Category Archives: Web Hosting

Installing Facebook’s PHP SDK 101

Prerequisites: Familiarity with uploading PHP code, file includes and directory structures. If you are uncertain how to do any of these things, I recommend hiring someone to help you. Installing Facebook’s PHP SDK is really very simple, you have two … Continue reading

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Testing Your AWS Elastic Load Balancer

Vijay Ramachandran asked me, via twitter, how to test if an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer is really doing it’s job. Because 140 characters really isn’t sufficient space to handle this answer, I’ve created this post. Feel free to use any … Continue reading

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Amazon Sweetens the Cloud Pot

I was excited to learn that AWS has sweetened the pot for people who want to try out infrastructure as a service by eliminating bandwidth charges less than 1Gb. Furthermore, the aggregation of pricing across services means many smaller sites … Continue reading

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Three Types of Clouds

Last night I attended CloudCamp in Minneapolis. While there was much healthy discussion about the “cloud”, one thing became crystal clear for me. The cloud means different things to different people. George Reese summed it up well, there are three … Continue reading

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Amazon Opening US-WEST-1

While I don’t have access to it yet, apparently Amazon has opened US-WEST-1 for EC2. Customers using enStratus have access already. This is important because anyone leveraging platforms like Facebook or MySpace have just put themselves nearly 3000 miles closer … Continue reading

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MySQL Relational Database Service on AWS

The stable of services available through AWS is continuing to expand! Last night Amazon announced RDS (Relational Database Service) which look a lot like EC2 instances running MySQL with EBS volumes – something I have a fair bit of experience … Continue reading

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Elastic Load Balancing in Multiple Zones

Ran into a problem this morning with Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer. If you want to have multiple availability zones, say us-east-1a and us-east-1b, behind your elastic load balancer, be sure to have at least one healthy instance running in each. … Continue reading

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3 Amazon Elastic Load Balancer Tips

Getting running on Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer is easy. Once your up, you’ll also need to monitor it and do some basic maintenance of your nodes. These tips should make the most of the Elastic Load Balancer and show you … Continue reading

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Scaling Out with EC2, CloudWatch, Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing

Earlier this year, Amazon launched a suite of new services that replaced the need to work with a product like Scalr and RightScale for building scaleable applications on the EC2 platform. Those tools help you allocate more resources according to … Continue reading

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Exploring Amazon CloudFront

A few weeks ago I switched Sexii to use Amazon’s CloudFront content delivery network (CDN) instead of serving images through my own Apache server. The decision came after analysis of watching my EC2 instance get slammed through a couple of … Continue reading

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