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Posted On: 2018-07-30 23:03:23
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Which is better: Amazon EC2 or Dedicated Server Hosting?

Hey all,
We are looking to host a new Site which we plan to grow rapidly to host about 5,000 products and should serve close to 1 Million users. What we we want to know is: based on your real world experience, which do you think is the better hosting solution: Amazon EC2 or Dedicated Server Hosting? And for consideration are these issues:
1- Monthly hosting costs
2- Monthly bandwidth costs
3- Ease of management and adding resources
4- Security
THANKS.

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1 week 3 days ago

Dedicated server is the better than amazon EC2.it gives you real world experience.
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1 week 2 days ago
How is it that Dedicated server gives you real world experience?
I am for Dedicated hosting over Amazon myself, but do think your reasoning is clear.
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2 weeks 49 minutes ago

IMHO, EC2 is a different than Dedicated Hosting in some Key ways. You want to use EC if you have a World Cup Ad or something running in X Days which may cause uknown Spike in your traffic. Otherwise it is more expensive and more restrictive in what you can do compared to Dedicated Server Hosting.
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2 weeks 41 minutes ago
True. But Dedicated Servers have hidden charges such as Backups, and many have crappy Uptime SLA!
So on Amazon EC2 backup is part of the service so you dont have top worry about it, while back up on DS is rather extensive and you need to do it yourself. Also on DS what your own backups fails? On Amazon EC2 this is all taken care off for you.
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2 weeks 36 minutes ago
Although there is some Truth in what you are saying and I agree that one of the strengths of Amazon over Dedicated Hosting is that you get goo Backup as pert of the service, I think you do not know how Linux Backup can be setup and works. We have a Auto Backup of our servers to a central server and this back up Bash script was written in 30 Minutes and been working for many Years without a click. And just as our central server can crash, so can Amazon servers, they are not God made.
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2 weeks 1 day ago

The answer to this Q depends on the type of project you are working on.

For example, if you are a developer looking for a MySQL based Site, then you should spin up a Dedicated Server and setup the MySQL yourself, because same would be hard to on Amazon.

Whereas if you are a senior DevOps professional working for an enterprise, you donโ€™t have time to invest in Operating Systems, patches, and updates. Then your better choice is Amazon EC2.
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2 weeks 2 days ago

For most businesses, I would say Dedicated Hosting is by far better Option.
And there is very good read about the reasons here:

7 Reasons Why You Should Use Dedicated Over Cloud Hosting
https://www.rackaid.com/blog/dedicated-cloud-hosting/

Granted this analysis is by a Hosting company too, but who knows more about Site Hosting?
An Online Book seller having gone Megalomaniac? Aka Amazon.
Or company that has been hosting Sites for 10 years and that is all they do ๐Ÿค“
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2 weeks 1 day ago
Ha these are very good reasons for choosing Dedicated Hosting over Amazon cloud. But I think some of them are biased by the provider since they are a Dedicated hosting company.
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2 weeks 3 days ago

dedicated server offers more speed, more reliability, more simplicity, and lesser overall costs compared to Amazon EC2 โ€“ all things the amazon cloud claims to offer! This tells me that the good old dedicated server is the winner of this IT battle.

There is actually pretty good analysis of this here:
https://www.neovera.com/amazon-cloud-vs-dedicated-server/
It is written by a Dedicated hosting company, but the facts are solid.
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2 weeks 1 day ago
exe, again these are good list of reasons. But I would not give them 100% weight since they are provided by a Dedicated hosting company. I mean they are overall right reasons, but I think Amazon would provide counter reasons so some of them with good reason.
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