Cloud Computing with Amazon EC2
Good Nerdy Fun – Amazon’s cloud. The free tier is located at http://aws.amazon.com/free/ You get a free blank machine you can load images on for a year. The machine is small but capable. I loaded a basic Linux install (Ubuntu) then added a LAMP stack, GNU C++, and Tomcat. I then replaced that image with Microsoft Server 2008, MS SQL, and IIS and RDP’d into the machine. Borders on trivial to provision a machine using Amazon’s AMIs. Free is nice too. Obviously additional processing is for sale. You can reserve processing power or they have a secondary “market” where unused processing is sold. The bidding starts at $.01 (1 cent) per hour for the low end machines. Possibly a good source to augment a well partitioned batch job. I’m hooked.