[UPHPU] Amazon EC2 / High availability hosting

Merrill Oveson moveson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 09:51:20 MST 2010

My question (and I can't seem to find a simple answer) is:

Once this is all setup how do I actually get to the computer.  If I
request a windows instance, can I just remote desktop in?
Or is there a special web interface?

Does Amazon give me admin privs on the box?  Which I'd need to load an
What about data transfer?

I've looked thru their website and I can't seem to find the answers to
these simply questions, nor is there a phone number
where I can call and discuss this with a human being.

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 8:06 AM, Jordan Schatz <white.armor at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 09:19:24PM -0700, Alvaro Carrasco wrote:
>> Amazon lets you do exactly that. It doesn't cost anything to sign up
>> and you'll only pay a few dollars (hourly usage, bandwidth, etc) to
>> try it for a couple of days. You can then delete the instance and pay
>> no more, keep paying the few dollars a day, or reserve an instance to
>> get a discount price. It is more work to set up a more complete system
>> since you'll probably have to use EBS (elastic block storage, another
>> service) for persistent storage, S3 for backups, etc.
>> But it's VERY easy and cheap to try.
> Thanks for the info everyone, I am thinking strongly that we will use
> EC2. I am not sure that I understand EC2, it seems a little to good to be
> true. If I understand it correctly I don't need to set up a RAID, or
> consciously duplicate my data, because the virtualized EBS (elastic block
> storage) is already redundant, and I don't need to have a failover
> server, since the virtualized EC2 instance will persist even if the
> hardware fails.
> Is that your experience?
> Does all the virtualization great high latency? or other performance
> problem?
> It just sounds to easy...
> -Jordan
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