[GLLUG] Amazon EC2 vs Hetzner dedicated box. Am I missing the obvious?

Richard W.M. Jones rich at annexia.org
Thu Aug 7 19:46:52 UTC 2014

On Wed, Aug 06, 2014 at 12:41:18AM +0100, gvim wrote:
> I'm a bit green when it comes to the whole cloud compute thing but I
> just read a recommendation that a Rails app which expects
> significant traffic should be hosted on an Amazon EC2 m3.medium. So
> that would get me:
> 1 vCPU
> 3.75 GB RAM
> 4GB SSD storage
> ... for $0.077 per hour = £398/year.

JLMS already made the central points about cloud -- flexibility and
the cost of your time and missed revenue.

I'd like to add that to run a small site, cloud can scale *down* too.
If you site is only going to have a handful of users then the machine
you quote above could be overpowered.  You'd be better off with a
smaller and cheaper option (or even one of the free tiers).

If your expectation of "significant traffic" does come true later, the
cloud lets you easily scale back up.


Richard Jones
Red Hat

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