Amazon EC2 VPS Review

Amazon EC2 VPS Review

Amazon EC2 was founded in 2006.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS, Database, Storage and Networking hosting products.

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Performance variations of Amazon EC2 VPS over the long term Consistency

Amazon EC2 VPS Features

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Not included by default but AWS offers lots of tools to mitigate DDOS attacks for a fee.

Available but charged at the EBS pricing rate.

Here again, the charts are the most detailed and varied of all providers.

Possible but only on optional Elastic IP addresses. Those addresses are free while attached to an instance.

Allows creation of “security groups” with inbound and outbound rules. A security group can be assigned to an instance.

“We don’t charge usage for a stopped instance, or data transfer fees, but we do charge for the storage for any Amazon EBS volumes.”

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Pros and Cons


  • Numerous datacenter locations.
  • The largest catalog of cloud services you can find.


  • Not the easiest UI.
  • Storage speed throttled based on volume size.

Amazon EC2 Extra Services

In addition to features included in VPS plans, Amazon EC2 also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups Block storage Object storage Load balancer Floating IP addresses
Team Management Managed databases Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes
GPU instances Private network

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each Amazon EC2 VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server from the moment it was ordered to the moment it accepted SSH connections.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
31s 10s 40s 7

Control Panel Screenshots

Ec2 Charts

Ec2 Console

Ec2 Create Instance

Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage Prices page.

Storage Type Price / GB / month Description Restriction
Object $0.023 S3 standard. AWS S3 also offers infrequent access and Glacier object storage for lower prices.
Price for the first 50TB, slightly cheaper for monthly transfers over 50TB.
Block $0.045 Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) Volumes
Block $0.100 gp2 is the default EBS volume type for Amazon EC2 instances (SSD).
Block $0.080 General purpose SSD (gp3). IOPS and throughput are charged extra. AWS also offer cold HDD for $0.025/GB/month.

Network Bandwidth Prices

These are the network bandwidth prices charged by Amazon EC2 for outbound transfers from VPS to the internet.

For a comparison of bandwidth prices from all providers, go to the Network Bandwitdh Prices page.

Pricing model: Allowance Then Charged (the provider gives a free bandwidth allowance with each server. Bandwidth above the free allowance is charged by the provider.)

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