Update: Thorsten has followed-up with some interesting comments regarding the current state of the virtualized industry, the problems he’s seeing a lot of companies facing, and various obstacles they’re running into along the way. Interesting stuff!
((AOTD == Advice of the Day) == True)
Amazon Web Services Developer Connection : Instances not responding …
A word of advice, easy to give, hard to follow: design your system so you can relaunch any critical instance!
Amazon has thousands of instances available, just waiting for you to hit the launch button. If a current instance smells bad and your own troubleshooting doesn’t resolve it, launch a new one and bring your service up on it. Actually, if it’s critical, you should have two running so you’d be left with one while you replace the failing one.
All this should be motherhood and apple pie on EC2 or any other hosting facility, or also in your own datacenter for that matter. Systems fail.
Thorsten von Eicken, Posted: Feb 2, 2008 10:53 AM PST
BTW: Thorsten is one of the smartest individuals I have ever had the fortune of coming to know. *GREAT* guy, and someone in whom if you need help with Amazon Web Services-related consulting, in particular EC2, I would *HIGHLY* recommend getting in contact with his company, RightScale. Just the right combination of open source, open minds, and openly giving more than he/they receive in return, so I believe it’s certainly both fair and in-line with the ideals of O’Reilly, and therefore this blog to provide promotion.