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MySQL in Amazon EC2 - Beginners Guide

Aug 17, 2010, 22:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Hull)

"Increasingly, enterprises are looking at cloud services such as Amazon Web Services for their deployments. Datacenter virtualization is much more sophisticated than its desktop counterpart is, providing a whole suite of tools that allow you to control every aspect of your deployments. Join Sean Hull as he explores the MySQL - Amazon EC2 solution.

"Elastic Block Storage

"For databases, whether they be Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server or any other, the first question that will probably come to mind is surrounding storage. Am I limited to the onboard storage that my server comes with? Luckily no, or database deployments in the cloud would not be what they are today.

"It turns out that AWS has brought virtualization to storage too, with its Elastic Block Storage or EBS solution. This allows you to configure your server in any of a myriad of different ways.

"EBS can be used for the root volume, making server spinup faster and allowing your machine to be persistent, even if you shutdown the instance for months on end. It also makes the bundling of new AMIs trivial, with the ec2-create-image command line too. Lastly, you can take snapshots of your root volume as a full root partition backup if you so desire."

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