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Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) beta released

August 24, 2006

Amazon just released a new web service – Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). which will allow users to obtain and configure computing capacity onDemand, with complete control of your computing resources and lets users run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change.

Pricing is great, as expected from Amazon:
Pricing-
* Pay only for what you use.
* $0.10 per instance-hour consumed (or part of an hour consumed).
* $0.20 per GB of data transferred outside of Amazon (i.e., Internet traffic).
* $0.15 per GB-Month of Amazon S3 storage used for your images (charged by Amazon S3).

As of now EC2 provides command line tools and Java libraries but you may also directly access EC2’s SOAP-based API. Support for other programming languages, including Perl, Python and Ruby, will be provided in future(Hope they get to PHP quicker)

Service Highlights
� Elastic
Amazon EC2 enables you to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days. You can commission one, hundreds or even thousands of server instances simultaneously.
� Completely Controlled
You have complete control of your instances. You have root access to each one, and you can interact with them as you would any machine. Each instance predictably provides the equivalent of a system with a 1.7Ghz Xeon CPU, 1.75GB of RAM, 160GB of local disk, and 250Mb/s of network bandwidth.
� Designed for use with Amazon S3
Amazon EC2 works in conjunction with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to provide a combined solution for computing and storage across a wide range of applications.
� Reliable
Amazon EC2 offers a highly reliable environment where replacement instances can be rapidly and reliably commissioned. The service runs within Amazon’s proven network infrastructure and datacenters.
� Secure
Amazon EC2 provides web service interfaces to control network security. You define groups of instances and their desired accessibility.
� Inexpensive
Amazon EC2 passes on to you the financial benefits of Amazon’s scale. You pay a very low rate for the compute capacity you actually consume. Compare this with the significant up-front expenditures traditionally required to purchase and maintain hardware, either in-house or hosted.

Overall I think this should be a big hit with small to medium sized companies who need to ramp up their computing capacity on the fly.

Links:
Amazon EC2 Home Page
Resource Center
FAQs
Developer Forums

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