Just receieved an email from Amazon’s webservices. It seems they are beta testing their “Amazon EC2″ (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud). A EC2 is basically a computation cloud that allows you access for $0.10 per hour. “Amazon S3″ (Amazon Simple Storage Service) is part of this.
It will be interesting to find out exactly what this is and if there is any way it can make what we do better or add something that we didn’t know we needed.
Here is the email that was sent to me this morning.
This is a short note to let you know about a limited beta of our newest webservice: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Since the beta will bevery limited, we’re only e-mailing a select group of developers at thispoint who have been making Amazon Web Services requests in the past month.
Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in thecloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Just as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) enables storage in thecloud, Amazon EC2 enables “compute” in the cloud. Amazon EC2′s simple webservice interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimalfriction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resourcesand lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances tominutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as yourcomputing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics ofcomputing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use.
At this stage, we’re only accepting a limited number of beta customers, soif you’re interested in Amazon EC2, we recommend you move fast. If you findthat our beta is full by the time you sign up, please accept our apologiesand stay ready. As soon as we can accommodate more participants, we wille-mail those of you who have given us your e-mail addresses and you’ll haveanother chance to try Amazon EC2. Click on the link below to learn moreand get started:
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The Amazon Web Services Team