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Amazon announces Free Usage Tier

Beginning from 1st of November you will be able to run a micro instance on Amazon cloud for free. Micro instance has 613 MB memory, up to 2 ECU(for short period bursts),32/64 bit platform and only has access to a 10 GB EBS(provided also for free). Also you get 5 GB to use with S3(simple storage) which is great for saving images (for example) and 30 GB data transfer(15 GB in and 15 GB out).

I believe this is a great opportunity to see what AWS is and also you may start to develop applications for cloud. You will probably want to use the EBS for MySQL storage and the S3 for media files.

Make sure you read all about this on their site before you use it and note that if you exceed the micro instance limits you are going to pay per use. Although the rates are low it never hurts to double check if you want to stay at 0$/month.

Once this offer is available (starting from 1st November) I am going to start testing a lot of stuff like how WordPress performs on this instance and how to install it so make sure you visit my blog from time to time! If you are interested in certain software installation on the amazon cloud platform feel free to send me an email and I will see if I can help.

Zend Framework provides cloud support

In a recent release announcement (for ZF 1.11.0 beta 1) I noticed that they now have Zend_Cloud which is, based on their description:

Zend Framework 1.11.0 markes the first official, stable release of Zend_Cloud, Zend Framework’s PHP version of the SimpleCloud API.

It offers support for some of the Amazon and Windows cloud solutions like S3/SQS and BLOB(spelled wrong Windows Azure’s blog storage)/Queue Service. While I didn’t work with Microsoft’s Azure, the S3 from Amazon is commonly used for all kinds of file storage. I believe it is great to be able to save files on S3, never having to fear about hard disk limitations and to some degree about their safety. While for small applications it might not be an obvious better solution, for applications that deal with a lot of files(like image storage for example) it is a big plus.

Although at the moment only S3 is interesting for me they stated they will be adding new features in the near future. Can’t wait that!

Tools for S3

Recently I’ve been experiencing problems with S3Fox add-on when I tried to set ACL or delete files from a bucket. I was getting this error: “The request signature we calculated does not match the signature you provided. Check your key and signing method.” for each and every file. I tried to update to the latest version which 0.4.8(not available via FF check updates) but with no luck. The AWS credentials were fine.

So I decided to look for a new tool and I found CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3. It looks good enough and it works!

Feel free to let me know if you have used this tool and if you had any kind of problems with it!