A often asked question is whether one should use an Amazon EC2 t1.micro instance or a VMWare ESXi 5.0 server at home. For this test I decided to use the Linux 64-bit version of Geekbench by Primate Labs which is a fairly popular benchmark that does a decent job of quickly profiling the performance of environments. I had planned to do this piece using an older version of GeekBench a few months ago, but I saw some performance anomalies that had performance well below what I expected. I took a look back four months later and I think the results are more in-line with what I was expecting. Here is the big question for many users, should I build my own server using ESXi 5.0 or use the Amazon cloud for development and testing work. I think that there a few really good reasons to go with the Amazon EC2 cloud over a build-your-own approach as moving things into production are much easier and Amazon is building a fairly robust infrastructure behind its cloud offerings that do allow massive scale-out. A lot of people think that anything in the cloud must be faster, even if they are paying $0.02/ hour or $0.48/ day. For one or two develoment instances, Amazon’s EC2 offering is very compelling. For those wondering, this site has been running in the Amazon EC2 cloud for about a year now and I do maintain one development instance for testing.
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