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Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts: Pros And Cons

If you're a bit confused by what a dedicated host cloud service can do for you, rest assured you're not alone. We'll help you figure out when your IT department should choose to deploy dedicated hosts.
Pro: Increased Control
Con: Instance Options Are Restricted
Pro: Works With Licensing Tethered To Hardware
Con: Limited Image Choices
Pro: Meets Stringent Regulatory And Compliance Requirements
Con: Costs Can Add Up Quickly
Pro: Tools For Tracking License Usage
Conclusion
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Amazon touts its latest Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offering -- EC2 Dedicated Hosts -- as a "physical server with EC2 instance capacity fully dedicated to your use." The offering is about as close as you can get to running bare-metal servers, yet still be in a virtualized environment.

The addition of dedicated hosts to Amazon's cloud services offerings marks an effort by the company to reach enterprise clients. Amazon has long been the environment in which to launch applications that represented a new generation. These apps were cloud-oriented and followed the rules of a cloud environment, scaling out over many servers as demand for them grew.

However, organizations looking to migrate legacy software licenses, and those operating in heavily regulated environments, typically require a greater level of control than most cloud services can offer.

[The struggle is real. Read 8 Reasons IT Pros Hate the Cloud.]

If you're a bit confused by what a dedicated host cloud service can do for you, rest assured that you’re not alone. We'll help you figure out when your IT department might choose to deploy dedicated hosts in your cloud environment. We'll also look at the pros and cons of dedicated hosts versus other offerings.

While we look specifically at Amazon’s EC2 Dedicated Host offering, you'll find many of the pros and cons we focus on here will be the same when you're considering similar solutions from other service providers. We'll get to the core of why you might choose dedicated hosts over other cloud offerings, and give you a view of the drawbacks you might encounter if you choose this route.

Once you've reviewed our guidance here, we'd love to hear your opinions. Is a dedicated host something you've been waiting for, and desperately need, from your cloud service provider? Or will the negative aspects of the services deter you from using them? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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