Amazon EC2 vs Google Compute Engine vs HP Cloud Compute

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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 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.

What is HP Cloud Compute?

Now backed by an industry-leading Service Level Agreement, HP Cloud Compute delivers reliable computing resources to handle your production workloads. Configure and scale your capacity in an open cloud environment. With HP Cloud Compute, you gain control over your workloads while only paying for the resources you actually use.

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          What are some alternatives to Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and HP Cloud Compute?
          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.
          Beanstalk
          A single process to commit code, review with the team, and deploy the final result to your customers.
          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.
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            Reviews of Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and HP Cloud Compute
            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 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

            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.

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            Review ofHP Cloud ComputeHP Cloud Compute

            We are using HP Horizon for thecustomizewindows.com since November 2014. It seems to be the most cost effective and powerful IaaS service among the standard OpenStack cloud providers.

            How developers use Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine, and HP Cloud Compute
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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:

            http://i.imgur.com/GiBQsmf.png

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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 zerotoherojs.com 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: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/

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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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            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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