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Cloud Japan: Fastest-Growing Cloud?

The pent-up demand for cloud computing in Japan seems to have grown almost exponentially in recent months. We have been working with Japanese customers and partners for years and now that a public cloud is available (the new EC2 Tokyo region ) we are ready for the floodgates to open! We've formed a RightScale subsidiary in Japan with local employees which we officially announced today , and we're...Read more

Windows in the Cloud with RightScale

As many of you know we've been working on supporting Windows on par with Linux within RightScale for close to a year. The big moment has finally arrived where we can announce the general availability of our Windows support! By "support" we mean much more than being able to launch a Windows instance on EC2, which has been possible for a long time, so I thought it worthwhile to expand a little on...Read more

Accelerating Cloud Adoption

Over the past weeks we've been releasing a number of new features in response to numerous requests from our user base to broaden the reach of the RightScale platform. Just today we launched support for Amazon's new Singapore region, see Werner's blog post as well as Jeff Barr's . We've worked closely with the EC2 team so we can support the new region right out of the gate in our dashboard as well...Read more

Thoughts About the Amazon Simple Notification Service

Amazon just released a new service, the Simple Notification Service (SNS), which is a distributed message delivery service roughly similar to AMQP or JMS message services. It uses a publish-subscribe paradigm and supports push delivery of notifications using HTTP and email. It seems mostly targeted at back-end applications, such as servers sending notifications to one another, but given that is...Read more

Amazon Consolidated Billing and Reserved Instances

Amazon added consolidated billing a couple of days ago. It allows you to consolidate multiple accounts onto a single bill so your credit card only gets one hefty charge instead of many smaller ones from all the accounts you might have. What's actually nice is that you can download a CSV file with the details of all the accounts in one place so you get an overview of where the money is going.Read more

Bid for Your Instances!

We're clearly witnessing a year-end release finale at AWS with another big release tonight: EC2 spot instance pricing. Spot instance pricing is the third pricing model introduced by Amazon after the original per-hour price (now called "on-demand"), then the "reserved" instance pricing and now a supply and demand driven "spot" pricing. As far as I know, this is the first step on a large scale...Read more

Amazon EC2 - A New Chapter Begins

Tonight Amazon made a milestone release introducing the ability to boot instances from an EBS volume and stop and start instances. In addition, just a few weeks after announcing plans to expand AWS to the Far East, today it has moved west and made a U.S. West Coast cloud available. (Does Amazon need a compass?) For the AWS view on all this see Werner's Blog as well as Jeff Barr's postings . But...Read more

RightScale ServerTemplate Library and Machine Tags

Yesterday's release of the RightScale platform introduced two new features that I'm really excited about: the ServerTemplate Library and the use of Machine Tags on servers. We've had sophisticated sharing of ServerTemplates in RightScale for over a year now allowing certain users to share ServerTemplates, RightScripts and other design artifacts with other RightScale users. This enables us to...Read more

Amazon Launches Relational Database Service & Larger Server Sizes

Today is another big AWS launch day with two important new features available for EC2: a Relational Database Service (RDS) and larger servers and a 15% price reduction on compute cycles. With the Relational Database Service AWS fulfills a longstanding request from a large number of its users, namely to provide a full relational database as a service. What Amazon is introducing today is slightly...Read more

Amazon Usage Estimates

Two weeks ago Guy Rosen posted am interesting analysis of the EC2 instance IDs that reveals how many instances (virtual machines) have been launched on EC2 since its beginning in 2006. We've also been digging in our records, and I can share some interesting findings. First of all, Guy's analysis contains one significant error, due to the limited data set he had access to. Before May 2009 EC2...Read more

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