Monday, May 07, 2007

Idea: Clustered Virtual Machine to run Windows on EC2

Surely this is already done (if not on EC2 then elsewhere), or someone is working on it, or it's just not possible and I am making a fool of myself for writing this, but...

I was looking again at Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and was thinking it's too bad I can't use it for Windows (well, you can, but not with performance).

Idea: Use a cluster of EC2 nodes to serve up a single Virtual Machine image, on top of which you could run software designed for a single server with more resources than is currently available from EC2.

This could also be extensible to regular computers on a LAN, which would probably be the more likely scenario.

I guess this is (sort of) what Google's Cluster does, right?



  • In terms of people already doing it
    take a look at (officially launching in beta).

    'Disclaimer, I am a Director & Shareholder, but it does answer your question *grin*'

    We not only support Windows, but allow for multiple different sizes of Virtual Machines from 512mb to 2gb ram (and variable cpu as well), we hope to extend this to 4gb by the end of the year.


    By Blogger Unknown, at Monday, May 14, 2007 3:07:00 PM  

  • Enomaly appears to be doing this as well:

    By Blogger Oskar Austegard, at Friday, March 07, 2008 10:08:00 AM  

  • And of course now Amazon has announced they will do this as well. Should be interesting to see how this will compare to dedicated hosting options such as from RackSpace, Cari.Net, CrystalTech, etc, etc.

    By Blogger Oskar Austegard, at Friday, October 03, 2008 8:40:00 AM  

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