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Glenn Fleishman

Thanks for the tips on where to read how to distribute tasks. One of my weekly tasks is that a dedicated $2,500 computer (two years old at that price, so probably $1,000 of current computational power) loads a large dataset and spends about 24 hours using close to full processing power to parse and normal data into a few gigabytes worth of linked MySQL tables.

I need to reconceptualize the task, as I imagine splitting it among even 2 computers would be difficult at the moment, since all the tasks are dependent. If I could turn a 1-computer, 24 hour task into a 20-compute 3 hour tasks, that would cost me a grand total of $6, and probably a couple bucks in terms of moving the databases on and off my production systems, and storing a backup in S3.

Leitsystemseiten

A quite intrestingidea is realized in this website! And a good and easy to handle design has been found too!

Fred Domke

As exciting as this is from a cost/benefit perspective, I think the real value to my customers in B2B integration is the elimination of the remaining barrier to building effective and efficient networks that extend business processes across enterprise boundaries has been eliminated. The Virtual VAN already leveraged Amazon’s S3 for virtual storage and SQS for the Internet point-of-presence. Now we can build an image of EME and deploy it to EC2 and eliminate the need to install and configure a server at all! All an enterprise will need is a lightweight connector that sends and receives messages to SQS. Everything else is ‘virtual.’ As the barriers are removed, the full business value of B2B integration will finally be realized.

Danny de Wit

It's seems like a great service that enables small firms, like ours, to launch their new products on a great infrastructure. Which translates into a very big relief of pressure for us.

If the service is available when we launch, our two new on demand products in development (a personal productivity tool + calendar & a enterprise backend system), will probably both be on EC2.

Any idea when this gets out of beta? Or when it will allow more users? We've signed up too late, but would love to launch on it.

We expect to go live in 2 - 3 months time.

Interesting

Nobody stores all their money in a mattress, they trust a bank to store it, and just have their identity ready to claim it. Similarly, I think the days where everybody saves their data, or hires IT administrators and buys servers and all the attendant headaches are going to be history in the next 10 years. Small businesses, freelancers, consultants will particularly benefit from this paradigm change, and cut out all the middlemen and overhead. Online services and renting compute power on demand are absolutely the wave of the future.

If someone at Amazon is farsighted enough to assemble a "virtual company template" which integrates a ticketing system, elastic compute cloud, a CRM and customer database, version control, backup, standard company website template with an integrated product download and payment system, and a tax/expenses template, there will be a exodus of cubicle dwellers itching to create new products. Amazon could well emerge as the new IBM-like services giant, and Microsoft will be left far behind. But the above requires execution and vision, and a lot luck in being at the right place and the right time. Time will tell.

Sheina

The term "Cloud Computing" emerged after 2007. However, Why did Amazon already call their Service "Elastic Computer Cloud" back in 2006?

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