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ServeTheHome in the Cloud… Amazon’s EC2

ServeTheHome in the Cloud… Amazon’s EC2

by Patrick KennedyNovember 21, 2011

As some saw over the past week or so, ServeTheHome moved fully to the cloud platform. The forums and much of the back-end still runs on the legacy platform, but the front-end main site is all hosted on Amazon’s servers. I have been fairly unhappy with the up-time and performance of the old host so this should be a major upgrade that allows the site to scale for quite awhile.

After the upgrade this summer to a new VPS and partially using the Amazon cloud (CloudFront for images) I started playing with two development instances on Amazon’s EC2 side. After seeing the site’s memory usage continually spike, I decided to move to something that would scale beyond a simple 1GB RAM VPS.

Bottom line, page loads seem to be much faster and I still have some performance tweaks left. Overall, I am fairly happy with the upgrade and this platform will allow me to expand much more going forward! Back to making content…

If you do see any errors, please let me know in the forums here. I have been looking at things over the weekend and they mostly appear working.


About The Author
Patrick Kennedy
Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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