Plone quick-start: easily evaluate Plone using Amazon EC2
Plone 4 is undoubtedly one of the best open source content management systems out there, and it’s also very easy to download and install. However, there are times when you just need a quick evaluation or have to set up a test or demo site that people at different locations can use. In those cases, our Plone quick-start instances may be just what you need.
To quickly and painlessly get your own Plone site, you’ll need an Amazon Web Services account. Running your Plone site there is not free but it’s comparatively cheap and the set up cost is zero. We have prepared a couple of fully featured Plone Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), so all you need to do is fill out this form to add the Plone image that you want to use to your AWS account. You can be up and running in minutes.
What is included with the Plone quick-start AMI:
- Latest stable releases of Plone: 4.0 or 3.3.5
- Apache is configured to proxy to Varnish for caching
- Varnish is configured to proxy to Zope
- CacheFu is included (Products.CacheSetup for Plone 3.3.5, plone.app.caching for Plone 4.0)
- Supervisor is used to start/stop the Zope instance
- Backups of the Data.fs file are run daily (incremental) and weekly (full)
- ZODB packing prior to backups
- Logfile rotation of Zope logs
- Start/stop the instance and only pay Amazon while the instance is running. Stop the instance and not lose your data.
- Full SSH access to the server using your keypair for further configuration and customization
Note that at the moment we only have set up the Plone AMIs for the US East region. If you are interested in having them available for other regions, please leave a comment on this post. We’ll consider adding other regions if there’s enough interest.