Category: Amazon EC2

Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud Platform Service Mapping

May 7, 2015 | By | 4 Comments
Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud Platform Service Mapping

As a Developer Advocate on the Google Cloud Platform team, I am frequently asked what services we provide.  If the person I’m talking to is familiar with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the quickest way to jump start an explanation of Google Cloud Platform is to start with a comparison to AWS’s similar services, then cover […]

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Amazon EC2 user? Don’t ignore reserved instances.

June 4, 2013 | By | 3 Comments
Amazon EC2 user?  Don’t ignore reserved instances.

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

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

During the past year, I’ve learned a lot about various cloud computing offerings including Amazon EC2 / S3 / CloudFront / Beanstalk / RDS / etc., Rackspace Cloud, Salesforce.com, 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 | 41 Comments
Amazon EC2 Micro Instance and Stolen CPU

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 WordPress.com

January 31, 2011 | By | 25 Comments
How and why I moved my blog to Amazon EC2 from WordPress.com

On October 30th, 2007, I launched my blog, GregsRamblings.com.  At the time, I needed something quick and simple so I went with WordPress.com, a very popular WordPress hosting site.  You can have a blog up and running in less than five minutes.  Although WordPress.com 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
Distributing content world wide using Amazon CloudFront

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

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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