Save Even More with Amazon EC2’s Micro Instances

Yesterday I wrote about how we are going to save money using an open source CRM package called SugarCRM and Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service.  See the post: Saving Money Using the Cloud and Open Source Software.

The bottom line was that we were going to be able to implement a CRM system for only $700 per year.  And we can have that system up and running in a couple hours.

This morning when I checked my email there was a message from Amazon announcing their new “Micro Instances”?  Below is a description of a Micro Instance pasted from Amazon’s Web site:

“Instances of this family provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources and allow you to burst CPU capacity when additional cycles are available. They are well suited for lower throughput applications and web sites that consume significant compute cycles periodically.” (See the link for more information.)

This description sounded an awful lot like the CRM system we are planning.  So, I decided to set up a Micro Instance with SugarCRM installed and test it.

As per yesterday’s post it took me a couple hours to get the instance running and the software loaded.  I tested it and it works just fine.

So now the system is not going to cost $700 per year.  It’s less than $200 per year.  (See the link for more pricing information on EC2 instances.)

What’s even more amazing is I have the server up and running after only a couple hours.

With the introduction of Micro Instances the cost of using EC2 is comparable with that of a Web hosting service.  However, we have complete control over our server within our virtual machine.  We are not sharing the server with anyone else.  Over time we can even scale our application up or down as needed by changing the instance size.


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