Thursday, August 2, 2012

BitNami Cloud Tools with Amazon EC2 High I/O instance support

One of our goals at BitNami is to make it easier to develop and deploy applications in the cloud. As part of this effort, we are happy to announce a new release of the BitNami Cloud Tools stack. The BitNami Cloud Tools installer packages the Amazon Web Services command line tools together with pre-configured Java, Ruby and Perl language runtimes. It is a self-contained, easy to use distribution that simplifies the process of getting started using AWS services from the command line. In this latest release, we have updated the AWS SDK for Java, which now includes two great new features: Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS support and Amazon EC2 High I/O Instances support.

Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS is a new Elastic Block Store volume type for running high performance databases in the cloud. Provisioned IOPS are designed to deliver predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads, such as database applications, that rely on consistent and fast response times. With Provisioned IOPS, you can flexibly specify both volume size and volume performance, and Amazon EBS will consistently deliver the desired performance over the lifetime of the volume.

The AWS SDK for Java now provides a convenient enum value to use when launching the new Amazon EC2 High I/O instance type. High I/O instances provide tens of thousands of low-latency, random I/O operations per second (IOPS) to an application. They are well suited for NoSQL databases, clustered databases, and OLTP (online transaction processing) systems.

For more information, see the release notes.

For a complete list of components and versions included in the BitNami Cloud Tools Stack, visit the BitNami Cloud Tools Stack page.