"Maybe the most surprising growth to some people is the size of the servers," said CTO Thorsten von Eicken on his blog. Eicken said that the cheapest Small Amazon EC2 instances made up the majority of servers used on RightScale last year, but the increase in offerings with high amounts of memory and the increased use of cloud computing had completely turned that on its head in under 12 months.
The company said 58% of instances launched were Small last year, with only 12% being Extra Large types. 56% are now Extra Large instances as compared to only 22% Small, a reversal that Eicken attributes to better understanding of the economics of variable-use services like EC2.
"If you need 200 to 300GB of memcached, I'm sure you would rather operate ten 32 GB servers over 200 1.7 GB servers (which were the only servers available in 2006-2007). And these are not the largest such clusters that we see," he said. Eicken said the fact that servers now last longer in the cloud (twice as many last longer than 30 days) also supported the idea that cloud was gaining credence for business applications.
Slightly bizarre cloud service launches
Weirdly claiming to be a replacement for the operating system (OS), or possibly an OS for the Internet, German cloud startup Semyou says it is "the new semantic Web OS."
The press release doesn't make much sense, but Semyou is apparently a virtual desktop service with office productivity apps and online storage that also claims it can be used as a stand-alone OS for a laptop or desktops.