Get your head in the clouds: Turn your ideas into applications with Amazon's EC2 and Railo



Do you have an idea for an application but get tripped up when it comes to getting started? Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and the Railo CFML engine can help! In this presentation I will show how you can use EC2 and Railo to get your projects out the door faster.


Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud offers a scalable solution for application development. You have at your fingertips the same infrastructure as the world’s largest online bookseller. This levels the playing field. As EC2 Evangelist Mike Culver puts it, “Imagine competing on ideas not on resources”. In this session we will look at what it takes to get started with EC2, including:

  • An EC2 Overview
  • Getting EC2 Credentials
  • Amazon’s administration tools – Command line & ElasticFox
  • Third Party Services
  • Amazon Machine Images (AMIs)
  • EC2 Resources

Railo is an open source CFML engine. It can be packaged with other applications as an EC2 image to provide a custom application environment that allows you to get started quickly without the usual infrastructure hassles. We will use an example application to look at how Railo and EC2 can speed up your development.

Speaking experience


  • Al Partridge

    ISITE Design


    Al Partridge is the Development Manager at ISITE Design, an interactive agency in Portland, Oregon. Al manages a team of developers who build websites and web applications in ColdFusion, .Net, PHP and standards based XHTML and CSS.

    Prior to working at ISITE, Al built web applications for Xerox.