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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Exciting News from Amazon


Amazon announced three new offerings in their cloud platform today. All sound very interesting, and all have potential utility to ICPSR.

One, Amazon now offers a bona fide relational database (MySQL-type) in the cloud. They handle the patching, scaling, and other classic DBA functions; you provide the data. We use Oracle heavily today, but make little use of Oracle-only features.

Two, they are now offering "high-memory" instances: High-Memory Double Extra Large Instance 34.2 GB of memory, 13 EC2 Compute Units (4 virtual cores with 3.25 EC2 Compute Units each), 850 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform ($1.20/hour); and, High-Memory Quadruple Extra Large Instance 68.4 GB of memory, 26 EC2 Compute Units (8 virtual cores with 3.25 EC2 Compute Units each), 1690 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform ($2.40/hour).

Three, they are dropping the price of "on-demand" instances by 15% effective Nov 1. We've switched to reserved instances for some of our long-lived virtual systems, but we still have a handful of on-demand systems, and so this will have an immediate positive impact on our monthly bill.

Definitely a nice "treat" from Amazon this Halloween!

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