Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

Bear with me as I take down my EC2 to convert it to a reserved instance

Monday, October 5th, 2009

thought amazon converted them automatically?
Sadly no, and it cost me a month to find out. I’m writing a blog post about it.

Cloud Economics 101

Monday, October 5th, 2009

On the surface it’s apparent that EC2 is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24×7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. So where is all the savings ? What’s all the hype about ?

Bitbucket downtime, Amazon and what’s coming

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

As many of you are well aware, we’ve been experiencing some serious downtime the past couple of days. Starting Friday evening, our network storage became virtually unavailable to us, and the site crawled to a halt.

We’re hosting everything on Amazon EC2, aka. “the cloud”, and we’re also using their EBS service for storage of everything from our database, logfiles, and user data (repositories.)

They were DDOSed and neither them nor Amazon had a clue for 20+ hours.

Four Tips for Avoiding VM Sprawl in the Public Cloud

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Welcome to the dark side of cloud computing—the world of VM sprawl.

With the newfound ability to launch servers on-demand comes the critical responsibility to shut them down when they are no longer serving their purpose. When people do their ROI analysis and embark on the cloud adventure, however, they aren’t often considering the responsibility part of this equation. Newcomers to the cloud generally find it very easy to start up servers but very hard to shut them down. The result is a cloud infrastructure with an unfortunate number of pointless servers.

Yep. That’s how amazon makes their money.