March 2012 Archives



There are a number of CloudCamp events coming up in cities around the world. These are free events, organized around the various concepts, technologies, and services that fall under the “cloud” term.

There’s always some discussion about my favorite topic, Amazon AWS and EC2, but there are sure to be experts and beginners for every other cloud-related flavor as well. You can attend presentations, join in discussions, or hang out in the hallway and make connections with local folks who are interested in the same things you are.

CloudCamp follows somewhat of an unconference format, though the couple I’ve been to in LA tended to have more pre-planned elements than, say, a BarCamp. Glancing through the schedules, it looks like each city also has their own twist and personality for CloudCamp.

Here are two upcoming CloudCamps that are of particular interest to me:

  • CloudCamp Los Angeles - I plan to attend this short event to hang out with old friends and make some new acquaintances. (Do we really need 12 organizers for 3 hours?)

  • CloudCamp Rochester - A full day event with some big clouderati names in attendance including Jeff Barr, Mitch Garnaat, David Kavanagh, Chris Moyer.

If you have a business related to “cloud” (and who doesn’t these days) why not pitch in with a little support as a sponsor? These are small events, so it doesn’t take much to help out. Plus you get your brand in front of your target market.

I went ahead and tossed in a bit personally to sponsor CloudCamp Rochester as they make it easy to contribute and know what you’re getting in return. I couldn’t find any sponsorship information for CloudCamp LA, but am still looking if anybody knows how that works.

A few hours ago, Amazon AWS announced that all EC2 instance types can now run 64-bit AMIs.

Though t1.micro, m1.small, and c1.medium will continue to also support 32-bit AMIs, it is my opinion that there is virtually no reason to use 32-bit instances on EC2 any more.

This is fantastic news!

Sticking with 64-bit instances everywhere all the time gives you the most flexibility to switch the instance type of your running instances, reduces the choices and work necessary when building your own AMIs, and just makes life simpler.

In fact, to celebrate this occasion, I have dropped my listing of 32-bit Ubuntu AMI ids at the top of The new simplified AMI id table listing only 64-bit Ubuntu AMIs now fits into the right sidebar.

Simply pick an EC2 region in the pulldown in the right sidebar, and you’ll get a clean listing of current available Ubuntu AMIs. Click on the orange arrow to the right of the AMI id to launch an instance of Ubuntu in your AWS console.

Note that reserved instances only specify an instance type not an architecture, so if you have already purchased reserved instances for m1.small or c1.medium, you can switch from 32-bit to 64-bit and still have your new instance be covered by the reserved instance pricing.

Do you have reasons why you might still need to run 32-bit instances on EC2? How much work is it going to take you to convert your existing instances and AMIs from 32-bit to 64-bit?

Ubuntu AMIs

Ubuntu AMIs for EC2: