Elastic Web-Scale Computing
Amazon EC2 enables you to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days. You can commission one, hundreds or even thousands of server instances simultaneously. Of course, because this is all controlled with web service APIs, your application can automatically scale itself up and down depending on its needs.
You have complete control of your Amazon EC2 instances. You have root access to each one, and you can interact with them as you would any machine. You can stop your Amazon EC2 instance while retaining the data on your boot partition, and then subsequently restart the same instance using web service APIs. Instances can be rebooted remotely using web service APIs. In addition, you can use the AWS Management Console, a simple, web-based user interface, to access and manage your
Flexible Cloud Hosting Services
You can choose among multiple Amazon EC2 instance types, operating systems, and software packages. Amazon EC2 allows you to select a configuration of memory, CPU, instance storage, and the boot partition size that is optimal for your choice of operatingsystem and application. For example, your choice of operating systems includes numerous Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows Server.
Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services
Amazon EC2 works in conjunction with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) to provide a complete solution for computing, query processing, and storage across a wide range of applications.
Amazon EC2 offers a highly reliable environment where replacement instances can be rapidly and predictably commissioned. The service runs within Amazon’s proven network infrastructure and data centers. The Amazon EC2 Service Level Agreement commitment is 99.95% availability for each Amazon EC2 region.