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Abel Ureta-Vidal

Amazon AWS EC2 changing instance type

If you haven't noticed, AWS recently announced a feature to change the type of instance on EBS backed instances. This feature is particularly useful if you want to add more computing power to an instance to perform certain task and then can scale it..

Abel Ureta-Vidal

Elasticfox Firefox - AWS EC2 add-on for Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0 and higher with t1.micro instance support

If you are a regular Amazon Web Services user, Elasticfox Firefox extension is a must to avoid the hassle of providing credentials on AWS console frequently. If you are not aware of this add-on, please do read the Elasticfox Getting Started Guide.

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How to Convert S3-backed (instance store) AMI to EBS-backed AMI

In one of the recent Amazon Deep Dive Workshop, we were handed a cheat sheet to turn a Linux S3 instance to EBS backed instance. This is one of the simplest process I have come across.

Symposium success!

Well that went better than could be hoped for! The 1st Eagle Genomics Symposium ("Provisioning Bioinformatics For The Next Decade - Are We Prepared?") proceeded very smoothly with a wide variety of interesting talks and plenty of discussions and..

VMware in the cloud

Amazon currently permits VMware users to import their existing VMware images and convert them into AWS-compatible AMIs. There are only three caveats: (a) the machine must be shut down before importing, (b) it must have less than 1TB of virtual..

Amazon dedicated hardware

This morning Amazon Web Services announced Dedicated Instances which are normal cloud instances but running on hardware that is exclusive for the customer. In other words, if you start up one of these, there is zero chance of someone else in another..

Symposium Abstract #8 - Matt Wood

This is the last of the abstracts for talks being given at the 1st Eagle Genomics Symposium, "Provisioning Bioinformatics for the Next Decade - are we prepared?". Here we will hear from Matt Wood, Technology Evangelist at Amazon Web Services. AWS..

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Cloud Computing Security - not risky for every system

While cloud computing is one of the top current trends in the IT industry, pharmaceutical sector (where the sensitive data is traditionally being protected behind corporate firewalls) has concerns about cloud security. Keeping aside the law and..


Did you know that in New Zealand, say the word 'Manchester' and everyone will think you're talking about bedsheets? Nobody will even stop to think that you might actually be referring to a large city in the North of England (which also just happens..

Bio-IT World Europe 2010 slides

Here are the slides I just presented at the Cloud Computing Workshop at Bio-IT World Europe 2010 in Hannover, Germany. Other speakers included Dave Powers from CycleComputing, and Glenn Proctor from the EBI, both of whom presented very interesting..

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