Managing EC2 instances

"The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering gains made by the computer hardware industry."—Henry Petroski

If you think your computer's gotten slower in recent years, you're probably right. For many applications, you can no longer squeeze all the computing power you need into a single beige box under your desk. To address this issue, computing power has become a commodity you can buy online.

Amazon doesn't just sell books anymore: they also sell jewelry, motorcycles, leaf blowers, and more usefully for our present purposes, computing power. You can sign up for Amazon Web Services with a credit card and proceed to create as many server instances ...

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