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Amazon gets Elastic

Amazon is launching a new service - the Elastic Compute Cloud (or EC2 to its friends).

Like S3, its storage service, EC2 is a "cloud" service, treating compute resources as a commodity that can be charged for as a utility. Machine images are used to handle applications - with templates available to ease configuration. Amazon is currently supporting Fedora Core 3 and 4 Linux OSes with a 2.6 kernel, though it says any 2.6 kernel--based distribution should work. Each image is 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.
S3 will be used for storage. Pricing is good, too, especially when compared to Sun's $1/CPU/Hour:
  • 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).
Worth looking at as a prototyping facility, or as a source of quick compute power when required.

It's only limited beta to start with, though. So don't start piling on to it yet!

There's a FAQ here.

Crossposted to A New IT World

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vicarage
Aug. 24th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Sun couldn't get this model to work renting supercomputer nodes. They were charging $1 an hour, and the costs would quickly ratchet. Big intellectual property issues when you run your code, even binaries, on other hardware before its finished and protected too.
zeit
Aug. 24th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
Seems cheap enough. I may never buy another computer.
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