Stretching Out with Elastic Compute Cloud
In This Chapter
Introducing EC2, the AWS cloud computing component
Understanding images and instances
Exploring EC2’s infinite varieties
Addressing key issues with EC2 instances
Deciding which computing type is right for your application
This chapter discusses EC2 — the Elastic Compute Cloud, which is the most widely used AWS service. Even the term “cloud computing” emphasizes computing — and its computing that EC2 delivers, at scale, in wide varieties of types, and at ridiculously low prices. By the time this chapter ends, you’ll have a knowledge foundation about EC2 and why it represents a true revolution in information technology.
EC2 is the most revolutionary of the AWS services because it has transformed a fundamental part of IT: the use of provisioning servers. EC2 provides virtual servers in a matter of minutes, all via self-service. It’s difficult to overstate the shift that this strategy represents compared ...