I haven’t been blogging for quite some time. There has been much transitions in this couple of years and it distracted me greatly. Blogging is something I miss doing but the missing occurs when I’m in public transport where it’s least convenient.
Previously this blog is hosted at Rackspace Cloud. They’ve provided decent services but Linode has more competitive pricing. Nearly all my websites are moved to Linode. Once every thing’s migrated over, I will shut down the instance in Rackspace Cloud.
Oh yes I switched to nginx too.
One thing that I notice with Amazon EC2 when trying out their micro instances in Singapore (Asia Pacific) is that the round trip takes approximately 250 ms from United States. This made me reconsidered a little about having my instance hosted in the Asia Pacific region since a majority of my visitors remain to be US-based.
I originally planned to use Amazon EC2’s micro instance to do just host a few blogs. Most of my images from the blogs are hosted at Amazon S3 already and I felt like moving everything over to Amazon’s US East facility (North Virginia).
Amazon EC2 offering is slightly cheaper than Rackspace Cloud’s similar offering and is quite attractive. A huge plus would be that I can host it in Singapore but then that’s probably benefiting just me. I can probably blog faster if it is hosted in Singapore but, to be honest, I wouldn’t really want to blog more than my current rate.
Recently Rackspace had some issues with my host machine and my server instance kept freezing up over a month. I didn’t suspect it could be an issue on their side and up the memory in my instance to 1024 MB. When that didn’t help, I almost wanted to migrate to another host — Linode. Now there’s Amazon’s micro instance I’m really spoilt for choice.
Micro instance pricing for On-Demand instances starts at $0.02 per hour for Linux and $0.03 per hour for Windows. That translates to monthly costs of US$14.88 if hosted in North Virginia and US$18.60 if hosted in Singapore (Asia Pacific). Prices have yet to include bandwidth and EBS storage charges.
Lately I’ve been looking at Linode’s 512MB VPS offering that would set me back US$19.95 monthly which includes storage and bandwidth. This new Amazon announcement is particularly attractive due to the option of having a website hosted closer to me (i.e. Singapore).
So what are micro instances
According to Amazon (link to the EC2 page): “Instances of this family provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources and allow you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available. They are well suited for lower throughput applications and web sites that consume significant compute cycles periodically. Micro Instance 613 MB of memory, up to 2 ECUs (for short periodic bursts), EBS storage only, 32-bit or 64-bit platform.”
Things to watch out for
EBS storage is chargeable so you have to estimate that yourself. And ECU (EC2 Compute Unit) is for short periodic bursts only. It’s hard to understand what exactly is ECU and it’s some sort of voodoo unit that you can only compare among Amazon EC2 packages.
It’s still a good promotion, especially if you are considering finding a host in Singapore. Amazon is being very competitive in this region. I am almost certain no other web hosting service in Singapore is able to best their offering at this moment.