It’s been just over a week since I moved my website over to “the cloud”. Well, an EC2 virtual machine on Amazon Web Services, so it’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), not really what I consider the cloud. 🙂
Overall I’m really happy with the way it’s gone so far. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve gone for a VM that is significantly lower spec than the dedicated server I had before. I’ve been keeping an eye on it over the last week and I think I could probably get away with a smaller instance still. The T2 instances have burstable CPU, so you get a basic level of performance plus some extra credits every hour. If you need a little extra CPU, you can use up your credits. I’ll probably leave the VM running for another week before deciding if I should try dropping the spec further.
So far the price looks comparable to the old dedicated server, which sounds OK, but you have to remember:
- It’s a much lower spec box (memory, CPU, disk capacity), so really it’s more expensive.
- I’m still paying the on-demand price, not the reserved instance price, so it’s more expensive at the moment, compared to what it will be when I’ve made my final decision.
What I really like about the move is the additional flexibility I have now. I’ve spent years using virtualization at home and at work, but I’ve never had that flexibility with my website.