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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

Amazon Launches Virtual Private Clouds

This evening Amazon launched a new service called Virtual Private Cloud. You can read the details on the product page and the AWS blog , plus a nice backgrounder on Werner Vogel's blog . The short story is that it allows anyone to spin up a private enclave within Amazon's infrastructure. VPC users can segregate their EC2 instances from others' and get a VPN connection from their own data center...Read more

Amazon Adds Load Balancing, Monitoring, and Autoscaling

Amazon tonight launched load balancing, monitoring, and autoscaling for the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) . These features have been requested many times by EC2 users and with this release Amazon continues to show that it listens and responds to feedback. Read Jeff Barr's description on the AWS blog and Werner Vogels' backgrounder on his blog . At RightScale we've been experimenting with a preview...Read more

RightScale + Ubuntu + Eucalyptus = Cloud in a Box

Want a cloud in a box? Then start requisitioning a couple of machines now so you're ready on Thursday to load up Ubuntu 9.04, install Eucalyptus, and follow the prompt to register your cloud with RightScale. And best of all, it's all free - free open source software and access to a free RightScale service account. We're finally getting close to the release of Ubuntu 9.04, which includes the...Read more

McKinsey Doesn't 'Get' the Cloud

The McKinsey report "Clearing the air on cloud computing" is getting some attention. It has some good stuff in it, including the warning that cloud computing is approaching the top of the Gartner hype cycle. However, its claim that cloud computing (in the guise of EC2) ends up being more expensive per server month for large enterprises than doing it in-house seems fatally flawed. In particular,...Read more

RightScale Ruby Cloud Gems Released

We've just rereleased all the Ruby gems (libraries) we use to interface to the various cloud providers. These gems are what we use in our RightScale platform in production, not some stripped-down version. They have performance optimizations and extensive error checking as well as retries for failing operations. As part of the current wave, we've released the Amazon Web Services interface RightAws...Read more

RightScale Supports Amazon EC2 Europe

Our platform now supports Amazon EC2 in Europe! Several of our customers have already noticed it and are running servers there using RightScale. This brings the cloud offering in Europe practically up to par with what's available in the US. After operating production servers in the EU for about a month now, I must say that it's been pleasantly uneventful! It actually took me a few server launches...Read more

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