AWS storage cloud gains static website hosting

Amazon Web Services' storage cloud can now host entire basic websites, cutting out the need for a virtual machine instance.Customers need no longer use the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in tandem with the Simple Storage Service (S3) to host a basic, non-dynamic website, Amazon said on Thursday.

Amazon Web Services' storage cloud can now host entire basic websites, cutting out the need for a virtual machine instance.

Customers need no longer use the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in tandem with the Simple Storage Service (S3) to host a basic, non-dynamic website, Amazon said on Thursday. Now sites can be mounted through S3 alone.

Werner Vogels, Amazon Web Services' (AWS) chief technology officer, said in a post that the majority of his personal blog is now hosted on S3 so it can use the "scale and reliability of Amazon S3". However, applications for managing comments, serving search and editing postings are still run from a low-powered EC2 virtual machine instance, he said.

Static web pages are typically constructed in HTML and do not undergo server-side manipulation prior to being served to the viewer.

In addition, the service will allow users to use HTML error documents instead of auto-generated XML messages. This allows custom 404 pages and other 4xx-class errors, Amazon said.

Users of the service will need to be well-versed in the AWS console and AWS software development kit to mount the site, set access and modify the parameters of the S3 storage 'buckets' that the website will be stored in.

AWS recently expanded the maximum size of any single object in S3 from 5GB to 5TB, allowing massive datasets to be hosted on it.

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