[Seaside] Rapidly deploy your Seaside application for free using Amazon EC2 and Gemstone

Jan van de Sandt jvdsandt at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 15:15:05 UTC 2011

Hello Nick,

Great initiative! And a very nice screencast. I didn't realise that GemStone
can run with just 600MB of memory. Nice that it can scale down as well as

A few months ago I created a EC2 image with Pharo and Seaside, see
http://blog.doit.st/ec2/ This also runs in a Tiny EC2 image but off course,
this setup has the disadvantage that you need to implement your own
persistency solution.

I will definitely try out your GemStone EC2 image.


On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 1:37 AM, Nick Ager <nick.ager at gmail.com> wrote:

> Amazon's offer of a free micro instance for a year[1] grabbed my attention:
> To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a
>> new free usage tier. Beginning November 1, new AWS customers will be able to
>> run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year...
> I've created an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) (ami-7f9bae0b) which is
> preconfigured with a webserver, Gemstone, GemTools into which I've loaded
> Seaside 3.03 and latest Pier code. You should be able to use the machine
> image to rapidly deploy your Seaside applications or use the AMI as the
> basis for your own improved configuration, then share that configuration
> back with the community. Creating and sharing modified configurations is
> relatively straight-forward [2].
> I've documented how to use my AMI to create your own free EC2 instances -
> http://www.nickager.com/nasite/blog/Create-a-free-Gemstone-server-in-the-cloud-in-10-minutes
> There's an accompanying screencast -
> http://www.nickager.com/nasite/blog/Screencast-creating-a-new-instance-based-on-pre-configured-AMI or
> on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/18375790
> I've also documented the process of creating the AMI -
> http://www.nickager.com/nasite/blog/Installing-Gemstone-on-an-Amazon-EC2-Linux-instance
> Have fun
> Nick
> [1] http://aws.amazon.com/free/
> [2]
> http://www.nickager.com/nasite/blog/CreateAReusableAmazonMachineInstance
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