If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Amazon EC2, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would recommend identifying the active directory configuration of your clients. The majority of client type integrations will have some active directory involved, and they also have Office 365 now. Getting a better understanding of that configuration will help the solution implementer in using the AWS platform. I would rate Amazon EC2 a nine out of ten.
My advice to anyone considering this is that they need to evaluate if it's necessary to have EC2, or if it is cheaper to run something in-house. It's very important because you don't want to throw money at cloud service providers if you can do it yourself. But the good thing is that cloud service providers take care of all the infrastructure and everything so you don't have to worry about that. It's nice to also have someone else accountable for your every structure rather than employing so many people at your job to do the work. That's the only good side about it. It is easy to learn Azure and all those GCP products. On a scale of one to ten I would give Amazon EC2 an 8. I definitely would not give it a 10. 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. Sometimes performance is an issue because of the kind of incidents that you have. That is why it cannot be a nine or a 10. But because CloudWatch is embedded in it, it lets you know when your system fails by sending you an email. It also has Trend Micro included. I think you may have to pay for it, am not sure. So it has benefits if you use it with other AWS services.
We're just a customer. I'd recommend this solution to others. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I'd rate it at a nine.
Know your use cases. You have to analyze your load and use case before you select a particular EC2 machine. You also need to look into the availability and the stability of that particular version of EC2 that you are going for. Mainly Windows is secure, but Linus and others are difficult to secure. I would rate this solution a seven out ten.
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.