When comparing Gandi vs Amazon EC2, the Slant community recommends Gandi for most people. In the question“What are the best VPS providers?” Gandi is ranked 7th while Amazon EC2 is ranked 11th.
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Pro Best in basic features
Pro Private Whois registration is included
Private whois registration is provided without any extra charges.
Pro All-inclusive package
Pro Two-factor authentication
Pro Programmatic API support.
Pro Free unlimited subdomains
Pro Free email forwarding
Pro Free web mail
Pro Strong Anti-SOPA stance
Gandi took a stand against SOPA.
Pro Access levels and delegating is easy
Pro One-year free tier
You get 750 hours per month of free t2.micro usage for the first year.
Pro New t2.nano tier makes it cost competitive
AWS has typically been much more expensive but the new tier brings them inline with a $5 per months starter.
Pro Excellent feature-set
The tools and features available on AWS are mind blowing. From blob store through load balancers, queuing and databases just for starters.
Con Can be perceived as lacking professionalism due to the blunt "no bullshit" tagline
At face value, Gandi's "no bullshit" marketing slogan and tone may be perceived as unprofessional, especially in the eyes of corporate or otherwise sensitive clients of yours.
Con No automatic renewal
No automatic renewal unless with pre-paid money (which makes little sense, as one can register for a few years).
Con Whois protection doesn't hide the name
Con No catch all email forwarding
Gandi does not support wildcard email forwarding for undefined addresses.
Con Part of large infrastructure
Being part of huge Amazon services infrastructure, EC2 burrows you into bureaucracy of a large company, advertising other Amazon services, and making simple things look complicated.