. Apart from that, it was very easy and straightforward.  The deployment doesn't take long, although there were some idle times. If I cut out all the idle time, we completed that project within two weeks.  The deployment could be handled by one person. We have two staff that are not full-time handling it. We wanted some redundancy, which is why we have two, however, you only need one. 

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

    There are no licensing costs. However, there is a monthly service charge.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are a system integrator. I was more of a DevOps engineer on that. In the company that I'm working with, we provide the required staff augmentation to get that solution up and running. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    Venkateswarlu Paturu - PeerSpot reviewer
    Service Delivery Manager / Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Stable, flexible, reliable, and scales up or down automatically according to your requirements
    Pros and Cons
    • "The most valuable features are that it is stable, flexible, and reliable."
    • "The technical support needs to be improved."

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are that it is stable, flexible, and reliable.

    It is pretty good from a scaling perspective, where if the load on the server is too high, it automatically scales up and the load on the server is balanced. When the load decreases, it automatically downgrades.

    What needs improvement?

    The technical support needs to be improved.

    From a usage perspective, it runs well, although there may be a use case where it will break that I have not yet come across.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for several years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is very good. I have used it at the enterprise level for hundreds of users. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    With respect to technical support, there is a lot of good documentation available but the problem is that sometimes when there is third-party integration, support becomes very difficult because they think that the problem is not related to Amazon.

    For example, I tried to integrate with some IoT products, and they support integration with Amazon. When I had trouble, the IoT vendor told me that it is Amazon who needed to take care of something on their side, yet when I contacted Amazon, they told me to contact the IoT vendor. They should have more partnerships and cooperation with other vendors to improve integration overall.

    As a platform, we are expecting a little bit more in terms of support, especially when third-party integrations are concerned.

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

    We did not use another similar product prior to this one.

    How was the initial setup?

    There is no installation because it is already taken care of with a configuration tool by AWS.

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

    The price of this product could be a little bit lower.

    What other advice do I have?

    Overall, this is a good product and I haven't face any issues with it. I plan to continue using it in the future, and I can recommend it to others. My primary complaint is about the pricing.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    ASHOK YADAV - PeerSpot reviewer
    Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Excellent performance, easy to use, quick to install, and integrates well
    Pros and Cons
    • "The Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling features are simple to use."
    • "I would like to see a feature included that has the capability to clone when an instance is being terminated."

    What is our primary use case?

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling helps maintain application availability and allows you to add or remove EC2 instances.

    More than one instance can run at one time. You can start and stop instances at any time.

    It can run with any application. Linux, as an example, can be installed with it.

    Once the EC2 has been created, you can easily log into it.

    What is most valuable?

    The Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling features are simple to use.

    The performance is excellent. It's very easy to use and manage.

    We have no issues with the integration of Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.

    The user data can be initialized during the startup, which is an excellent feature.

    The AMI (Amazon Machine Image) is a helpful feature for the installation process.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see a feature included that has the capability to clone when an instance is being terminated.

    We have a few instances with the internal firewall. If for example, I am going to run Linux, and the firewall is open, sometimes it becomes difficult to debug the issue. Also, when you connect from another device, and if the internal IP address table is not deleted, the firewall will be enabled there. 

    There is no clear understanding of where the issue is. If you connect externally, you have to install SFTP.

    I would like debugging capabilities included.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for more than two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution is used by 1,000 people in our organization.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is good.

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

    Previously, I had not used another solution. I started with AWS.

    How was the initial setup?

    The installation was fine. We were able to install it with the assistance of AMI.

    The installation took less than 10 minutes, but it depends on what you want to install.

    This solution is managed by a team of ten administrators.

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

    Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    It is my opinion that serverless, such as Lambda, are preferred over EC2 instances.

    I would recommend this solution to others.

    I would rate Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling a nine out of ten.

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    Director at TraCoGo Inc
    Real User
    Top 10
    Simple to use interface, helps transition from development environment to production
    Pros and Cons
    • "The monitoring tool is helpful."
    • "When creating a new instance there is a set of questions that have to be answered, and this is something that can be simplified."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using this product within our cloud-based development environment.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the seamless transition from the development environment to production.

    The interface is simple to use.

    The monitoring tool is helpful.

    What needs improvement?

    Ask set of questions like expected number of users, redundancy, up time per day and etc when creating a new instance. This would help the user to choose the right EC2 configurations.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for more than a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We have had no problems with the stability of this product.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have not had any issues with scalability since our implementation.

    In our development environment, we have 20 members. When it moves into production then there will be more than 1,000.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have not been in contact with technical support. They have good documentation and we consult it when we have a problem.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward.

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

    The pricing is not fixed and it is based on usage.

    What other advice do I have?

    My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is to consider their budget in conjunction with the configuration that they need. That is something that you have to be careful with. If it is too high-end of a configuration then you may not use it.

    In summary, this is a good product that I can recommend.

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    Eduar Moran - PeerSpot reviewer
    Consulting Systems Engineer at Fortinet
    Real User
    Helps maintain application availability and facilitates scaling up or down of servers based on needs
    Pros and Cons
    • "One of the most important benefits is that a company can optimize resources because Auto Scaling deploys resources when needed. For example, for Black Friday, a company can deploy 100 servers for a couple of days. When Black Friday is over, the company can delete those servers."
    • "The documentation for this solution could be improved. For example, it is difficult to find documentation for integration with applications."

    What is our primary use case?

    EC2 and Auto Scaling are solutions to deploy computer VMs. When you use Auto Scaling, you have many advantages because the platform is elastic. When your platform requires high performance, Auto Scaling can provide this and avoid replication.

    For clients, I deployed many Auto Scaling solutions for different applications, and currently I'm using Auto Scaling to deploy FortiGate. FortiGate is a next-generation firewall that provides security for AWS in general.

    How has it helped my organization?

    One of the most important benefits is that a company can optimize resources because Auto Scaling deploys resources when needed. For example, for Black Friday, a company can deploy 100 servers for a couple of days. When Black Friday is over, the company can delete those servers.

    This solution makes it easier to provide a good customer experience because if you deploy the right infrastructure, the website will work properly and the user experience will be good.

    What needs improvement?

    The documentation for this solution could be improved. For example, sometimes it's difficult to find documentation for integration with applications. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable solution. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Scalability is very good because you can deploy the infrastructure as you need it. 

    How are customer service and support?

    The customer support for this solution is excellent. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup on the first day was a little bit challenging but with time became easier. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution a ten out of ten. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    Vijay Mehta - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior Manager - SAP at Capgemini
    Real User
    Top 5
    Helpful support and simple implementation
    Pros and Cons
    • "The support from Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is very good."
    • "We have found that the sizing in Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is far off. For example, we will see some at one terabyte and the other one is two terabytes. There is nothing between one and two terabytes. Sometimes it's a struggle if I need one and a half, I still am supposed to pay for two. There are five terabytes, six terabytes, and 12 terabytes, and if I need something at eight or nine, I'm still paying 30 to 40 percent more by taking the one which is 12 terabytes. Microsoft Azure does similar sizes but the gap can be more, such as six terabytes, and the next one is 12 terabytes."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for SAP workloads to the cloud.

    What needs improvement?

    We have found that the sizing in Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is far off. For example, we will see some at one terabyte and the other one is two terabytes. There is nothing between one and two terabytes. Sometimes it's a struggle if I need one and a half, I still am supposed to pay for two. There are five terabytes, six terabytes, and 12 terabytes, and if I need something at eight or nine, I'm still paying 30 to 40 percent more by taking the one which is 12 terabytes. Microsoft Azure does similar sizes but the gap can be more, such as six terabytes, and the next one is 12 terabytes.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for the last three years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have approximately 1,000 using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.

    How are customer service and support?

    The support from Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is very good.

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

    Whatever works for the customer, we are more than happy to provide that service. Some of them may need something in a particular region where Amazon AWS is better than Microsoft Azure, we recommend then AWS. If Microsoft Azure is better, then it's Microsoft Azure.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial implementation was straightforward. The time it takes for the deployment depends on the environment and components, such as the operating system.

    What about the implementation team?

    We have a team that does the support for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution to others.

    I rate Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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    Naresh Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
    Enterprise Solutions Architect at OORWIN LABS INC
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Scalable and stable service for Amazon EC2 instances, but its fees could still be lowered

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for our EC2 instances. To run our application platform, we are using EC2 instances. EC2 is nothing but one machine, e.g. it's a remote machine. We are satisfied with the service, and we are especially good at using the service. We are taking clean servers, e.g. our machines run AWS, and we manage everything ourselves.

    What needs improvement?

    What could be improved in Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is its fees. We are looking to have some discounts on billing.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We've been using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for almost five years now.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is a stable service.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We find Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling a scalable service.

    How was the initial setup?

    The first time we set up Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling was not an easy task. We needed a lot of things first, and we needed to learn a lot, but now we are in a stable position in terms of setting up Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling. We can install it immediately.

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

    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is not licensed-based. It's server-based. When we want to use more services, we need to pay more. It's a monthly subscription, rather than licensed-based. Pricing or fees for this service could be improved.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, my rating for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling is a ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Sekhar Prudhivi - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Stable with good performance

    What is our primary use case?

    I use it for running Tomcat applications to restore the RDS, the database for getting the data. It then generates a UI. 

    I am using it only for practicing purposes. I am trying to test the auto-scale feature and see how it works when we increase any workload.

    What is most valuable?

    It's good performance-wise.

    What needs improvement?

    Scalability can be improved. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for around two to three months. It is mostly for personal practice purposes when I want to learn or practice anything, like research.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I try to do auto-scaling. It sometimes works. At other times, I'm not able to generate that load. I am still testing out my application.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I didn't contact technical support. I just go through the documents.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was simple. It took me an hour to install. 

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

    Pricing could be a little bit more competitive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I haven't explored it that much, so it's only basic use. I would recommend this product. 

    I would rate Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling an eight out of ten. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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