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What is a CDN and what is it good for? Before this week CDN may not have been part of your vocabulary.  Now that AWS CloudFront is launched the buzz around the forums is all about CDN and the good and bad (lack of) features in CloudFront. Basics;  A CDN has two basic parts, The origin server is where the bits and bytes of your master html files com from. The CDN Network of servers, are where the users get the service. The idea is very simple.  It works like a cache.  You provide once a day or so,  a copy of the content.  The CDN provides a copy each time the file is served to user.  Nice and simple. But the details,  that is where this whole idea gets complicated.  The CDN also services these requests from the closest (is network time,  not miles) server to the user.  The “Feature” adds more performance for remote users.  I could go on and on about cache features and ... (more)

Amazon S3 Requester Pays Model

The idea of reverse charges on a phone call are not new.  But “please reverse the charges” for a download? This a great new idea.  Now you can make files that users down load from the internet at the cost of the user.  It is also possible to set a fee for the download. All of this just shows that Cloud Computing is breaking the mold and stirring up the whole question of fees.  With new features all of the time, it does get very hard to keep up with the new tools. It is now more important than ever to read the news and keep up to date with what can be done. ... (more)

AWS RDS Rocks!!!

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer This time AWS has does it right. The Relational Database Servers in AWS called “RDS” are the “Real Thing”. I just transferred over my whole Drupal DB in a few moments to an RDS Instance. Is was very simple. Let me show you the one line command solution: (Warning Linux command comes next!) $ mysqldump –add-drop-table –databases Comments EdwardMGoldberg NOC myCloudWatcher_drupal wikidb | mysql -h mycloudwatcher.xxx.us-east-1.rds.amazonaws.com -u TheCloudWatcher -pXxXxXxXxXx4 (all password info is fake) Let me break down this command into the parts: my... (more)

The AWS EC2 Instance Missing Users Guide

When you get a new car you look into the glove box and find a small book that explains the day to day operation of the car.  The same is true for your laptop. What happened to the users guide for the AWS EC2 Servers? First of all AWS calls them instances and gives them strange names like i-12345678 that are not very easy to remember.  So to start off most users are lost just finding the server they just Launched (like a boat?). This document covers the basics.  How to use a new server (read instance) you booted up (Launched) in AWS EC2. After you read this document you will know ... (more)

New Relic & RightScale - Ruby on Rails Life Cycle Tools

Cloud Computing and Rails are a natural good fit.  With tools provided by New Relic integrated into the RightScale Deployment and Monitoring platform you have a Best Practice Monitoring system. I Deploy and Watch servers all day as part of the http://myCloudWatcher.com service.  When I started to build the demo for this next RightScale Webinar I learned more about my application in the first few hours with the tools then I had ever seen before. Please come join me at the Webinar and learn how you can instrument you next Deployment and provide top quality service with your next pr... (more)