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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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4 weeks 2 days ago

I use a dedicated server. Plus the fact that you do not depend on anyone and you can customize everything for yourself
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Yes, I think so too. It is amazing though how many businesses so blindly jumping on the AWS band wagon, not thinking of all the dangers of hosting your Site with zillions of other businesses on this one Mega Wall Street based company. I mean Dedicated hosting can be dangerous too, but the scale of control that you lose going AWS is wow!
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Agreed! It really depends on what you want and what your goals! Do you have the staff and know how for a Dedicated Server or are you just a small business owner and need Hosting services!
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1 week 3 days ago
But how is a " small business owner" better with Amazon EC2?
Since Amazon EC2 has a steep learning curve and many headaches associated with such a massive offering.
Have you used Amazon EC2 as a small business owner? Or are you now?
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I was thinking of trying it! Are you suggesting that it is harder to use than Dedicated Server Hosting?
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Well that is the KEY issue that we are trying to decide here by discussing it. So far to me, I have not seen any compelling reasons provided by anyone that AWS is better than Dedicated Hosting. And it seems from the discussions and evidence provided so far, that Dedicated hosting is far better, IF you have the expertise in house to operate a Dedicated sever, but then you would need similar level but different expertise to operate an AWS based site. So...
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It sounds like the only difference really is that Amazon EC2 is a virtual server and can expand in size as needed otherwise you will need the same skill set as a Dedicated Server!
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Well yes. But the point is why spend all the time/Money to learn AWS when we have spent so much time/Money to learn Dedicated hosting on Linux and it is just as expandable as AWS if you know what you are doing in so far as adding more server resources.
Also, with AWS you are the Mercy of 1 GIANT Wall Street based company who it may decide any time it wants to do X and you have no control over that X.
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Very true! An excellent point!
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1 month 3 weeks ago

In my opinion, the dedicated server hosting is better than the Amazon EC2.
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But Why? Question is based on what facts you think which option is better!
I mean based on what facts are your opinion formed?
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2 months 3 weeks ago

If you want to be independent and be able to grow at will, then choose Dedicated Server Hosting. If you want to be held by the neck by a Mega Wall Street based BIG BROTHER, then go Amazon EC2.
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Yes, I think that is a Key important factor. That is although with Dedicated Server Hosting you are still at the mercy of some ISP, still many ISPs are much smaller in size than the Mega Wall Street based BIG BROTHER Amazon. But you know, I am afraid to say that that is not enough reason to choose a Dedicated Server Hosting for most businesses. We need more reasons.
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Why dumbo? Why is Amazon EC2 a better choice than Dedicated Server Hosting? I bit you have NO real idea as you are not hosting a Site under either, judging from the fact that your Web site is a childish site hosted on free hosting Blogpost.
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7 months 1 week ago

amazon ec2 is better than dedicated server hosting
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WHY! Why? That is the question. By which facts is "amazon ec2 is better than dedicated server hosting"? Or are you Arabs never able to process any complex thoughts!
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7 months 6 days ago
Manfred is right. Question is by what facts are you making such statement? Since as per facts listed below, seems like dedicated server hosting is FAR better than AWS.
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I am still waiting to hear based on what FACTS, you know FACTS, is Amazon EC2 better than Dedicated server hosting?
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8 months 1 week ago

Dedicated server is the better than amazon EC2.it gives you real world experience.
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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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8 months 2 weeks 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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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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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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8 months 2 weeks 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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8 months 2 weeks 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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8 months 2 weeks 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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8 months 2 weeks 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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8 months 2 weeks 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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8 months 2 weeks ago

From my experience here in Montreal I can tell you that at least in this part of the world, Amazon provides very poor performance and is far more expensive option too for hosting busy Sites. You will have much more freedom and certainty by going with a Dedicated server.
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Yes, specially when it comes to really World Class Sites; I would stay from Amazon EC2 as per their experience few Months back where their entire Cloud was down taking down such sites as Square, etc.
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8 months 2 weeks ago
But what I am curious to find out is why so many VC funded companies are all hosting their Sites on Amazon Cloud rather than on the much better Dedicated Hosting solutions? It is really bizarre!
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After all these responses, you should be able to read through the tea leaves, and see what the general consensus is. A dedicated hosting service may require more admin/support work, but it will also give you what you need/want. If you are not comfortable configuring your web site on such a service, you should consider having an experience company provide this service for you. It will be well worth you $, and you can focus on running your business.
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Yes quite right. A dedicated hosting service may require more admin/support work, but it will also give you much more freedom to Code and Create and do what you want. I would say Amazon EC is like living in an Apartment and dedicated hosting is like having your own House with front and backyard. So sure you have to do more work by having to mowe and keep up the front and backyard, etc. but then you can let your Dog out to go Poop, can throw parties in your front and backyard, etc.
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Good example of saying DS is like a House vs an Apartment, and that with DS "you can let your Dog out to go Poop...", but you realize that then you have to go out and clean that Poop :)
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What you think if you live in an Apartment and your Dogs goes and Poops you do not have to pick up the Poop! If you dont you will be hit by $500 fine in typical cities. So the point is that with having a House in dead of Winter you can just open the door to the back and let the Dog out to do his/her business. And then of course you have to pick up the Poop later. But in Apartment you have to come down 30 floors walk the Dog to some green and then back up 30 floors. And you have to pick the Poop.
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8 months 2 weeks ago

I've been developing and hosting web sites for years using dedicated or shared servers. The choice is primarily based on the purpose of the site, the expected traffic and the client's budget.

Over the years, we've used a number of hosting companies. We've found that being the point person, for support and maintenance removes that burden from the client, letting them focus on their business rather than the site's reliability. In some cases, we provide full support including content updates, in others, the client does content changes, and we provide back end support.

We've used (and are using) Amazon for storage. We have our client's network data backed to the cloud using Amazon servers which we find very reliable.

I hope this helps.
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8 months 2 weeks ago
wacsc, this info is useful Thanks. But if you were going to chose between Amazon EC2 or Dedicated Server Hosting to Host a new Site as per above description, which one would you choose and why?
Thanks.
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I would choose Dedicated Server Hosting over Amazon any time of the day. If you are a VC funded company with lots of Millions to burn then maybe Amazon. Otherwise, go the solid way and host it on a Dedicated server so you are not sharing server with 100s of other companies. How would you like to share your Bathroom with 100 people! Same :)
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Yes, using Amazon for storage is a fine thing to do. Since after all Storage is not a mission critical service.
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Yes, when it comers to Dumb stuff like Storing Data that may be accessed once a Year or lees, then Cloud hosting such as Amazon is fine.
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