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Amazon CloudFront

Great news for everyone using Amazon S3 for Content Delivery. Amazon have just lauched CloudFront which  "delivers your content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your objects are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible performance." The 4 Locations are Hong Kong, Japan, Europe and the United States. This is really great news and was the missing piece to the puzzle given that most of my traffic is coming from the Asia-Pacific region.  Nirvanix have been offering this for sometime now and was my first choice, but now the tables have turned.  The combination of Ec2, S3 and now CloudFront make the Amazon Service Offering impossible to ignore.  Stay tuned for some initial tests on how CloudFront performs from the various locations.

Cloud Hosting - Amazon EC2

style="" >So recently I got the chance to deploy my first application to Amazon EC2.I've got to say after a little bit of trial and error I think the service is pretty amazing and is definetly the future of web hosting and you sure can't beat the price US $0.125 / Hour which is essentially US $90 / month. Bandwidth between S3 and your Ec2 instance costs nothing so is very attractive for Media Transcoding and other such tasks. The requirements were as follows: .NET 3.5 SP1 ASP.NET MVC Beta SQL Server Express 2008 with Advanced Services IIS 6.0 Velocity Ideally I would want to host the Application on a Windows Server 2008 instance so that I could leverage the features of IIS 7.0 and also have a dedicated SQL Server 2008 instance, but unfortunately Amazon does not support this yet and it's unclear when this will happen so I had to use a makeshift approach. To manage your instances you can and should use the Firefox Plugin ElasticFox. It makes it very easy and I didn&#…