30 May 2011

Microsoft Web Farm Framework using AWS EC2

As can be the case with some products there can be a degree of tweaking required outside the advised setup to get them functioning, and the recent addition to IIS, the 'Web Farm Framework' (WFF), is no exception.
WFF is great in concept and there's no doubting it's usefulness for distributed web application and site replication across a multi-server platform. In this post I'm going to show you how to set up a basic two server WFF using EC2 instances across the Amazon AWS platform.

20 May 2011

Autosnappy for EC2 Snapshots - The No Brainer

The bulk of our recent development has delivered various virtual server platforms across Amazons superb EC2, which, on the back of last months outage has prompted an extra level of awareness for built in resilience.

Multi-zoned load balancing for web boxes is easily catered for using standard AWS tools, but what of SQL? Especially for a client budget restricted to the non-replicative self-contained simplicity of MS SQL Express (It's free for a reason).