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Four Years In The Cloud: Happy Birthday, Amazon Web Services EC2

Andrew R. Hickey

What A Difference Four Years Can Make



In just four years, Amazon EC2 has seen significant growth. Here are some examples of what's different now compared to 2006.

In 2006, Amazon EC2 was in one region and one availability zone; one instance type was available; there was one pricing model; EC2 offered only Ephemeral storage; it supported only Linux; and it leveraged command-line management tools.

In 2010, Amazon EC2 supports four regions and multiple availability zones; nine instance types; three pricing models; Ephemeral and Elastic Block Storage; Linux, Windows and OpenSolaris; and command-line management tools, AWS Management Console and third-party tools. The company also now offers elastic load balancing, auto scaling and Cloud Watch and offers high-performance computing options that weren't available at its launch.

 
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