Amazon’s Virtual Data Center

By Deane Barker on August 24, 2006 Amazon Web Services Store: Amazon EC2 / Amazon Web Services: My understanding of how this works is that you can upload a disk image of a machine, and it will live at Amazon on some virtual, uber-server, and run there. Cost is $0.10 per hour (or $2.40 a day, or about $75 a month) plus data transfer.

So, it’s like a hosting account, just faster to get up and running? And resizable? I might be out of my depth here.

Amazon EC2 presents a true virtual computing environment, allowing you to use web service interfaces to requisition machines for use, load them with your custom application environment, manage your network’s access permissions, and run your image using as many or few systems as you desire.

The “Web service” part is interesting. So I could theoretically sense that my app was under load, and have a script that connected to their Web server and automatically brought a new server online? Huh.

I’m liking Amazon more and more each day.

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