Just as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) enables storage in the cloud, Amazon EC2 enables “compute” in the cloud. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment.
Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use.
Flexibility is one of the key advantages of Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) platform. You can provision computing resources instantaneously without the headache of setting up your own data center or even buying servers! The power of on-demand Cloud computing resources lies in the ability to provision (and release) resources quickly and affordably.
If you currently own your own computing infrastructure or are considering building out a new configuration, remember to consider all the “hidden” costs of ownership; servers, network equipment, rack space, etc., PLUS all of your operational costs such as power, cooling, system administration, etc. Also remember you will pay most of these costs regardless what percentage of capacity utilization you end up consuming!
Amazon’s EC2 model has helped many of our clients drive capital expense out of their IT operation, enabling large enterprises and startups alike mitigate the investment risk typically associated with business expansion.
We have heard a lot about Cloud Computing and Saas, but what about moving high-performance graphics workstations to the cloud? This article describes how Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, located in Charlotte, NC, built a Private Cloud that included their high-performance graphics workstations (HPGW).
The Little Cloud is in production and on track to reduce their workstation and laptop hardware expense by 67% ($2M) over the next 10 years.