I'm currently having a virtual server hosted at host-europe.de (2gb ram, 40gb harddisk, root-access etc), at around $30/month. We have around 40 small business webpages hosted on this server and it runs smoothly.
Now I would like to try EC2. However, I just don't get it.
I created an accound at EC2, but it seems like if I start an "instance" (apparently a virtual server, I think?), I have to pay 0.10$ for each hour that it's turned on.
That's 72$ a month for a virtual server, that's quite expensive. So, have I missed a point somewhere?
And btw, is EC2 even suitable for this kind of hosting?
Amazon has a plan which you commit to monthly payments but it is still more expensive than many VPS servers. They run Xen on EC2 so it is similar to what others provide, I would recommend shopping around for a smaller provider.
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