Oracle Amazon EC2 AMI for Europe Region

September 16, 2009  |  cloud, dba, linux

As most of you probably know,  an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) is a pre-built package of software which can be used to create or instantiate a virtual machine within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Amazon EC2 allows anyone with few bucks on the credit card to rent computers on which to run their own applications. EC2 provides scalable deployment of applications by using a web services interface through which we can create virtual machines on which we can load any software of our choice.

Oracle released, about 7 months ago, AMI’s in the US Amazon regions (US based data centers), that come with pre-installed Oracle Linux and Oracle Database 11g. Unfortunately in Europe we didn’t have those images available and most of us had to rely on Centos or Redhat AMI’s and then download and install Oracle software and create the database.

So, it seems these last days, quietly, Oracle released Oracle AMI’s for Europe region (London based data center) . Now it’s much faster to create Oracle Instances with 11g up and running…

The AMI’s ID’s are:

32 bit:

ami-087a517c
Oracle 11.1.0.7 Enterprise Edition
oracle-corporation-eu/database-ami/32-bit/oracle_11107_EE_32Bit-image.manifest.xml

ami-0a7a517e
Oracle 11.1.0.7 Standard Edition / SE One
oracle-corporation-eu/database-ami/32-bit/oracle_11107_SE_SE1_32Bit-image.manifest.xml
64 bit:

ami-587b502c
Oracle 11.1.0.7 Standard Edition / SE One
oracle-corporation-eu/database-ami/64-bit/oracle_11107_SE_SE1_64Bit-image.manifest.xml

ami-5e7b502a
Oracle 11.1.0.7 Enterprise Edition
oracle-corporation-eu/database-ami/64-bit/oracle_11107_EE_64Bit-image.manifest.xml

We can create the type of instance that we want, depending on our processing power needs we can choose different types of instances… The most common are:

Small Instance – The small instance (default) equates to a system with 1.7 GB of memory, 1 EC2 Compute Unit (1 virtual core with 1 EC2 Compute Unit), 160 GB of instance storage, 32-bit platform

Large Instance – The large instance represents a system with 7.5 GB of memory, 4 EC2 Compute Units (2 virtual cores with 2 EC2 Compute Units each), 850 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform

Extra Large Instance – The extra large instance offers the equivalent of a system with 15 GB of memory, 8 EC2 Compute Units (4 virtual cores with 2 EC2 Compute Units each), 1690 GB of instance storage, 64-bit platform.

You have also High CPU instances that have proportionally more CPU resources than memory (RAM) and address compute-intensive applications.

Happy instantiation 🙂

An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is a pre-built package of software which can be used to create or instantiate a virtual machine within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

An AMI forms the basic unit of deployment for services delivered using EC2 and typically includes the operating system (for example Linux, UNIX, or Windows) and additional software necessary to deliver a service.


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