It’s hard to remember how things were before “The Cloud” arrived. It changed the IT industry dramatically. In the past, server resources were obtained by leasing or purchasing a box from a rack in a server farm. It didn’t happen immediately. It wasn’t cheap. It required a high level technological expertise.
The Cloud has made it possible to do more than deal with individual boxes. Instead, it gives us access to a vast array of resources that can be borrowed if needed. Amazon EC2- Elastic cloud compute, which was launched in 2006, has become one of the most popular cloud services. EC2 quickly became one of the most popular AWS services and is still a top choice. Let’s learn more about Amazon EC2 and explore its concepts in today’s blog.
What is Amazon EC2 exactly?
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) offers reliable and scalable cloud computing capacity. It is designed to make cloud computing accessible to developers at a web scale. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to quickly configure and obtain capacity with minimal friction. It allows you to have full control over your computing resources, and also allows you access Amazon’s proven infrastructure.
Amazon EC2 offers the most comprehensive and deepest computing platform, with a variety of storage, operating system, and purchase models. It boasts the fastest processors available in the cloud. It is also the only cloud that offers 400 Gbps Ethernet networking. Amazon EC2 has the fastest GPU instances for machine-learning training and graphics workloads. It also offers the lowest cost per inference instances in the cloud.
Why Amazon EC2?
In less than 10 minutes, you can rent a portion of Amazon’s huge cloud network and use the computing resources for everything from computer science and bitcoin mining. Amazon EC2 offers many benefits and advantages.
Reliable, flexible, and scalable infrastructure that can be adapted to meet customer needs
Amazon EC2 allows you to increase or decrease your capacity in minutes. Not hours or days. It also guarantees 99.99% availability for every Amazon EC2 region. Each region has at least three availability zones. This AWS Region model, which Gartner has recognized, is the best approach to running applications that require high availability.
Applications are guaranteed Secure Compute
Virtualization resources are offloaded onto dedicated hardware and software using the AWS Nitro System, reducing attack surface. The lockdown security model prevents administrative access and reduces the risk for human error. AWS also offers 89 compliance certifications and security standards, which is more than any other cloud provider. This includes PCI-DSS and HIPAA/HITECH as well as FedRAMP, GDPR and FIPS 140-2 and NIST 800-171.
With On Demand in Amazon EC2, you only pay for the compute that you need. AWS Graviton2-based instances can offer up to 40% better price performance and 10% lower prices than AMD-based instances. Amazon EC2 Spot is a fault-tolerant platform that can reduce costs by up to 90% while improving performance. Amazon EC2 instances can be slashed up to 72 percent with AWS Savings plans, regardless of their instance family, scale OS, tenancy or AWS Area.
Migration and app development are simple
AWS Migration Tools, AWS Managed Services, and Amazon Lightsail are great ways to quickly get started with Amazon EC2. AWS Professional Services, AWS Support and AWS Training and Certification all offer assistance to you on your journey. It has tens of thousands APN Partners that can help businesses market, develop, and sell their AWS offerings.
Its greatest asset is its native integration with the large AWS ecosystem. This is something that no competitor can claim. There are currently more than 170 services. AWS is unlike any other cloud network in terms of its scope, width, versatility, and reliability.
Now that you are aware of the benefits, let’s take a look at how Amazon EC2 actually functions.
Amazon EC2 allows you to launch instances on a variety of operating systems. You can also load them with your customized application environment, manage your network’s access permissions and run your image on as few or many systems as you like using the web server interfaces.
First, you can use a pre-configured and templated Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to get up and running quickly. You can also create an AMI with your applications, libraries and data.
Secondly, configure the Amazon EC2 instance security and network access.
The third step is to choose the type of instance you want. Next, use the APIs or management tools provided to start, terminate and monitor as many instances as you wish.
You can also decide whether your instances should run in different locations, use static IP endspoints or have persistent block storage attached.
You only pay for what you use, such instance-hours and data transfer.
Amazon EC2 Features
Amazon EC2 provides a variety of useful features to help you develop enterprise-class applications that can scale and are fail-safe.
Bare Metal
Amazon EC2 bare-metal instances allow your applications direct access the underlying server’s memory and processor. Bare metal instances are the same as EC2 instances in that they offer the same level security, flexibility, capacity elasticity and support for a wide range of operating systems and software packages.
Optimize Compute Performance and Reduce Costs with Amazon EC2 Fleet
Amazon EC2 Fleet lets you provision compute capacity through EC2 instance type, availability zones, purchase models, and other options with a single API call. This allows you to optimize size and performance as well as cost.
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