Amazon ElastiCache – Underwhelmed?
August 23, 2011
This morning I received an email from Amazon Web Services announcing the release of Amazon ElastiCache. In Amazon’s own words “ElastiCache is a web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud.” At first glance, that sounds very handy to have. After all, Amazon already has DB backends, instances for application front ends, load balancers and remote file storage, really the only part left for a large application is cache. The best part about Amazon ElastiCache, and a very smart thing to do overall, is that it is running Memcache (or at least is Memcached compatible). So I start out very enthused by this prospect, but by the time I get to the pricing section… I’m very underwhelmed.
Truly non-interactive / unattended apt-get install
December 4, 2008
I’ve recently begun tinkering with Amazon Web Services (specifically their EC2 service) and RightScale. The major difference between these “Cloud” computing platforms and others is that the “instance” (i.e A running virtual machine) is temporary. Once it is shut down, all the data is gone. Additionally, the RightScale (and fairly common) way about going things is to use a “clean” machine image and script the install of the specific packages you need on Launch.