Head in the Clouds

Posted by: Jonathan Horvath 11 years, 10 months ago

I started to play with the on-demand cloud service offered by Rackspace.  A few years back they started a venture called Mosso to develop cloud technologies.  Earlier this year, Rackspace incorporated Mosso cloud services into their standard offerings.  I was able to have a web-accessible dedicated server within minutes.  You can have any OS preloaded, as long it is a major Linux distribution.  Customer accounts are charged on a hourly basis for each server that is online.  It does not cost much to load some servers for experimentation.  I would encourage you to give it a try at http://www.rackspacecloud.com.

Over the summer, I tried loading MySQL and Java on a Ubuntu 9.04 server install.  After a clean boot, most of the 256MB of memory was already allocated.  In the upcoming week, I will load a complete open source LAMP stack with PHP.    The objective to see if a dedicated web application server can operate effectively on the cheapest configuration.