Amazon EC2 Hosting Now Runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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In a post made Tuesday on the Amazon Web Services blog, the cloud computing giant announced that users of the company’s Electric Compute Cloud infrastructure as a service offering are now able to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with support from Amazon and Red Hat.

Amazon continues to open up its AWS ecosystem. EC2 previously allowed users to run Windows Server and a few other Linux distributions, including SUSE, Oracle and OpenSolaris. The company reportedly has plans to support Red Hat’s Fedora, as well as Debian, Ubuntu and Gentoo, in the future.

According to the post, users can now launch 32- and 64-bit instances in every AWS region and every type of EC2 instance, using versions 5.5, 5.6, 6.0 or 6.1 of RHEL. Amazon’s Quick Start Wizard reportedly now includes a list of images that users can launch immediately.

Members of Red Hat’s Cloud Access program can use their existing licenses to launch the cloud instances. Other users are able to use RHEL On-Demand instances now, with Spot and Reserved instances to be made available in “the future.”

Complete pricing for the RHEL EC2 On-Demand instances is posted at the AWS website.

Pricing for RHEL instances starts at 14.5 cents per hour, and goes up from there, based on the size of the instance.

Users running RHEL on EC2, says Amazon, will have access to an update repository operated by Red Hat, and customers of AWS’s Premium Support service can access support from both Amazon and Red Hat.

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