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The main alternative to AWS EC2 would be a dedicated server. Having dedicated hardware can be beneficial if the following are true: You have a good sense of your capacity requirements. Performance is important for your application. You expect that the resource needs of your application will be fairly constant over time. You expect that traffic will be ...


Do you expect a situation where you would need to scale your application, and do it fast? If yes, that's the point of cloud computing in general and Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud in particular. You start small and you pay a small fee. But if your service is successful and you need to increase its capacity per ten, or hundred, or thousand in a matter of ...

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