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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 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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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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Amazon AWS Command Line Tool Help

Amazon’s Web Services are very handy, although sometimes the command line tool syntax is a little awkward to remember and the documentation, while extensive, is not quite as simple to navigate as I’d like. I’m providing these help files as … Continue reading

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Subversion Hosting Part 1 of 2

Over the last few weeks I’ve been considering some options for cutting development costs for myself and a few clients. One of the continuing questions is how to manage the code base. Keeping a development server on hand is great … Continue reading

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EC2 Instances Die and Other Lessons From The Cloud

Today I learned a few painful lessons: First, EC2 instances die and a simple reboot will not recover them. Second, unlike many web hosts – amazon doesn’t offer any level of monitoring. Third, backups are only useful if they’re current. … Continue reading

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Default runlevel on EC2 is 4

Migrating to EC2? Here’s a gotcha that’s documented but not something I even thought to look up. You can see it in the System Output Log from bootup “INIT: Entering runlevel: 4” The default runlevel for EC2 instances (at least … Continue reading

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Amazon EC2 Disk Performance

Update (3/3/2010): a better measure of RAID performance is available here. While considering different options for a database server, I decided to do some digging into Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an alternative to dedicated servers from an ISP. I … Continue reading

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Amazon Block Storage is huge

This morning my spam filter caught this message from Amazon announcing the new Amazon Block Storage service. I’m looking forward to seeing this work it’s way into implementations from hosting companies that are currently re-selling a service layer on top … Continue reading

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