Alibaba Cloud may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of competitors to Amazon Web services (AWS). However, alongside cloud services like Azure and Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud is now trying hard to unseat AWS as the world’s leading cloud computing platform.
If you live outside of Asia and haven’t heard of Alibaba Cloud until recently, you’re not alone. Although Alibaba Cloud was founded in 2009, only a few years after AWS, it focused initially on the China market, then expanded slowly into neighbouring countries.
It was not until a major $1 billion investment in 2015 that Alibaba Cloud began operating globally. It opened its first data center in the United States the same year and arrived in Europe in 2016.
Today, it is clear that Alibaba Cloud intends to compete globally with AWS and other major cloud providers. That leaves many consumers wondering whether Alibaba Cloud computing can offer better value than AWS. This article explores that question by comparing the Alibaba Cloud computing, storage, API and other services with those of AWS. Continue reading
Rackspace and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are two of the biggest names in cloud computing. Founded in 1998 and 2006, respectively, they are also among the longest-established cloud hosting companies.
The service offerings of Rackspace and AWS don’t compete in all respects. Rackspace’s main business centers on virtual servers and cloud storage, as well as managed services. AWS provides infrastructure offerings, too, through EC2 instances. However, AWS also has a broader set of services, such as serverless computing and hosted Kubernetes. Rackspace’s offerings are not as broad in this respect. Continue reading
Microsoft and Amazon have recently increased the disk volume limits for their virtual machines running on Azure and EC2. At CloudBerry Lab, we always keep up with the latest developments and today announce the support for these increased disk sizes in the CloudBerry Backup 5.8.
Getting the most out of Amazon EC2 instances requires not only choosing the right EC2 instance type or performing Amazon EC2 backup, but, first of all, identifying the best EC2 pricing strategy.
Optimizing costs can be difficult because AWS offers several different types of pricing models. In order to make sure that you are paying the least amount possible while still obtaining the level of resource availability that your applications require, you need to understand Amazon EC2’s pricing options and identify which type of pricing is best for each workload that you host.
This article explains how pricing works on EC2 and offers suggestions for optimizing EC2 costs. Continue reading
AWS offers nearly fifty different types of EC2 instances. It also provides a number of different categories of images, each tailored for different use cases.
Choice is a good thing, and having so many EC2 instance types and categories is a benefit to users. But with so many possibilities, deciding which EC2 instance is the best fit for your needs can be a challenge.
If you’re struggling to decide which EC2 instance to use, this article is for you. It outlines the major EC2 instance types and categories and makes recommendations about which instances are the best fit for certain types of situations.
We won’t discuss every individual instance type. That would be unfeasible, because Amazon currently offers forty-nine distinct EC2 instances. But we’ll cover the most important ones, and discuss the differences between the major categories of EC2 instances.
However, if you are familiar with EC2 instance types, you might be interested in the EC2 backup. Check out our article on how to back up Amazon EC2 instance.
Amazon EC2 instances can be backed up in more than one way. The approach you take on how to back up Amazon EC2 instance should reflect your needs: Whether you require an automated backup solution, how quickly you need to be able to restore an instance during an emergency and how much data you can store and transfer.
This article identifies the different methods for backing up EC2 instances and discusses the pros and cons of each approach. Continue reading
Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS are three different storage types, designed by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 is an object storage and is suitable for storing user files and backups in massive numbers. Amazon EFS was designed to provide scalable storage for the users of Amazon EC2 cloud computing service. Amazon EBS was also created to enhance the functionality of Amazon EC2 - it is similar to your computer's drive but in virtualized environment. All these services are great, but only if you use them in accordance with their purpose.
In this article, we will define the difference of Amazon S3, Amazon EFS and Amazon EBS storage options. Continue reading
Updated on 4/27/2018
The portfolio of AWS storage products offers a multitude of options for each and every usage scenario. Navigating through them may prove troublesome for inexperienced users, as each storage class is crammed with many specificities that have to be considered. In this article we set out to clarify the use-cases of the following AWS storage classes: Amazon EBS, EFS, S3, and Glacier.
Nixsys is an American computer manufacturer that offers the highest quality custom-built computers and servers supporting legacy hardware and software as well as all kinds of IT support for small and mid-size businesses. This includes backup and disaster recovery, network & mobile device management, IT consulting and security services. Continue reading
Moving Amazon EC2 instance to another Availability Zone, VPC or AWS Region may result in a headache for administrators, who think that it is a must to stop the existing and brand a new instance each time. If it’s a production instance, the interruption disrupts the working process and leads to the significant money/time losses. So, do you really have to migrate all data manually?
The answer is “no”, if you know how to properly use AWS native tools. In this article we explain how to easily move working Amazon EC2 instance to different Availability Zone, VPC or AWS Region.
Let’s get started from the step one.