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What is Amazon EC2?

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) 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 DigitalOcean?

We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.

What is Google Compute Engine?

Google Compute Engine is a service that provides virtual machines that run on Google infrastructure. Google Compute Engine offers scale, performance, and value that allows you to easily launch large compute clusters on Google's infrastructure. There are no upfront investments and you can run up to thousands of virtual CPUs on a system that has been designed from the ground up to be fast, and to offer strong consistency of performance.

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    Amazon LightSail
    Everything you need to jumpstart your project on AWS—compute, storage, and networking—for a low, predictable price. Launch a virtual private server with just a few clicks.
    Amazon S3
    Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
    Amazon EC2 Container Service
    Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles.
    A single process to commit code, review with the team, and deploy the final result to your customers.
    Microsoft Azure
    Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
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      Decisions about Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Google Compute Engine
      Craig Buchanan
      Craig Buchanan
      Founder/CEO at AppAttack · | 10 upvotes · 41.2K views

      I use DigitalOcean because of the simplicity of using their basic offerings, such as droplets. In AppAttack, we need low-level control of our infrastructure so we can rapidly deploy a custom training web application on-demand for each training session, and building a Kubernetes cluster on top of DigitalOcean droplets allowed us to do exactly that.


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      Mohamed Labouardy
      Mohamed Labouardy
      Founder at Komiser · | 5 upvotes · 4.2K views
      Microsoft Azure
      Amazon Web Services
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      Google Compute Engine Amazon Web Services OVH Microsoft Azure Go GitHub

      Last week, we released a fresh new release of Komiser with support of multiple AWS accounts. Komiser support multiple AWS accounts through named profiles that are stored in the credentials files.

      You can now analyze and identify potential cost savings on unlimited AWS environments (Production, Staging, Sandbox, etc) on one single dashboard.

      Read the full story in the blog post.

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      Mohamed Labouardy
      Mohamed Labouardy
      Founder at Komiser · | 5 upvotes · 5.7K views
      Microsoft Azure
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      Amazon Web Services
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      Google Compute Engine Amazon Web Services Go Docker Material Design for Angular Microsoft Azure GitHub I’m super excited to annonce the release of Komiser:2.1.0 with beta support of Google Cloud Platform. You can now use one single open source tool to detect both AWS and GCP overspending.

      Komiser allows you to analyze and manage #cloud cost, usage, #security, and governance in one place. Hence, detecting potential vulnerabilities that could put your cloud environment at risk.

      It allows you also to control your usage and create visibility across all used services to achieve maximum cost-effectiveness and get a deep understanding of how you spend on the #AWS, #GCP and #Azure.

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      Reviews of Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Google Compute Engine
      Review ofDigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      I started using DigitalOcean back in January to host a Ghost blog. I was a little worried at first because I didn't have too much experience setting up servers. There was always the option of a full service company that does all the work for you, but the point was that I wanted more control for the purpose of learning. And, learning turned out to be really easy thanks to the great community at DigitalOcean. There are tutorials for just about anything. It has been an amazing learning experience, and now I'm looking forward to hosting more complex projects here. I already have a couple in the works for the near future. I highly recommend it.

      I can't rate the Support great or bad, as I haven't really had a need to contact them yet. But everything else has been excellent so far.

      Review ofAmazon EC2Amazon EC2

      A VPS gives the full access that I need, because most of what I do has complex integrations and there is plenty of legacy - very stable, highly tuned code developed over two decades - that I carry with me. My use is also limited to during development, so there is no point going for a full server.

      Amazon EC2 is a VPS, except it is cheaper.

      Additionally, I used to previously take the code developed on my VPS and deploy it to whatever server the client brought.

      With Amazon EC2 the deployment is already done. All that remains it to scale up, add other products like dns, mail, storage and so on, and change the billing so that the client gets invoiced. That makes the process that much more predictable and seamless, and the end result much more stable.

      Review ofDigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      I am a freelancer and a researcher. I have had tried a lot of hosting services over the years. But DIgitalOcean stands out from the rest for its pricing. Its just five dollar a month for a basic node.

      And the other reason for loving Digital Ocean is that they support Docker. It you buy a VPS machine, chances are that docker support wont be available as with PV or hypervisor, docker need some extra config.

      So far I am loving DO :-)

      Review ofGoogle Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine
      • I use Google Compute Engine instances as flexible, reproducible infrastructure that scale with my data science tasks.

      • Between Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, I chose Google Cloud for its intuitive UI. SSH within the browser is very convenient.

      • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome

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      Review ofDigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      I use DigitalOcean for testing or hosting my apps. You can set up an Ubuntu server in less than a minute. There are also one-click-install apps, so I don't have to install e.g. the LAMP stack myself. The dashboard has a really easy UI and is easy to use. The costs begin at 5 bucks per month. Also DigitalOcean has a great support and an adorable community. They have a great support page with hundreds of tutorials.

      Review ofAmazon EC2Amazon EC2

      Just started using EC2 myself, but it was the platform used by my previous employer, as well. They are getting easier to use, dashboard improvements over time were well done. Responded fast to outages. They offer a limited free tier which is perfect for my current project, allowing me time to build it to the point where I will need a paid solution. Overall, I'm liking it so far.

      How developers use Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean, and Google Compute Engine
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      imgur uses Amazon EC2Amazon EC2

      About a year and a half ago (written June 2013) we moved from dedicated servers over to AWS. Thanks to AWS, we no longer have to think on a server level. Instead, we think of everything as a cluster of instances, and an instance is essentially a virtual server where we don’t have to worry about the hardware. It’s a relief to not have to worry about the hardware behind the instances.

      The clusters we have are: WWW, API, Upload, HAProxy, HBase, MySQL, Memcached, Redis, and ElasticSearch, for an average total of 80 instances. Each cluster handles the job that its name describes, all working together for the common goal of giving you your daily (hourly?) dose of image entertainment.

      Below is a diagram of how they all work together:

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      Samuel Harrold uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine
      • I use Google Compute Engine instances as flexible, reproducible infrastructure that scales with my data science tasks.
      • Between Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, I chose Google Cloud for its intuitive UI. SSH within the browser is very convenient.
      • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome
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      Instacart uses Amazon EC2Amazon EC2

      We liked a lot of things about Heroku. We loved the build packs, and we still in fact use Heroku build packs, but we were frustrated by lack of control about a lot of things. It’s nice to own the complete stack, or rather as far down as AWS goes. It gave us a lot of flexibility and functionality that we didn’t have before. We use a lot of Amazon technology.

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      Volkan Özçelik uses Amazon EC2Amazon EC2

      I like containers and all, but for I am a one-man band, who also works full time. I don’t have any (dev)ops budget, and therefore I need the reliability and uptime of an actual virtual machine.

      That’s where AWS EC2 comes in handy.

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      jasonmjohnson uses Amazon EC2Amazon EC2

      Docker containers will be hosted and run on a single Amazon EC2 instance. This will likely be the t2.small or t2.medium instance type as listed here:

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      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      DigitalOcean offers us everything we need to test out specific scenarios or we expect from small-servers like our monitoring-system. We also use digital-ocean in long-term and are very satisfied with their performance and scalability.

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      Jeff Flynn uses Amazon EC2Amazon EC2

      Because servers. Lots of them. Lots of configurations. Great for mission-specific functions. Video encoding, data aggregation, dedicated processing, mission-critical data stores. Anything you can't hang off your Heroku environment.

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      Matt Welke uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      If not using managed hosting services like Heroku, AWS Lambda, or Google Cloud Functions, used to host programs because of ease of use and low cost.

      Generally used less recently for these use cases than managed hosting services.

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      Cyrus Stoller uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      Because I like having more control of my deployment, I am currently hosting this on DigitalOcean. I don't need to worry about arbitrary row limits and I can be sure that the app is always running.

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      Chris Saylor uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      We use DigitalOcean to host our build tools (namely for a cheap CI and CD server.

      We'll be using this to host the server application during alpha phase.

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      ahamilton9 uses DigitalOceanDigitalOcean

      Been hosting with them for a while now. Never had an issue, great support, great docs: can't beat 'em. Though I'd probably move to AWS for large scale projects.

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      Casey Smith uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Infrastructure for Google App Engine, Google Cloud Endpoints, Memcached, and Google Cloud SQL components, as well as Git repository and Jenkins CI server.

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      BitBank uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Compute engine is used to run our live forecaster and cron jobs

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      Jonathan Fries uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Ghost runs on a VM from Google Compute Engine.

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      Partners in School Innovation uses Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine

      Hosting our Bitnami PSQL instance

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