Amazon EC2 Shoutout!
Published on Sep 5, 2012 by Jamie MunroI was previously hosting all of my sites with GoDaddy, using one of their unlimited domain hosting services. While this was pretty inexpensive compared to similar services, I was never truly happy with the load time. Often taking over 1.2 seconds to load this blog!
At my current job, I had the pleasure of doing of some speed testing with some Amazon EC2 services. I was certainly impressed with them. While I was doing some costing for work, I decided to do a bit of costing for myself. I run several websites, no hits by any means, but enough that I care about the poor performance I was getting at GoDaddy.
My annual fee at GoDaddy was in the neighbourhood of $100/year. Quite decent for the 7-10 websites I'm currently hosting. However, I started looking at the micro instances that Amazon offers. These start as low as $0.02 per hour. When you cost this out over the entire year, it works out to around $180/year. Obviously more expensive, but Amazon also offers reserved instances. Knowing that my sites will be around for the whole year, getting a 1 year reserved instance brings it down to $130/year; much closer to the previous $100/year that you barely notice it!
If you're a regular visitor of this blog, you'll now notice that the site takes less than 0.5 seconds to load! Not too shabby for a few bucks more a year.
Now, here's the real kicker, Amazon is offering FREE micro instances for a year with certain usage limitations! So far, my sites are taking complete advantage of it and I'm extremely happy.
Before making the jump, please remember there is a big difference; one is managed by a team of professionals to keep running versus running your own dedicated server with EC2.
If you have a little bit of knowledge and know what you're doing, I definitely suggest taking advantage of Amazon EC2's free micro hosting!
P.S. I am not getting anything in return from Amazon for writing this post, just thought Amazon deserved the recognition for providing me with free micro hosting!