Thank goodness for useful snapshots

Got this message from Amazon today: Hello. This is a notification that your volume vol-XXXXXXXX experienced a failure due to multiple failures of the underlying hardware components and was unable to be recovered. We recommend recovering from your most recent snapshot. We regret the loss and inconvenience. Sincerely, XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX Fortunately, this was on a… Continue reading Thank goodness for useful snapshots

Amazon offers Reserved Instances

Amazon announced today the availability of Reserved Instances. Basically, you pay a one-time fee and get a significant discount on the hourly rate for that instance. Their rates are available here. After doing some calculations on it, I figured out the break even point between the old “On-Demand Instances” and the new “Reserved Instances.” For… Continue reading Amazon offers Reserved Instances

AWS Security Whitepaper

Amazon just posted a security whitepaper which describes the security measures they have in place to protect their customers. It’s a short read (9 pages) and I strongly recommend it if you are using EC2, S3 or SimpleDB for anything. They explain their security measures and make recommendations for further protection their customers can put… Continue reading AWS Security Whitepaper

Performance increase with Amazon’s EBS (persistent storage)

At, we have 4 MySQL database systems on EC2 that run that our facebook app, various other social network apps and various websites. I recently switched our disk storage for those instances from the standard EC2 instance disks to EBS (Amazon’s persistent storage for EC2) and wanted to share some brief numbers with you… Continue reading Performance increase with Amazon’s EBS (persistent storage)

New EC2 instance types

Amazon just announced two new High-CPU instance types for EC2. Here’s a quick comparison of what you can now get compared to the previous offering: 2x Small ($0.20/hr) RAM – 3.4GB CPU – 2 Compute Units* DISK – 320GB High-CPU Medium ($0.20/hr) RAM – 1.7GB CPU – 5 Compute Units* DISK – 350GB Extra Large… Continue reading New EC2 instance types

Amazon Web Services for Facebook Developers

Facebook has announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services. I don’t quite see what the partnership involves other than some Facebook specific documentation and extra samples of facebook apps that run using AWS. Either way, it’s good to see some more promotion of AWS. As you know, I’m a big fan. We’ve been using AWS… Continue reading Amazon Web Services for Facebook Developers