Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is a new web service that provides virtual servers for those who need cheap and easily resizable
Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is a new web service that provides virtual servers for those who need cheap and easily resizable computing power.
Running alongside Amazon's virtual storage product S3, EC2 allows users to scale their computing power as well as their businesses. Both products work together for users by providing space to store data and power to serve it. EC2's elasticity comes from the user's ability quickly to ad and subtract server instances from your EC2 dashboard. The service is exceptionally useful for small startups that may see a spike in users or page views. Instead of a site crashing due to excessive viewers, site owners can ramp up their server power through EC2 before they loose their new audience.