Yes, it finally happened. We moved the registry over to the mystical, magical cloud. There were a few bumps in the road but nothing so tragic or unique that it took much time to solve. Most of the issues were not specific to the cloud but more to the migration itself.
Amazon EC2 was chosen for hosting the project for its infinite scalability and general developer friendliness. Tony had some prior experience with the environment which certainly helped smooth many of the potential pitfalls. The control panel is really a breeze to use and the whole migration was really straightforward.
There certainly was a process as it was more involved than other hosting environments, but once done is really a set and forget operation. We mapped out the backup strategy to make sure we had a path forward just in case by using some of the built-in tools. We used a really basic Ubuntu image and then installed the environment for the application.
The application switch occurred several weeks ago and we’ve had no major problems. We look forward to continually improve the application and now we have a stable platform for some really great changes. Until then please submit some services to the registry, you’ll be glad you did.