Cloud hosting is relatively new. With the market place for Cloud computing providers growing by the day, consumers have the ability to invest in Cloud hosting solutions providing very specific offerings – Linux Cloud or Windows Cloud – or very varying services – Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Cloud Office Operations etc. Moreover, with so many up and coming providers in the Cloud services market place, users can purchase Cloud solutions for as little as a few bucks per month to as much as a few thousand dollars per month.
With this in mind, we want to take this space to dig a bit into one of the big boys in the Cloud hosting market – Amazon. Known for their ability to ship merchandise around the world in record time, Amazon has also made a name for themselves in the consumer/business Cloud hosting space. With Amazon EC2, the merchandise giant has carved out a healthy niche in the Cloud market. Below is a review of Amazon EC2.
Amazon EC2 Pricing
Billed as a scalable solution (the “E” in EC2 is meant for elastic), Amazon allows their clients to utilize Amazon Cloud solutions on a per hour basis. With options for Linux, Windows, Red Hat, Suse and Windows with SQL (both standard and web), Amazon offers their clients the ability to join the Cloud by only paying for what they need. With so many options, charting the entire Amazon Cloud solution price breakdown here would be silly. Instead, if you were to run Amazon EC2 Linux Micro Cloud, you would pay $.020 per hour. On the other hand, you could also opt for an Amazon EC2 Linux High-Storage Instance for $4.60 per hour. This pricing plan, many options (cheap to expensive) holds true for all Amazon Cloud services. Amazon gives users the option to determine how much they want to spend depending on their resource needs.
Amazon EC2 Operating Systems
Like the majority of Cloud hosting firms on the market which do both Linux and Windows Cloud deployments, Amazon offers their clients a fair amount of choices in terms of operating systems. Concerning Cloud Linux servers, clients can deploy CentOS, Amazon Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Debian, Oracle Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu.
If Linux isn’t your cup of tea, Amazon EC2 offers a wide variety of Cloud Windows Operating Systems. Those include, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Standard 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 Base, Windows Server 2008 with SQL Server Standard 2008, Windows Server 2003 R2 Base, Windows Server 2008 Base and an additional 11 other Windows operating system.
Suffice to say, when it comes to operating systems, the Amazon Cloud has you covered.
Amazon EC2 Scalability
Above any other element, the Amazon Cloud is built upon the idea of scalability. According to the Amazon EC2 website,
“Amazon EC2 enables you to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days. You can commission one, hundreds or even thousands of server instances simultaneously. Of course, because this is all controlled with web service APIs, your application can automatically scale itself up and down depending on its needs.”
While marketing product description tends to be loaded and full of it, the Amazon EC2 Cloud lives up to its marketing. With the ability to scale when you need and the further ability to auto scale depending on your settings, the Amazon EC2 Cloud enables users to grow and shrink their Cloud resources within instants.
The take away here is from price, to options and to scalability, the Amazon EC2 Cloud deployment is worth the investment. With a ton of added features, excellent Cloud Storage solutions and elastic load balancing, deploying the Amazon Cloud means deploying a Cloud which is more powerful than you will ever need for a price you can afford.