Category: Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2 user? Don’t ignore reserved instances.

June 4, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

There are many Amazon EC2 users like me – those with a handful of micro, small, or medium instances to run various web services, etc.   I have a personal account with Amazon with a single EC2 small instance for my aerial photography business website as well as various websites for friends and family.  I recently […]

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Amazon EC2 – a real-world case study of moving from a data center to the cloud

May 2, 2012 | By | 4 Comments

Two years ago, I blogged about ChessJam, a chess application that I helped develop where people from all over the world play live chess with each other.  Since launching ChessJam, it’s been up and running 24/7 with very little downtime and has experienced some good growth. To give you a sense of the activity levels, […]

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My Adobe MAX session – Migration to the Cloud – How Do I Get There?

September 20, 2011 | By | 1 Comment

During the past year, I’ve learned a lot about various cloud computing offerings including Amazon EC2 / S3 / CloudFront / Beanstalk / RDS / etc., Rackspace Cloud,, Cloud Foundry, Heroku, and of course, the growing number of Adobe cloud-related offerings.  I’ve also learned that “cloud” is probably the most overused word I’ve come […]

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Amazon EC2 Micro Instance and Stolen CPU

February 7, 2011 | By | 39 Comments

Last week, I moved my blog to Amazon EC2 in order to have more control of it (blogged here). I chose a Micro instance running Ubuntu Linux because Micro is the least expensive (2 cents per hour) and from my previous experience hosting various websites and services on Micro instances, I felt it was more […]

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How and why I moved my blog to Amazon EC2 from

January 31, 2011 | By | 25 Comments

On October 30th, 2007, I launched my blog,  At the time, I needed something quick and simple so I went with, a very popular WordPress hosting site.  You can have a blog up and running in less than five minutes.  Although has served me well, I’ve had a few frustrations along the […]

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Distributing content world wide using Amazon CloudFront

October 5, 2010 | By | 6 Comments

A few days ago, I announced that many of the samples in Tour de Flex are now hosted in 16 distributed locations.  As promised, here are the details: Prior to last Friday, most of the Tour de Flex samples were hosted from a dedicated server in California.  For those of us in the US, the […]

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My dive into the world of Amazon EC2 and the new crazy cheap Micro instance

September 22, 2010 | By | 18 Comments

I heard about Amazon EC2 when it launched in 2006 but had never really checked it out until about four weeks ago when I was looking for at my options for hosting some demos that require more control over the machine than what a typical hosting company provides.  One of my fellow evangelists, James Ward, […]

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