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Amazon EC2 now runs Red Hat Linux

red hat logoAmazon has added Red Hat Linux to its collection of virtual machine images now available in its EC2 cloud computing service.


EC2 has many different operating systems available, including Windows Server and several different Linux versions including SUSE, Oracle and OpenSolaris. (On the horizon are support for Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu and Gentoo.)

Instances of Red Hat start at 14.5 cents per hour, depending on the size of the VM deployed. There are a variety of Red Hat versions 5 and 6 for both 32-bit and 64-bit instances available.

For those of you that haven’t ever touched Amazon’s EC2 and are itching to get started, as a new AWS customer, you can receive for free up to 750 hours per month of EC2 running Linux along with 750 hours per month of Elastic Load Balancing, plus 10 GB of storage for up to a year. A great tutorial by Matt Heusser over at Techtarget shows you how to get started.


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