2-day Amazon AWS Cloud Computing Workshop / Training Course

For an updated version of this workshop see here or contact me directly.

I’ll be offering a 2-day cloud computing workshop 2+3. May 2011 in city center of Munich. A second event is planned for Sydney later this year and will be announced by the Australian Oracle User Group.

After a basic introduction and the discussion of common misconceptions we will cover advanced topics such as how to achieve true elasticity, load balancing in clouds, queueing, notifications and databases in clouds. This workshop is centered around Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies such as EC2 EBS images, RDS, SQS, SNS, ELB etc.

The workshop includes a free copy of my Middleware and Cloud Computing book, printed course material, a pre-configured lab environment to take home as a virtual image on DVD.

Please contact me via email for registration and further details.

Amazon AWS vs. RackSpace Cloud Windows 2008 I/O Test

I did a basic test trying to measure the un-tuned out-of-the-box I/O performance of Rackspace Cloud instance with the HDTune utility on a Windows Server 2008 instance. According the the RS documentation their disks are local RAID10. Then I run the same utility on 8 core extra large  EBS backed EC2 instance provided by Amazon (wanted to make sure it is not an issue due to a small EC2 instance size). According to the docs EBS should provide consistent performance of a SAN regardless of the instance type.

Here are the somehow surprising results. I was expecting, that they perform somehow equal but RS is in the range of 300 MB/s whereas the EC2 instance is below 40 MB/s.

Rackspace Cloud with Windows 2008:

AWS with Windows 2008:

Interesting enough also the CPU usage is quite different: 2% only for AWS and 31% for RS.

I welcome any comments and I am aware that the tool is meant to measure disks and not RAID or SAN volumes. Still I am surprised by the huge difference. I wonder if the difference is only due to the difference of local RAID vs. SAN. Also I wonder how is the SAN attached then, since the SAN performance is still worse than my laptop disk.