Amazon EBS Introduced: Now Suddenly I Care Again About Amazon EC2

by Jon Davis 21. August 2008 10:28

I shrugged off Amazon EC2 a couple years or so ago when they made it available, after spending a couple days trying to play with it and see how it ticks. My reason for shrugging it off? If a virtual machine crashes, everything gets destroyed, all custom apps all data, everything. Best you can do is build a virtual machine that has everything preinstalled on it and then uses something like Amazon S3 to load and back up the data store. The problem with that is that it requires plumbing and engineering, as well as 100% planned downtime (no crashes or other unexpected reboots allowed, lest you lose everything since the last backup).

Now Amazon introduces this:

With this, suddenly I'm interested again because now file storage persists in an EC2 instance when used in conjunction with EBS. I knew this day would come -- if not from Amazon then from Aptana's Cloud or from Microsoft's Mesh.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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