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The Pros and Cons of Cloud Hosting
I started my startup journey about 4 years back, right around the time Amazon introduced AWS. We started with a VPS and eventually moved to dedicated servers for Muziboo, completely skipping the cloud wave. We are doing the same for SupportBee. We do use S3 but we never used EC2 for hosting. However, I have worked as a consultant a couple of times in the last few years and I have worked with EC2 on client projects. I understand the benefits of cloud hosting but I don’t think that cloud is the right solution for every company. Traditional dedicated server hosting still makes a lot sense for majority of companies out there. However, before I get to that, let’s first quickly go over the benefits of cloud hosting
cloud  development  hosting  amazon  aws 
december 2011 by Aetles
Death match! EBS versus SSD price, performance, and QoS - MySQL Performance Blog
Is it a good idea to deploy your database into the cloud? It depends. I have seen it work well many times, and cause trouble at other times. In this blog post I want to examine cloud-based I/O. I/O matters a lot when a) the database’s working set is bigger than the server’s memory, or b) the workload is write-heavy. If this is the case, how expensive is it to get good performance, relative to what you get with physical hardware? Specifically, how does it compare to commodity solid-state drives? Let’s put them in the ring and let them duke it out.
I could do benchmarks, but that would not be interesting — we already know that benchmarks are unrealistic, and we know that SSDs would win. I’d rather look at real systems and see how they behave. Are the theoretical advantages of SSDs really a big advantage in practice? I will show the performance of two real customer systems running web applications.
ec2  performance  ssd  aws  database  hosting 
february 2011 by Aetles
Rackspace Cloud Servers vs. EC2: It's Ephemeral! | Chris Meller
First and foremost, and this can’t be said nearly enough for all those people jumping on EC2 because it’s flexible, EC2 instances are ephemeral. That means they can and do disappear at random. If there is a hardware failure in the physical node that hosts your instance it will simply disappear, along with any data that isn’t on an EBS device; you’re supposed to account for these types of things in your application design.

That means either some kind of heartbeat / load balanced setup1 where a server that disappears is automatically removed from the rotation or some other kind of monitoring, possibly a similar heartbeat system that uses that API to immediately spin up a replacement for the missing instance2.
amazon  cloud  aws  ec2 
february 2011 by Aetles
AWS Free Usage Tier
To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a new free usage tier. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer. AWS’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.
amazon  aws  ec2  cloud 
october 2010 by Aetles

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