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How to use Amazon Ec2 Free-Tier with OfficeClip

by Narsimha 21. February 2014 08:41

Note: If you are using OfficeClip from AWS Marketplace, you *DO NOT* need to follow the instructions given below. Your initial password of the created instance is abcd1234@ which must be changed before using the software.


Amazon provides a free-tier for its EC2 (Elastic Cloud) on their smallest server (called micro-instance) for one year as long as you are within their limits of access (for limits see http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/). In most cases you will not have to pay for it in the first year. After the first year you will pay around $15 to $20 per month if you prepay for one or three years. Please visit http://aws.amazon.com/free and the amazon AWS site at http://aws.amazon.com to get more details.

We have created an Amazon Machine for you with OfficeClip already installed. The basic version of OfficeClip is free for 10 users. So essentially you can run OfficeClip dedicated server free for one year.

Let's see how this compares with installing OfficeClip at your own machine:

  • Pros: You have a dedicated machine but do not have the hassle of software installation and maintenence
  • Pros: OfficeClip is pre-installed for you, so all you have to do is start the machine
  • Pros: Amazon currently provides a free-tier for one year
  • Pros: You can dynamically scale processing power, memory and disk space while keeping the information intact.
  • Cons: Amazon Free Tier Micro Instance is a small machine and OfficeClip may run slow. We have tested it ourselves. While most operations are fast, sometimes you may have to wait for a few seconds delay.
  • Cons: Amazon charges for the bandwidth, so you have to be careful. If your machine is compromised by some spyware, it can run up your bills quite a bit. Amazon has alarms to guard against it but most people do not set those.
  • Cons: It is more expensive to host your machine at amazon compared to hosting it on premise if you do not consider human labor cost of installation and maintenence.

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How to run OfficeClip Instance on the Amazon EC2 Cloud

by SK Dutta 9. March 2011 17:51

Many of our customers have requested to host their installed version of OfficeClip outside their company. In this article we present a simple way to host OfficeClip on the Amazon EC2 cloud. OfficeClip uses Windows 2008 Datacenter OS and Sql Express 2008 image on the Amazon EC2 cloud. Running OfficeClip on the amazon EC2 cloud will provide you with the following benefits:

  • You can run the installed version of OfficeClip on a dedicated server.
  • There is no need to install OfficeClip, the installation is already done for you and you can just configure and run it.
  • You have the flexibility to increase or decrease the machine resources based on your needs.
  • It is cheaper than many dedicated or virtual servers you can find in the market.

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