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Hey You! Get On My Cloud (for $20/month)!

I am a huge fan of Amazon EC2. It’s simple to use and very cheap. You can pick an existing machine image, fire it up and be on your way. If you add up the amount though, the cheapest machine image will cost you about $80 per month. How would you like to get something comparable (a developer style machine) for $20 per month?

Add in Rails, PHP, Java and even host based javascript support with SSH and SFTP access, root access and one button application deployment? All of this for about $0.65 per day? Yes, it’s true. Aptana has lowered their already low prices, at least on the developer machine.

You even get to try the Aptana Cloud out for 7 days for free. Don’t like, don’t drop a nickel. If you do like it, you’ll get 256GB pf ram and 5GB of storage. If you need more than that you can select one of the higher level plans. All of the plans come with 10TB of data transfer built into the price.

Aptana offers deployment via the Aptana Studio IDE. The Eclipse based IDE also comes with database tools and source control. It even has a one button backup/restore.

Aptana’s offering is especially nice for the developer who just doesn’t want to deal with administration issues that come with EC2. Sign up, pick your programming language (PHP, Ruby, Java or Javascript – Python is on the way) and Aptana optimizes a configuration for you.

Aptana’s cloud is hosted by Joyent (which hosts some very, very large social networks and applications). It’s secure, scalable and robust.

This is a sweet deal for developers who want to give the cloud a try out. I plan to have a couple of walk throughs in the near future but don’t wait. If you want to give the cloud a try, I can’t think of any better way than this.

LewisC

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