We did a study a few months ago to evaluate the Amazon EC2 as an alternative host to both physical and virtual server spaces managed in house. Won't go into too much detail on it (unless people are interested), but our benchmark tests showed the performance of the EC2 consistently beat the performance of our in-house servers.
The only big issue we had was cost, where our estimation of the price of running our servers off the EC2 would make actually doing so prohibitive. There were also some confusing fees built in the payment model, the one off the top of my head being "x cents per million I/O operations". As someone who went with the EC2 and is running one currently, could you comment quick on your monthly costs (though I understand though if you don't want to release that information.) Thanks.
David K. Uspal
Technology Development Specialist
Falvey Memorial Library
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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Erik Mitchell
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:22 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Any libraries have their sites hosted on Amazon EC2?
When I was at Wake Forest University we moved a large chunk of our web
services to Amazon and it worked out well. We chose Amazon because at
the time they were the clear leader in IaaS stuff but since then a
number of providers (Linode and Rackspace are two) have emerged as
As for why we moved that is a long story :)
On Feb 21, 2012, at 10:40 PM, Nate Hill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Apologies for cross-posting.
> If yes, I'd love to hear why you chose to and how that is working out for
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