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SAWSUG: Makara and SEOmoz

Tonight Amazon hosted their final Seattle Amazon Web Services User Group (@) meeting of the year. A grand showing of about 50 participants was kicked off by @ with a State of the Union including information about Jeff's new book and AWS's new free tier.

AWS free tier avail to experiment on getting started on cloud. 750 hrs machine time included. #sawsug #aws26 Oct via Mobile Web


After a short pizza break @ demonstrated how Makara leverages cloud infrastructure to make building and maintaining server stacks easy. While the Makara interface might not be something to write home about they support an impressive number of cloud providers and stack types. Even more impressive then the two minute stack setup is the plethora of statistics collected by their system. Everything from standard server metrics, to application performance comparisons, to transaction times. Makara even uses its own platform to spin up 120 EC2 servers when testing new code commits.


The final presentation was @ from SEAmoz on their unique usage of AWS. SEOmoz hosts and processes a significant amount of data with AWS including a 40 EC2 instance cluster for their API. The cluster servers and processes 8TB of data hosted on S3 in various sizes and forms of compression using a 500GB key index. In September their API servered over 125 Million requests for about 50 requests/second. SEOmoz has a 10 server cluster in colocation that crawls 300TB of web data every month and another 10 server cluster for servering seomoz.org.



Be sure to look for upcoming SAWSUG events as they are excellent chances to "learn how Amazon Web Services can provide efficient scale of IT infrastructure capacity to quickly to meet growing business needs.

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