Understanding Amazon EC2

Amazon’s new web services have been gathering a lot of momentum recently, in particular the Simple Storage Service (S3). I can wrap my head around S3 pretty easily and there’s no shortage of the canonical example of “remote backups“. For me, the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) was a bit more puzzling and I didn’t really understand what it would be used for.

That all changed now that I listed to a recent Technometria episode on IT Conversations with Jeff Barr and Doug Kaye. This is a great show which includes Jeff reviewing the Amazon web services and Doug explaining how the new GigaVox Audio Lite publishing system makes extensive use of those services. Definitely worth a listen if you want to understand what’s possible here.