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Amazon EC2 vs Clever Cloud: What are the differences?


In this comparison, we will explore the key differences between Amazon EC2 and Clever Cloud, two popular cloud computing platforms.

  1. Scalability and Infrastructure: Amazon EC2, being part of Amazon Web Services (AWS), offers a highly scalable infrastructure that allows users to quickly scale up or down their computing resources based on demand. Clever Cloud, on the other hand, provides a managed platform that abstracts the infrastructure away, making it easier for developers to focus on their applications rather than managing the underlying infrastructure.

  2. Pricing Model: Amazon EC2 operates on a pay-as-you-go pricing model, where users are billed for the resources they consume on an hourly basis. Clever Cloud offers a pricing model based on instance hours, CPU, memory, and network usage, providing more granular control over costs. Clever Cloud also has a specific pricing tier for startups.

  3. PaaS vs IaaS: Amazon EC2 falls under the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) category, providing users with virtual machines (EC2 instances) that they can manage and configure based on their requirements. Clever Cloud, on the other hand, is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider, offering a higher level of abstraction where users can deploy their applications without worrying about managing virtual machines or infrastructure.

  4. Deployment Process: Amazon EC2 requires users to manually provision and configure their virtual machines, which involves tasks such as installing the necessary software, configuring networking, and setting up security. Clever Cloud simplifies the deployment process by providing built-in deployment mechanisms, automatic scalability, and seamless updates without user intervention.

  5. Application Support: Amazon EC2 supports a wide range of applications and programming languages, allowing users to run any software they choose. Clever Cloud focuses primarily on modern web applications and provides specific features and integrations tailored to web development, such as automatic scaling of web dynos, container deployments, and support for various frameworks like Node.js, Python, Java, and Ruby on Rails.

  6. Documentation and Community: Amazon EC2 has a vast and well-established community with extensive documentation, tutorials, and resources available. Clever Cloud, although not as widely known, offers comprehensive documentation and responsive support. Additionally, Clever Cloud provides a dedicated community forum and actively engages with developers through their blog and social media channels.

In Summary, Amazon EC2 and Clever Cloud differ in terms of scalability and infrastructure, pricing models, PaaS vs IaaS approach, deployment processes, supported applications, and the size and engagement of their respective communities.

Decisions about Amazon EC2 and Clever Cloud
Jerome/Zen Quah
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DigitalOcean was where I began; its USD5/month is extremely competitive and the overall experience as highly user-friendly.

However, their offerings were lacking and integrating with other resources I had on AWS was getting more costly (due to transfer costs on AWS). Eventually I moved the entire project off DO's Droplets and onto AWS's EC2.

One may initially find the cost (w/o free tier) and interface of AWS daunting however with good planning you can achieve highly cost-efficient systems with savings plans, spot instances, etcetera.

Do not dive into AWS head-first! Seriously, don't. Stand back and read pricing documentation thoroughly. You can, not to the fault of AWS, easily go way overbudget. Your first action upon getting your AWS account should be to set up billing alarms for estimated and current bill totals.

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Craig Finch
Principal Consultant at Rootwork InfoTech · | 6 upvotes · 185.1K views

We first selected Google Cloud Platform about five years ago, because HIPAA compliance was significantly cheaper and easier on Google compared to AWS. We have stayed with Google Cloud because it provides an excellent command line tool for managing resources, and every resource has a well-designed, well-documented API. SDKs for most of these APIs are available for many popular languages. I have never worked with a cloud platform that's so amenable to automation. Google is also ahead of its competitors in Kubernetes support.

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Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow · | 2 upvotes · 188.2K views

GCE is much more user friendly than EC2, though Amazon has come a very long way since the early days (pre-2010's). This can be seen in how easy it is to edit the storage attached to an instance in GCE: it's under the instance details and is edited inline. In AWS you have to click the instance > click the storage block device (new screen) > click the edit option (new modal) > resize the volume > confirm (new model) then wait a very long time. Google's is nearly instant.

  • In both cases, the instance much be shut down.

There also the preference between "user burden-of-security" and automatic security: AWS goes for the former, GCE the latter.

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Most bioinformatics shops nowadays are hosting on AWS or Azure, since they have HIPAA tiers and offer enterprise SLA contracts. Meanwhile Heroku hasn't historically supported HIPAA. Rackspace and Google Cloud would be other hosting providers we would consider, but we just don't get requests for them. So, we mostly focus on AWS and Azure support.

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Pros of Amazon EC2
Pros of Clever Cloud
  • 647
    Quick and reliable cloud servers
  • 515
  • 393
    Easy management
  • 277
    Low cost
  • 271
  • 89
    Market leader
  • 80
    Backed by amazon
  • 79
  • 67
    Free tier
  • 58
    Easy management, scalability
  • 13
  • 10
    Easy to Start
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
    Widely used
  • 7
    Node.js API
  • 5
    Industry Standard
  • 4
    Lots of configuration options
  • 2
    GPU instances
  • 1
    Simpler to understand and learn
  • 1
    Extremely simple to use
  • 1
    Amazing for individuals
  • 1
    All the Open Source CLI tools you could want.
  • 147
    Quick & easy setup
  • 104
    Amazing support
  • 87
    Ultra fast answer to any question
  • 82
    Github integration
  • 74
    Time saver
  • 66
    Fast apps
  • 62
    Cool admin interface
  • 51
    Postgresql as a service
  • 43
    Receive email from the ceo when one of my process crash
  • 33
    Easy deployment of playframework
  • 20
    Autoscale nodejs processes
  • 19
    Easy nodejs deployment
  • 16
    Don't need devops in our team
  • 15
    Great service
  • 12
    Elegant and convenient paas and great support
  • 11
    Easy mongodb backup
  • 11
    Great customer support
  • 10
    Easiest scala / playframework setup i have seen
  • 9
    Really great and usefull product with an amazing team
  • 8
    Awesome docker support
  • 8
    Quick & easy to start to use
  • 7
    Git push and it's prodded
  • 7
    Up & running with Node in minutes
  • 6
    Deploy with docker
  • 6
    Easy setup with great customer support
  • 5
    Superficial support team
  • 5
    Amazing experience - after using heroku, nodejitsu, etc
  • 4
    Really safe,quick and responsive! probably best one
  • 4
    Customer support is awesome
  • 3
    More than efficient scaler
  • 3
    Clean interface
  • 3
    My devs like it which means I like it! Great support
  • 3
    KISS principle
  • 2
    Easy setup, CTO and team influencers
  • 2
    Easy setup and deploy for play framework and scala
  • 2
    Amazing Gif Generator
  • 2
    No-brainer, efficient, never gets in the way
  • 2
    Great docker support, just via web + git
  • 2
    They are a pleasure to work with
  • 2
    Awesome support and easy to use..! using laravel (php)
  • 2
    Haskell support without worries
  • 2
    Easy deployment
  • 2
    Top notch support by developer peers
  • 2
    No code integration needed
  • 2
    Auto redeploy after git push
  • 1
    Manage ops parts for me
  • 1
    They accept bitcoin
  • 1
    Ffmpeg available for nodejs servers
  • 1
    Simple to use, brilliant team, super reliable
  • 1
    Reported bugs are fixed during the following hour
  • 1
    Online postgresql admin gui
  • 1
    Too much powered servers and add-ons
  • 1
    Fast deployment time

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Cons of Amazon EC2
Cons of Clever Cloud
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    Ui could use a lot of work
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    High learning curve when compared to PaaS
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    Extremely poor CPU performance
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    Super expensive
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    Not a whole lot of flexibility

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What is Amazon EC2?

It is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

What is Clever Cloud?

Clever Cloud is a polyglot cloud application platform. The service helps developers to build applications with many languages and services, with auto-scaling features and a true pay-as-you-go pricing model.

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