Amazon VM Import can now import VMs to EC2 from VMware vSphere, Citrix Xen and M$ Hyper-V.
VM Import is available at no additional charge beyond standard usage charges for Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.
According to itpro the amazon cloud is expanding !
Customers now include NASA, the US Department of State, Siemens, Pfizer and Nasdaq.
At the end of the second quarter, Amazon S3 held more than 449 billion objects, up 71 percent from the end of last year, according to the official AWS blog.
And in January 3,674 of the top 500,000 websites were using Amazon EC2.
HP LoadRunner is available via Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), making performance testing accessible to businesses of all sizes. This on-demand software gives clients a flexible “pay as you go” approach for performance testing of mission-critical applications and websites.
HP LoadRunner in the Cloud makes performance testing and load testing ubiquitous to organizations and projects of all sizes. This software delivers cloud performance testing capabilities that enable performance validation across your application lifecycle.
According to Phoronix Performance Benchmarks Amazon’s AWS EC2 Micro instance performance is more similar to a Nokia N900 than an Intel Atom !
For comparison we included the results from this small set of cloud computing tests to that of the Nokia N900 (yes, really, the smart-phone) running Maemo 5, and the Dell Mini 9 netbook with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB SSD, and it was running Ubuntu 10.10.
Apparently new customers to Amazon’s EC2 cloud get one year free of EC2 Micro usage using a Linux/Unix AMI (Amazon Machine Instance). An Amazon EC2 Micro instance has 612MB of memory, up to two EC2 Compute Units, 32-bit or 64-bit support, and is rated for low I/O performance. The compute power of a micro instance varies depending upon the workload and availability of resources in the cloud where small bursts up equivalent to two EC2 Compute Units are available for short periods. With this Amazon cloud computing performance measurement, one EC2 Compute Unit is equivalent to a 2007-era 1.0~1.2GHz AMD Opteron or Xeon processor. So not only is the micro instance slow, but its performance varies from time to time, which is also bad for reproducible benchmarking.
now you can monitor your AWS EC2 cloud costs by using cloudrows ! which features a cost control dashboard designed for Amazon Web Services. You can use this dashboard to get a quick overview of your account spending and activity status