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AWS Marketplace Launch Creates Jump in Amazon.com Stock Price

Amazon EC2 Market launches and the stock prices increases at market open. As all of these new services come in to place they require using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud and related services, so I believe it is not a bad idea to invest in Amazon.

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AWS Marketplace Launches

The other day I was looking at the Bitnami stacks and was thinking how incredible it is that you can create an amazon AMI image and share, deploy, and instantly launch a web server. This has interesting repercussions for software and copyright holders, imagine installing a licensed operating system like Redhat or Microsoft Windows and then giving hundreds of thousands of others the ability to instantly clone it. Oops. Amazon Web Services is pleased to announce AWS Marketplace, an online store where customers can find, buy, and quickly deploy software that runs on AWS. AWS Marketplace includes pay-as-you-go products, free software (AWS infrastructure fees still apply), and hosted software with varied pricing models. CA Canonical Couchbase Check Point IBM Microsoft SUSE Red Hat SAP Many widely used open source offerings, including WordPress Drupal MediaWiki This certainly will make software as a service companies and providers – I’m thinking cheap web hosting for wordpress, for example, have to take another look at their product / services model and pricing tiers. You’ll be charged for what you use, by the hour or month, and software charges will appear on the same bill as your other AWS services. When you find the software you’d like to purchase, you can use AWS Marketplace’s 1-Click deployment to quickly launch pre-configured server images, or deploy with familiar tools like the AWS Console.

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ec2 server create syntax (man page)

This is the knife create syntax page. I was trying to launch an instance of Chef with the “knife create” command that chef’s knife provides. The documentation page gives this example for how to launch a web server on Amazon’s EC2 server, but without much explanation of the terms: knife ec2 server create -r “role[webserver]” -I ami-2d4aa444 –flavor m1.small -G www,default -x ubuntu -N server01 After doing some searching I just ended up digging into the code and found this information quite helpful, and so I am sharing it: -f FLAVOR ( or –flavor FLAVOR ) The flavor of server (m1.small, m1.medium, etc) default: m1.small -I IMAGE ( or –image IMAGE ) The AMI for the server -G X,Y,Z ( or –groups X,Y,Z ) The security groups for this server default: “default” -Z ZONE ( or –availability-zone ZONE ) The Availability Zone default: us-east-1b -N NAME ( or –node-name NAME ) The Chef node name for your new node -S KEY ( or –ssh-key KEY ) The AWS SSH key id -x USERNAME ( or –ssh-user USERNAME ) The ssh username default: root -P PASSWORD ( or –ssh-password PASSWORD ) The ssh password -i IDENTITY_FILE ( or –identity-file IDENTITY_FILE ) The SSH identity file used for authentication –prerelease Install the pre-release chef gems –bootstrap-version VERSION The version of Chef to install -d DISTRO ( or –distro DISTRO ) Bootstrap a distro using a template default: ubuntu10.04-gems –template-file TEMPLATE Full path to location of template to use –ebs-size SIZE The size of … Continue reading

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10 Amazon EC2 Alternatives

Amazon EC2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is dersigned to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon 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. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ Digital Ocean Deploy an 512MB RAM and 20GB SSD cloud server in 55 seconds for $5/month. Simple, fast, scalable SSD cloud virtual servers. This competitor was recently featured on Uncrunched and the site boasted, “Digital Ocean v. AWS: 10x Performance For 1/3 Cost”. I am floored at how fast their servers are (if you know linux try doing something like du or updatedb or even find / -iname “*firefox*” – each command takes about 1 second! https://www.digitalocean.com/ Slicehost / Rackspace Create Cloud Virtual Servers in minutes and pay per usage. Get a Windows or Linux Cloud Server with root access. 1 to 50 servers in minutes. Choose a server size and pay for what you use. Accessible … Continue reading

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