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Cloud connector
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Total Improvement
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  • General
Content
Content Creator
Ronald van Vugt
WhatMatrix
Ephraim Baron
Overview
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.
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Bluemix delivers virtual machines running in IBM Cloud data centers backed by a global private fiber network.
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.
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Assessm...
Maturity
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AWS core services (inc EC2) was launched 2006. Seen by most analysts as the leader in cloud computing 
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IBM aquired SoftLayer (IAAS) 2013. Bluemix (PAAS) launched 2014. SoftLayer merged into the Bluemix 2016. Seen by most analysts as a challenger in cloud computing 
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud began as a private cloud to serve the internal demands of Alibabas e-commerce businesses. Alibaba Cloud is the largest cloud computing company in China.
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Pricing
Tenancy model
Multi-tenancy
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Multitennent & private cloud
Multi-tenancy
Billing
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Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, scheduled instances for one year, spot instances
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Hourly / Monthly / Subscription
Pay-As-You-Go / Subscription: The specific metered items are: Instance Fee, Storage Fee and Network Fee.
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Regions
North America
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North Virginia, Ohio, North California, Oregon, Canada central
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US Central, East, West, GovCloud / Canada : See Details
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Silicon Valley, Virginia
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South America
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São Paulo
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Brazil, Mexico (IAAS only)
none
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Europe
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Ireland, Frankfurt, London, Paris (coming soon)
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France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Norway : See details 
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Frankfurt, Dubai
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Asia / ANZ
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Toyko, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Mumbai, Beijing, Ningxia (coming soon)
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Australia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, India, South Korea : See details
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Mainland China: Qingdao, Beijing, Zhangjiakou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen
Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo
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Legal
Certifications
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C5 (Germany), Cyber Essentials Plus (UK), DoD SRG, FedRAMP, FIPS, IRAP (Australia), ISO9001,ISO27001,ISO27017,ISO27018,MPLS Level 3(China), MTCS (Singapore), PCI DSS Level 1, SEC Rule 17-a-4(f), SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3
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ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1,2,3, FedRamp, FISMA, HIPPA, PCI, CSA Star
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ISO 27001, ISO 2000, ISO 22301, DJCP MPLS, CSA STAR, SOC Reports, CNAS, PCI DSS, TRUCS, MTCS T3, MPAA, HIPPA
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SLAs
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AWS will use commercially reasonable efforts to make Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS each available with a Monthly Uptime Percentage of at least 99.95%
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100% SLA on Portal Console / Network / DC HVAC & power
Alibaba Cloud will use commercially reasonable endeavors to provide a Monthly Uptime Percentage of no less than 99.95% each calendar month. Failure to achieve this service guarantee entitles claim to service credit rebate
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  • Management
Interfaces
UI / API / CL / SDK
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Webbased UI, API Available, CLI Available for Windows/Mac/Linux, SDK Available for different platforms
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Single UI : Various APIs / CLIs native to services. Differences between IAAS & PaaS environment
UI, API, CLI, SDK
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Common API service keys
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AWS Users can create their own API Access keys; these keys can be shared
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Multiple API service keys
Each Alibaba Cloud user can create multiple access key/secret key pairs
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Monitoring
Service Availability
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Every EC2 instance includes the following service quality services: AutoScalingGroupName, ImageId, InstanceId, InstanceType
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Region view (not all DCs)
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Elastic Compute Service is available in all Alibaba regions
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Service dashboard
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A Dashboard with an overview of the health of all services is available. It is also possible to create an AWS Personal Health Dashboard.
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Region Status (not all DCs)
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No
General Service monitoring
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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
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Cloud Monitor
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VM Service monitoring
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Every EC2 instance sends basic metrics to CloudWatch every five-minutes. More metrics and one-minute monitoring are available at cost.
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Guest OS agent based (Nimsoft)
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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.
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Actions / Event logging
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Logging for EC2 instances is possible with the service CloudWatch Logs
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Limited capability (agent based)
The alarm rule page is where you can view, modify, activate, deactivate, and delete alarm rules related to OSS monitoring alarms.
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Admin
Identity & Access Management
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AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
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Centralised IAM
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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.
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Multi factor authentication support
Supported
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Only for IAAS
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Users can create, bind, unbind, and delete virtual multi-factor authentication devices.
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Granular Access Control
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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.
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Configurable access control to IAAS
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Supports role-based access control
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Control
Architecture deployment templates
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It is possible to create templates with the service CloudFormation
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Schematics Service (Terraform based)
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Resource Orchestration Service
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Availability Zones
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Availability Zones are connected with high speed/low latency connections; it is possible to span a VPC between AZs and LB across AZ. It is also possible to make snapshots of an EC@ instance to another AZ
Not available as native service.
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Each region has multiple Zones
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DR /Business continuity
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Requires monitoring and scripting
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No native service (options such as VMware/Zerto available)
Offers data synchronization services
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VM Billing per min / hr
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Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances for one or three years, scheduled instances for one year, spot instances
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Hourly / Monthly / Subscription
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On-demand pricing by the hour and by the month
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  • Compute VM
VM
VM micro (below 1 vCPU)
EC2 instances nano, micro, small
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1vCPU minimum
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ecs.n1.tiny
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VM Small (up to 8 vCPU)
EC2 instances medium, large, xlarge,
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Available : Configurable mem up to 64GB
ecs.c1.large and ecs.n1.xlarge series
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VM Medium (up to 16 vCPU)
EC2 instances 2xlarge
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Available : Configurable mem up to 128GB
ecs.c2.large and ecs.n1.3xlarge
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VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
EC2 instances 4xlarge
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Available : Configurable mem up to 242GB
ecs.n1.7xlarge and ecs.sn1.7xlarge
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VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
EC2 instances 10xlarge
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Max 56 core with mem up to 242GB
largest instance is 56 vCPU
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VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
EC2 instance 32xlarge
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Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Month)
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No
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GPU VM Large (up to 32 vCPU)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
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Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Hr / Month)
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ecs.gn5-c28g1.14xlarge
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GPU VM XLarge (up to 64 vCPU 128GB RAM)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
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Not available as VM (Baremetal option : per Hr / Month)
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largest instance is 56 vCPU
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GPU VM XXLarge (up to 128 vCPU 2TB RAM)
It is possible to add a GPU to every current generation EC2 instance
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No generally available Baremetal option
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No
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GPU types
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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
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Nvidia Tesla P100, M60, K80, Grid K2 (monthly & hourly options)
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Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU
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Custom VM size
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No
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Standard config types for public VMs. Private host VMs can be configured
No
Defined disk IOPS
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EBS Optimized instances provided dediated storage network
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Not available as local disc (available with SAN)
Users can choose SSD storage, but they cannot specify IOPS
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SR-IOV support
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Supported on some instance types
Not supported
No native SR-IOV support
Network speeds
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Low, moderate, high, 10Gbps, 20Gbps.
Depending of the instance type from 450 Mbit until 20 Gbit
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1 x public / 1 x private : Can add 1 private but no ability to add additional
Based on selected network bandwidth peak between
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Add virtual NIC
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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)
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No ability to add vNIC
No. Can add multi-queue for NICs
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Attached / detach 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
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Limited ability with portable storage
Yes, including Shared Block Storage
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Virtual dedicated cloud
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Every EC2 instance will be part of a VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
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Virtual network created at L2 VLAN level.
Alibaba Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is an isolated cloud network built for private usage.
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IP reassignment
Possible with Elastic IP Addresses
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Can assign portable public / private IPs
Only Elastic Ips
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Image
Manual snapshots image
Can create Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from EC2 instance
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Supported
Can create system image
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Scheduled snapshot image
Not available as native service
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Not available as native service (could script through API)
Scheduled tasks are supported, but not for VM image
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API / CLI Snapshot image
Available
Supported
Scheduled tasks are supported, but not for VM image
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Make image public / marketplace
AWS Marketplace is available to publish and sell application images
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Supported
Only through Marketplace
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VM import
You can import Windows and Linux VMs that use VMware ESX or Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix Xen virtualization formats.
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ISO & VHD imports supported
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Supports RAW and VHD format
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VM export
you can export previously imported EC2 instances to VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix Xen formats.
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VHD image export
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Must request for export function to be whitelisted
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O/S
Windows
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. 
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Windows Server 2012, 2012R2, 2016 Standard edition
Windows Server 2008 and 2012, Standard, Data Center, and Enteprise, English and Chinese
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Linux
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.
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Redhat, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Cloudlinux, CoreOS
CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, FreeBSD, SUSE, and Alibaba Linux as well as CoreOS
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Bring your own OS
Yes, you can bring your own Microsoft license
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Supported (at own risk)
No
Control
Resize existing VM
Resizing of a VM which is EBS backed supported
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Resize vCPU, memory, network speed
No
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
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Recovery processes not clearly defined. SLA for recovery defined (in hrs)
No
metadata
Accomplished using tags
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Supported
Limited to pre-defined metadata types
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Parking
Yes
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Powering off VM does not stop billing
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No
Provision in less than 5 mins
Yes
Variable - often more than 5 mins
Yes
Provision consistent spec
Consistent VM configs available 
Although host performance is up to date, there is limited view of host specification
Instance generation types include specific CPU information
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Reserved instances
Available
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Not available
Monthly subscription option only
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