High availability

On the cheap

This page is hosted on an Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute EC2.  The instance is a small, but fixed slice of an Amazon server running a Virtual Machine described below.

The operating system is Linux.  Securely connecting to the machine allows me to install Apache as a web server, MySQL as a database and WordPress as a content management system.  There publicly available images with these pre-installed but I prefer to build my own.  Instructions here.

If you are unfamiliar with these technologies, check them out just at a high level.  Operating system is the computer’s basic functionality.  A web server receives and directs web traffic.  A database reads and writes information to be stored and accessed.  A content management system basically allows people to easily manage a blog. Continue reading “High availability”