Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2

Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) continue to impress.  Just annouced is the limited beta test of their newest service – Elastic Compute Cloud, allowing extremely cheap, on-demand, (somewhat) scalable computing.  Cost is $0.10 per instance-hour plus $0.20 per gig external transfer, as well as a charge to store your virtual machines’ images on Amazon S3 ($0.15 per gig).

Each instance provides a “1.7Ghz Xeon CPU, 1.75GB of RAM, 160GB of local disk, and 250Mb/s of network bandwidth.”

I’ve been a user of their S3 (simple storage service) and am extremely impressed by the speed, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of their web services.   It will be interesting to see new products and technologies making use of this commodity grid storage and computing now available to everyone.

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