I made an off-hand remark to a friend of mine the other day about the future of my personal web hosting. Partly inspired by Sun's recent acquisition of Innotek (makers of VirtualBox) and partly by thinking I've been doing on and off since Xen and Amazon's EC2 took off.
I essentially said that when my existing web servers--those physically hosted up in a data center in San Francisco--finally give up, I'll probably replace them with a few VM images running on a yet-to-be-discovered virtual machine hosting provider.
For the last few years, my personal web servers have been far more than I need. They have more than sufficient CPU and memory (even though they're 4+ years old). Disk space for is about the only place I forsee much growth. So it seems to just make sense to get hosted on a service that'll let me build and upload a Debian virtual machine to host my web presence and give it a static IP address.
The funny thing is that Amazon's service would be prefect for this, except that they don't offer a static IP option--at least not one that I can find. So I may end up on someone like JohnCompanies in the future.
It's been fascinating to see all the work in virtualization over the last few years. VMWare was clearly a pioneer here, but the technology is practically comoditized at this point.
Posted by jzawodn at February 14, 2008 07:06 AM