Many of you have met Mike Masterson, Product Manager for Notes/Domino application development, over the last 18 months or so.  Today, Mike would like to talk about the formal unveiling of Lotus Domino on the Amazon EC2 cloud. --Ed

Domino, we have ignition.

It should come as no surprise that bringing up Domino as an application server in the cloud was, more or less, a non-event. Domino has always embraced technology revolutions and with its long-standing support for Linux and remote administration, installing it in the cloud is fairly simple as some of you have already found out. The promise of cloud is, of course, much more than just virtualizing a server; its about delivering a flexible and demand-driven infrastructure, paying only for what you use, and simplifying as many administration aspects as possible.

The Domino 8.5.1 image that we just released (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/ls/lsds/cloud.html) on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud is also another step forward in elevating Domino and XPage development for the masses and compliments the freely available Designer tool (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/ls/dominodesigner/index.html). The core Domino data directory leverages Elastic Block Storage so that it can be quickly assigned, and even reconfigure, Domino server instances. A simple administration interface was prototyped (watch for an OpenNTF project coming soon) so that developers could perform a few routine admin tasks, like changing server name/ip address and adding or removing users, with ease.

Anyone that would like to test or develop a “commercially available application”, including open source and OpenNTF projects, is welcome to use this Domino instance without any software license charge (Amazon base machine hour rates do still apply). We are also working on a development image for the IBM Development and Test Cloud (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29685.wss) and are exploring opportunities with partners to provide similar offerings for their hosted infrastructures. While the image is not yet intended for production deployments or support, it delivers a great milestone in our launch sequence for the cloud.

Image:Guest blog-Mike Masterson: Domino on Amazon EC2 web service

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