By now many of you are aware that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fully supported by Red Hat on Amazon EC2. You can read more about the offering at http://www.redhat.com/solutions/cloud/. Jeff Barr blogged about this in November, 2007 (aws.typepad.com/aws/2007/11/red-hat-enterpr.html).
I’m posting this from Boston, where I am attending the Red Hat Global Summit -- more specifically helping with a hands-on lab that teaches developers and IT staff how to deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Amazon EC2. (It's really easy.) It’s been fun to meet enterprise developers from all over the world, and surprising to find out that no matter what country the developer is in awareness about Cloud Computing is high.
Perhaps you already saw the posts in other blogs… Red Hat announced that their JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is available in beta form as a service within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
Traditionally we think of Java application servers as building blocks that live in a hallowed enterprise data center; however with this announcement yet another one of those essential technologies is running fully supported by the vendor in the Cloud. In mission-critical applications support is essential--and for Red Hat products that means 24x7 operational support plus developer support. See www.redhat.com/support/policy/sla/production for a menu of offerings to choose from.
This is all quite amazing. Just over two years ago Amazon Simple Storage Service launched, followed in August of 2006 by Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. In the short span of time since 2006 we’ve seen Cloud Computing grow from an idea to “of course we use it” for many organizations. With the advent of powerhouse enterprise infrastructure and applications, it seems inevitable that line-of-business applications in the cloud will become commonplace.
Getting started is easy, with just three steps:
- Sign up for Amazon EC2
- Purchase a subscription to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on Amazon EC2 or purchase a subscription to JBoss on Amazon EC2
- Deploy your applications on the newly-minted application server; then optionally make a custom AMI from this image and save it as your own private version in Amazon S3.
You can learn more at aws.amazon.com/partners/redhat.