Have you tried Amazon EC2 Cloud Services? It’s free! Here is the speed test I did!

Have you tried Amazon EC2 Cloud Services? It’s free! Here is the speed test I did!

Amazon EC2 with speedtest.net

I have white out the IP address, to prevent spam and hackers 😛

This test is from Singapore Amazon EC2 Cloud to Singapore Test Site, basically I am exploring using EC2 for some of my customer who wants to go cloud.  Pretty satisfying experience.

Now, let’s get down to it, I will go through briefly how to set up EC2

Step 1: Sign Up Account

The exact name is called Amazon Web Services, head down to http://aws.amazon.com now.

On the Top Right Corner, go ahead and Sign Up, if you are already a Amazon Customer, you can use the same login.  You need to enter your credit card number, don’t worry, they will not charge you unless to exceed their free usage tier.  You can click on the “Learn more about the AWS Free Tier” to understand better.

Note that you have to go through phone verification as well, so please enter a phone number that you readily have access to.

Step 2: Log On your new account

Once you are done with the registration, login to your new account.  Select EC2

Step 3: Select Server Location

On the top left hand corner, select the location you’re in.  Or where your target audience is the most dense!

Step 4: Create new Instance (create new Virtual Machine)

Then, click on the  EC2 Launch Instance button.

Create a new instance as per the screenshot, you will need to create a new key.  Please select those server with the STAR , that is the FREE instance, while those without the STAR will need you to pay for it!

EC2 New Instance

I strongly suggest that you use the default Amazon Instance instead of the community Instances, I have tried with the community instance, not as smooth install as the Amazon ones.  Unless you know what you’re doing, trust me! :)

Step 5: Login to your new server!

Once done, you can right click on your instance and connect!  Depending on which OS instance you created, you can SSH or RDP to your server with the easy instruction from the connect.

Congrats! You are now in the cloud! Happy configuring your server instance!