Amazon Web Services keeps on growing with Elastic Block Storage

Amazon just released a major enhancement to their EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing) platform with the addition of Elastic Block Storage which provides a persistent storage volume (think virtual hard drives) for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Previously one big downside to using AWS/EC2 for application hosting was lack of permanent dynamic storage capable of hosting a mysql database for example. So if your app needed a backend database you had to host that database someplace else (outside the Amazon cloud). And because they’re virtual you can clone them, snapshot them and benefit from automatic replication.

Eric Hammond has already written an article giving step-by-step on how to setup a mysql database on EBS.

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