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EC2 Rock and Roll

There’s so much happening with Amazon EC2 that I can hardly read it all. Here’s a sampling:

  • The Atlantis Computing blog talks about Amazin Amazon or why EC2 is the bee’s knees. Instead of investing between 30 and 40% of their seed capital on hardware, they have implemented it on top of EC2. As the post notes, the monetary savings is important, but it is not the only benefit to them. They can now focus on their core competency of building their application (Thewebtop).
  • One-time Amazonian Greg Linden, author of the Geeking with Greg blog, talks discusses the use of Hadoop on Amazon EC2. Greg saved me the trouble of linking to the Hadoop on EC2 page.
  • Speaking of Hadoop on EC2, Scott Delap says that you can Run Your Own Google Style Computing Cluster with Hadoop and Amazon EC2.
  • The Android Tech blog says that we are Leading the Charge to Web 3.0.  As they say, “Who knew?”
  • David Berlind (co-organizer of Mashup Camp and Startup Camp) does the math, in Amazons Jeff Bezos: Honey, I Just Shrunk the Server Hosting Business. David really cuts to the chase of what makes EC2 special, when he writes “None of these back of the envelope calculations take into account what happens if you get smart about server utilization and decide to take full advantage of the Amazon APIs that, in a blink of an eye, can turn these x86 instances on and off. With dedicated hosting of the sort that we have, because of our annual contract, we’re married to two servers for an entire year. Whether we’re using them or not, we’re paying. Not so with Amazon’s EC2.”

If that’s not enough for you, check out the AWS Buzz items for EC2 on

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Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.