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People tout EC2 scalability all the time, but the reality is it only allows you scale down. You can easily find dedicated servers more powerful than the hardware that EC2 runs on, for vertical scaling, with hardware specifications tailored to your workload to boot. And if your infrastructure needs require horizontal scaling, you may need more flexibility than the generic use cases that the tools Amazon provides or can easily find alternatives for less than the cost of the EC2 premium anyhow.

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