Amazon Opens EC2 for all, new instance types added
Good news from the Amazon EC2 team. On their Developer Connection Forum, they have just announced that EC2 is now open to all, which is cool, and they now have a total of 3 instance types:
- Small: which is the standard 1.7Gb memory, 1 EC2 Compute Unit (more on that later) and 160Gb hdd. this is 32bit only, and still goes for 10c per hour.
- Large: 7.5Gb RAM, 4 EC2 Compute Units (2 virtual cores with 2 compute units each), 850Gb storage and 64bit processing. this goes for 40c per hour.
- Extra Large: 15Gb memory, 8 EC2 compute cores (4 virtual cores with 2 EC2 compute units each), 1680Gb storage and 64 bit processing. price: 80c per hour.
But, i hear you ask, what is a EC2 Compute Unit? Amazon has info here. Originally, they said it was a 1.7Gz Xeon. but as they say in their documentation, its a 1.7Gz early 2006 Xeon. now, they say, its the equivalent of a 1-1.2Gz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon.
So, this is pretty cool. the opening of EC2 will hopefully get more people working on it, and might get Amazon to add a SLA to it like they just did to S3. It may also push them to get some sort of EC2->S3 bridge which auto backs up instances.
[update] AWB Blog has a bit more on this.
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