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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

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

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