Monday, March 31, 2008

Scalr - Open Source Framework For Scalable EC2 Deployments

I’ve written quite a few stories about Amazon Web Services, including their EC2 and S3 offerings. They are heading in the right direction toward utility computing in the cloud. I’m definitely a fan.

My most recent article highlighted how Amazon now allows you to use Static IP addresses with your hosted services - a clear step toward true, secure hosting in the cloud.

Of course, it’s still the wild west out there, and you do have to roll your own EC2 management and deployment services. Amazon gives you API’s to do this, but it’s still work and testing.

Enter Scalr:

Scalr is a fully redundant, self-curing and self-scaling hosting environment utilizing Amazon’s EC2.

It allows you to create server farms through a web-based interface using prebuilt AMI’s for load balancers (pound or nginx), app servers (apache, others), databases (mysql master-slave, others), and a generic AMI to build on top of.

Very cool. The project is very young yet, but they are going in the right direction (building easily scalable application tiers).

This project appears to be supported by Intridea.

Tags: Open Source, Scalr, Amazon, EC2, S3, Utility Computing, Scalability, Intridea, GPL, Brian Berliner, brianberliner

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