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Pros
  • + Competitive priced fully featured IAAS offerings
  • + Good datacentre coverage across Asia Pacific
  • + Cloud leader with the most extensive range of services
  • + Mature services with good compliance coverage
  • + Huge number of 3rd party integrations
  • + Good range of hybrid capabilities (including VMware partnership)
  • + Baremetal Server options with cloud characteristics (hourly consumption)
Cons
  • - Limited European and US datacentre footprint
  • - Evolving hybrid strategy based around VMware partnership
  • - High performance networking, but limited capabilities
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  Content  
Content Creator
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Overview
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Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) provides fast memory and the latest Intel CPUs to help you achieve faster results with low latency to power your cloud applications.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use.
Bluemix delivers virtual machines running in IBM Cloud data centers backed by a global private fiber network.
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  Interfaces  
UI / API / CL / SDK
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UI, API, CLI, SDK
Webbased UI, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms
Single UI : Various APIs / CLIs native to services. Differences between IAAS & PaaS environment
Common API service keys
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Each Alibaba Cloud user can create multiple access key/secret key pairs
AWS Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
Multiple API service keys
  Monitoring  
General Service monitoring
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Cloud Monitor
Every EC2 instance includes the following service quality services with a frequency of 1 minute: StatusCheckFailed, StatusCheckFailed_Instance, StatusCheckFailed_System
Available, but inconsistent IAAS & PAAS service monitoring
VM Service monitoring
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The OSS monitoring service details metric data, including basic system operation statuses, performance, and metering. It also provides a custom alarm service to track requests, analyze usage, collect statistics on business trends, and promptly discover and diagnose system problems.
Every EC2 instance sends basic metrics to CloudWatch every five-minutes. More metrics and one-minute monitoring are available at cost.
Guest OS agent based (Nimsoft)
Actions / Event logging
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The alarm rule page is where you can view, modify, activate, deactivate, and delete alarm rules related to OSS monitoring alarms.
Logging for EC2 instances is possible with the service CloudWatch Logs
Limited capability (agent based)
  Admin  
Identity & Access Management
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Alibaba Cloud Resource Access Management (RAM) is an identity and access control service which enables you to centrally manage your users (including employees, systems or applications) and securely control their access to your resources through permission levels.
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Centralised IAM
Multi factor authentication support
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Users can create, bind, unbind, and delete virtual multi-factor authentication devices.
Supported
Only for IAAS
Granular Access Control
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Supports role-based access control
Using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) a very granular access control is possible. The default for every user and role is no access; you have to define every access control.
Configurable access control to IAAS
  Control  
VM Billing per min / hr
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On-demand pricing by the hour and by the month
Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, scheduled instances for one year, spot instances
Hourly / Monthly / Subscription
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  VM  
VM micro (below 1 vCPU)
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ecs.n1.tiny
EC2 instances nano, micro, small
1vCPU minimum
VM Small (up to 8 vCPU)
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ecs.c1.large and ecs.n1.xlarge series
EC2 instances medium, large, xlarge,
Available : Configurable mem up to 64GB
VM Medium (up to 16 vCPU)
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ecs.c2.large and ecs.n1.3xlarge
EC2 instances 2xlarge
Available : Configurable mem up to 128GB
VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
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ecs.n1.7xlarge and ecs.sn1.7xlarge
EC2 instances 4xlarge
Available : Configurable mem up to 242GB
VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
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largest instance is 56 vCPU
EC2 instances 10xlarge
Max 56 core with mem up to 242GB
VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
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No
EC2 instance 32xlarge
Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Month)
GPU VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
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ecs.gn5-c28g1.14xlarge
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Hr / Month)
GPU VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
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largest instance is 56 vCPU
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Hr / Month)
GPU VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
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No
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
No generally available Baremetal option
GPU types
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Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU
Yes, with up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs, 192GB of total video memory, 40 thousand parallel processing cores yielding 70 teraflops of single precision floating point performance and over 23 teraflops of double precision floating point performance using P2 EC2 instances
Nvidia Tesla P100, M60, K80, Grid K2 (monthly & hourly options)
Custom VM size
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No
Standard config types for public VMs. Private host VMs can be configured
Defined disk IOPS
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Users can choose SSD storage, but they cannot specify IOPS
EBS Optimized instances provided dediated storage network
Not available as local disc (available with SAN)
SR-IOV support
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No native SR-IOV support
Supported on some instance types
Network speeds
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Based on selected network bandwidth peak between
Low, moderate, high, 10Gbps, 20Gbps.
Depending of the instance type from 450 Mbit until 20 Gbit
1 x public / 1 x private : Can add 1 private but no ability to add additional
Add virtual NIC
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No. Can add multi-queue for NICs
All instances in a VPC can add 1 until 14 virtual NICs, depending of the instance type (this is not possible in the EC2-Classic platform, but this platform is not recommended)
No ability to add vNIC
Attached / detach block storage
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Yes, including Shared Block Storage
It is possible to detach block storage from an unmounted volume on a EC2 instance and attach block storage to an EC2 instance
Limited ability with portable storage
Virtual dedicated cloud
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Alibaba Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is an isolated cloud network built for private usage.
Every EC2 instance will be part of a VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
Virtual network created at L2 VLAN level.
IP reassignment
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Only Elastic Ips
Possible with Elastic IP Addresses
Can assign portable public / private IPs
  Image  
Manual snapshots image
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Can create system image
Can create Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from EC2 instance
Scheduled snapshot image
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Scheduled tasks are supported, but not for VM image
Not available as native service
Not available as native service (could script through API)
API / CLI Snapshot image
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Scheduled tasks are supported, but not for VM image
Make image public / marketplace
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Only through Marketplace
AWS Marketplace is available to publish and sell application images
VM import
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Supports RAW and VHD format
You can import Windows and Linux VMs that use VMware ESX or Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix Xen virtualization formats.
ISO & VHD imports supported
VM export
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Must request for export function to be whitelisted
you can export previously imported EC2 instances to VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix Xen formats.
VHD image export
  O/S  
Windows
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Windows Server 2008 and 2012, Standard, Data Center, and Enteprise, English and Chinese
Amazon EC2 currently supports a variety of operating systems including: Amazon Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD. 
Windows Server 2012, 2012R2, 2016 Standard edition
Linux
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CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, FreeBSD, SUSE, and Alibaba Linux as well as CoreOS
Amazon EC2 currently supports a variety of operating systems including: Amazon Linux, Ubuntu, Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Gentoo Linux, Oracle Linux, and FreeBSD.
Redhat, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Cloudlinux, CoreOS
Bring your own OS
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Yes, you can bring your own Microsoft license
Supported (at own risk)
  Control  
Resize existing VM
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Resizing of a VM which is EBS backed supported
Resize vCPU, memory, network speed
VM Live Migration
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If a host fails and the EC2 instance uses EBS, it is possible to start the EC2 instance on another host manually or automatically with monitoring and scripting; if an EC2 instance is installed on instance store and de host fails, the EC2 instance is lost
Recovery processes not clearly defined. SLA for recovery defined (in hrs)
metadata
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Limited to pre-defined metadata types
Accomplished using tags
Parking
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Yes
Powering off VM does not stop billing
Provision in less than 5 mins
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Variable - often more than 5 mins
Provision consistent spec
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Instance generation types include specific CPU information
Consistent VM configs available 
Although host performance is up to date, there is limited view of host specification
Reserved instances
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Monthly subscription option only
Available
Spot instances
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Available
Dedicated host (Single tenant)
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Available
Dedicated host & dedicated Instances (pay per VM) available
VM to host affinity (network optimised)
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Only for containers
Available using a placement group
Available on didicated hosts
VM to host anti-affinity
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Manual
Available on didicated hosts
Autoscaling VMs (within AZ)
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Yes
Available using an auto scaling group
Supported (within DC)
Autoscaling across AZs/Regions
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Using Server Load Balancing
Autoscaling is possible across AZs, but not across Regions
  Block storage  
Local HDD
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Basic Cloud Disk
Available (instance store on magnetic disks and for some instance types on SSD disks)
Available (25GB & 100GB primary drive)
SSD HDD
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SSD Cloud Disk
Available (instance store on magnetic disks and for some instance types on SSD disks)