Amazon has released it's Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. It features additional security features. Customers can specify IP address ranges for access, creating a private cloud network. Since companies are chomping at the bit for access to cheaper computing platforms and ability to use Cloud Computing for backups and cheaper software licensing, I predict many will evaluate the new Amazon solution.
Amazon said customers will be able to use their existing security services and firewalls for their private clouds. Amazon VPC will have no long-term contracts, requires "minimum" upfront investments, and customers will only pay for the resources they use, Amazon said in a statement.
So what's available on the service? To start with it seems mostly geared toward IT groups who want to set up servers.
Here's a list from Amazon of their software "menu." Truly virtual servers, here we come.
Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are preconfigured with an ever-growing list of operating systems. We work with our partners and community to provide you with the most choice possible. You are also empowered to use our bundling tools to upload your own operating systems. The operating systems currently available to use with your Amazon EC2 instances include:
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux||Windows Server 2003|
|Oracle Enterprise Linux|
Amazon EC2 enables our partners and customers to build and customize Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) with software based on your needs. We have hundreds of free and paid AMIs available for you to use. A small sampling of the software available for use today within Amazon EC2 includes:
|IBM Informix Dynamic Server||Condor|
|Microsoft SQL Server Standard 2005||Open MPI|
|IBM Lotus Web Content Management|
|IBM WebSphere Portal Server|
|Application Development Environments|
|JBoss Enterprise Application Platform|
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