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

Welch, Ronald P (US SSA) ronald.p.welch at baesystems.com
Mon Jan 3 16:51:58 UTC 2011

Thanks Nick. Sorry to be a pain in the neck....

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On Jan 3, 2011, at 11:40 AM, Nick Ager wrote:

HI Ron,

I didn't realise AMI's are specific to the region and a brief search of the docs indicates Amazon doesn't make it trivial to move the AMI.

I'll look into moving the AMI this evening,



On 3 January 2011 15:53, Welch, Ronald P (US SSA) <ronald.p.welch at baesystems.com<mailto:ronald.p.welch at baesystems.com>> wrote:

Nice work. Thanks for doing this. But one thing I noticed
is that the AMI is only available in the "EU West" region.
Looking for it any of the other regions results in "No
records found." (see attached) for me. Is there any way
to get the image loaded in the other regions (US East
is closest to me).

Anyway, thanks again,



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On Jan 2, 2011, at 7:37 PM, Nick Ager 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


[1] http://aws.amazon.com/free/
[2] http://www.nickager.com/nasite/blog/CreateAReusableAmazonMachineInstance


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