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Amazon Launches EC2 Console

Ever since AWS pre-announced that it was developing its own web-based console for EC2, we've been asked how it compares with RightScale. Now that it's released we can actually make an informed comparison. The one-sentence summary is that the current EC2 console is a control panel that gives you access to all EC2 functions, while RightScale is a complete management platform to design, deploy, and...Read more

Amazon Launches New Cloud in Europe

Amazon just unveiled an EC2 cloud in Europe - see the AWS feature guide on this topic. This EU offering has long been rumored and has been requested many times by customers in the EU as well as by US customers with sizable European user bases. Finally EC2 EU has arrived. It looks like it has landed in Ireland; I hope the Amazon team is ready for the customer onslaught. The EC2 EU announcement is...Read more

Amazon Releases CloudFront Cloud Content Distribution Network

Amazon just made its CloudFront service public, and in time-honored tradition RightScale offers full support for the new service in its dashboard. You can read Jeff Barr's announcement and Werner's blog post for the details. The folks at AWS have listened to users. Many users of S3, the Simple Storage Service, have been serving up web assets directly from S3 as if it were a CDN. This works...Read more

Why Amazon's Elastic Block Store Matters

On the technical side, Amazon's EBS service may look like just another great new feature of the Elastic Compute Cloud, but on the business side it enables a whole slew of new customers. I won't pretend that I understand all the new uses, but I can talk about those we see and are supporting. First a couple of words about what EBS is. In short, it's a SAN (storage area network) in the cloud. You...Read more

Amazon's Elastic Block Store Explained

Now that Amazon's Elastic Block Store is live I thought it'd be helpful to explain all the ins and outs as well as how to use them. The official information about EBS is found on the AWS site. I've written about the significance of EBS before and I'll follow up with a post about some new use cases it enables . The Basics EBS starts out really simple. You create a volume from 1GB to 1TB in size...Read more

Amazon EC2 Reaches Next Level with Persistent Storage Volumes

The Amazon folks have gone public today with the next EC2 feature: persistent storage. The official information is found in Jeff Barr's blog entry and in Matt's forum post . Calling persistent storage a feature is an understatement - it revolutionizes EC2 and enables usage patterns that any big-iron SAN user would die for. The Basics What does this persistent storage look like? We've been testing...Read more

RightAws Release 1.7.0, Including ActiveSDB Alpha

We released a new version of our Ruby library gem for accessing AWS Services, including EC2, S3, SQS, and SDB: RightAws 1.7.0 is now available on RubyForge . This version includes enhancements of the EC2 interface to support elastic IP addresses, selectable kernels, and availability zones. It also contains the first alpha release of ActiveSDB, which is a new ActiveResource-like interface for...Read more

RightScale for Amazon EC2 Elastic IP Address & Availability Zones

The cloud is accelerating past terrestrial hosting! Today, Amazon unveiled some major upgrades to its service: Elastic IP addresses, Availability Zones, and selectable kernels. The first two are particularly important because they not only eliminate one of the remaining deficiencies of the service, but provide better functionality than what is currently available in common hosting services...Read more

Setting Up a Fault-Tolerant Site with Amazon's Availability Zones

Amazon's Availability Zones are a fabulous new feature that allows users to assign instances to locations that are fault-tolerant from one another yet that have high bandwidth between each other. I wish I could have done something like that as easily when I was responsible for operations at Citrix Online and we had five datacenters worldwide. As I'll explain in this post, what Amazon actually...Read more

DNS, Elastic IPs (EIP) and How Things Fit When Upgrading a Server

Amazon's new Elastic IP (EIP) addresses allow users to allocate an IP address and assign it to an instance of their choice. What's really cool is that each IP address can be reassigned to a different instance when needed. For example, if the first one failed or if a new one is supposed to take its place. Before going into an example, let's review how the Elastic IPs work: You can allocate up to 5...Read more

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