[Seaside] Re: Amazon EC2
tblanchard at mac.com
Fri Sep 8 18:21:51 UTC 2006
On Sep 7, 2006, at 7:23 PM, Chris Muller wrote:
> S3, Turk and now EC2. What a fascinating set of distributed computing
> services! Do we have a new species of computer here (low-cost virtual
> computer)? What a hopeful enablement for small players!
That is the idea.
> Wouldn't it be neat if, like Turk, anyone could contribute their own
> computer to sell their CPU cycles for a few pennies. Does annyone
> how it works?
Yes, but if I told you, I'd have to kill you. :-)
> How else can Amazon quickly procure enough hardware to
> meet demand fluctuations, while still keeping prices fixed and so
> reasonable, I dunno?
By relentlessly yelling at their developers to improve the efficiency
of their code. :-)
Seriously, what they are doing is renting out spare capacity in their
data centers and providing a public interface into their provisioning
infrastructure. Its the same stuff they use to run their own website
and manage their own fleet, but demand fluctuates seasonally (you
know - Christmas) and they end up with spare capacity. So they've
decided to rent it.
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