How good is it as a replacement for standard hosting (server rental)? In terms of the actual cost of output, and performance in the work? Can I get guaranteed resources comparable to a dedicated server?
If you have experience in deploying large projects, I will be very happy to hear feedback.
In general, EC2 is expensive, and its instances are not protected from falls. At the same time, ALL data is irretrievably lost. Therefore, to use EC2 add the use of the virtual disk service (mount), from which you will constantly be backed up to S3. Do you feel? One service pulls the others. And you have to choose whether to switch to the Amazon cloud completely or look for alternatives.
As it was already written above, I would also recommend linode.
There is also a functional shell RightScale, which allows you to logically group servers, assign roles, create templates and bind boot scripts to each server. It is also possible to do autoscaling in a short time. Depending on the load, new servers will start automatically.
If you need to run a couple of servers, then rackspace.com is your case.
There will be questions on the topic - contact the PM.
You will pay for the channel and for the volume and the load for the full program.
As an experiment, I started there. Debian looked around and realized that it was not clear why this could be used so that it wasn’t very expensive, and sometimes without ddos the process would hang and eat your cashies.