Cloud Computing With Amazon Web Services, Part 1: IntroductionJul 31, 2008, 06:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"These instances are Linux®-based and can run any application or software you want. You are in control of each instance. The EC2 environment itself is built on top of the open source Xen hypervisor, which was initially developed at the University of Cambridge. Amazon lets you create Amazon machine images (AMIs) that act as the templates for your instances. Access to the instances can be controlled by specifying the permissions. You can do anything you want with them; the only restriction is that they need to be Linux-based images. Recently, Open Solaris support was announced by Amazon in a partnership with Sun, but the vast majority of the free and commercially available pre-built images for EC2 are based on Linux."
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