Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), is a service in the AWS cloud that provides secure and resizable compute capacity. Designed to make highly scalable cloud computing easier for developers, its simple web service interface allows users to provision and configure capacity with ease. This ease of use provides you with total control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment.
Amazon EC2 offers the choice of storage, processor, networking, purchase model and operating system. Using the fastest processors in the cloud, they are the only cloud with 100 Gbps ethernet networking. Amazon EC2 also features the most powerful GPU instances for machine learning training and graphics workloads, and the lowest cost instances in any cloud, and more SAP, HPC (High-Performance Computing), and Microsoft Windows workloads run on AWS than any other cloud.
With Amazon EC2, you have reliable and scalable infrastructure on demand. You can scale up or scale down capacity within minutes, meaning no more waiting hours or days to add traditional hardware capacity when the need is immediate.
You can also secure compute for your applications using the AWS Nitro System. The virtualization resources are offloaded to dedicated hardware and software, thereby minimizing the attack surface. The lockdown security model prevents administrative access, which eliminates the possibility of human error and tampering.
Flexible options to optimize cost are also possible since with On Demand, you only pay for the compute you need. You can gain up to 40% better price-performance with AWS Graviton2-based instances or 10% lower costs with AMD-based instances. Amazon EC2 Spot can also reduce costs by up to 90% or accelerate performance for big data, CI/CD, containers and web services.
Finally, Amazon EC2 is easy to migrate and build apps. You can quickly and easily get started with AWS Migration Tools, AWS Managed Services or Amazon Lightsail. Other services such as AWS Professional Services, AWS Training and Certification and AWS Support are there to help you along the way. There are also thousands of APN partners to help your business build, market and sell their AWS offerings.