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Honesty Box: EBS Performance Revisited

As part of my work on Honesty Box, I’ve been reviewing EBS disk performance once again. This was a great opportunity to expand on the research from last year. After re-reading what I posted then, along with the wealth of … 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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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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Loading Data Into Bash Variables

For those unfamiliar with Unix and Linux environments, bash is the command line shell that is standard on many distributions. These examples grew out of challenges attempting to automate EC2 processes. These basic principles of course can be applied more … 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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Getting up and Running with Gearman

Gearman is a job scheduling service and I’m very excited about it. I’m using it in a development capacity so your mileage may vary in production but I wanted to share my experience thus far. As I said, I’m very … 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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