For the past few months I've been planning on writing a post about the services that make this site possible. I've read these sorts of posts on other sites and they seem very marketing heavy. They're often titled "sponsor post" or something equivalent. This post is different. I'm genuinely a fan (and customer) of all of these services and in most cases I pay for them monthly. After the break I discuss each service/app I rely on to power this site. I put each service within category blocks such as: the server, the app, backups, uptime, etc.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on March 1, 2011 at 8:02 AM. It was filed in the following categories: ColdFusion, Site News, Personal, Linux. It has been viewed 23105 times and has 6 comments.

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  1. roger tubby

    Thanks for your list, Aaron.

    I'm guessing you get a few referral points here and there for product mention. That's fine with me as your info is very helpful.

    Why is it that I feel squeamish about trusting my backups to a company (Tomahawk) that have multiple spelling errors on a top informational page (

  2. @roger - Yea, I included referral links to a few of the services, but why wouldn't I? I genuinely love these services and I want them to know it via the referrals. And if I get a small kickback in the future I think that's perfectly okay. These aren't "planted" reviews of the services and I'm a customer of each.

    As far as the spelling errors on the Tomahawk site goes... ummm k. I don't have an issue with a few spelling errors; lord knows I'm just as guilty. I promise you this, if you e-mail or call Tomahawk you'll forget about a few measly spelling errors really fast. Give it a try.

  3. Nice post it's always good to give a shout out to things you use and make your life better.

    I agree on mango blog. I use it for my blog now ( I need to be better about adding stuff I am working on :) ). I agree it's hard to change stuff in the application. The PLUGIN architecture is very cool and incredibly impressive in many ways, but not for the faint of heart. I have tried a few times but then got distracted.

    I've started playing with EC2 for my current project. I'll check out Linode also :)

  4. @Jeff - EC2 (and all Amazon Web Services really) is great. But it gets expensive. As an example, to run this site on EC2 would cost about 1.5 x what it costs me to run it on Linode. That's given the pricing of EC2's micro AMIs, small AMIs, etc. Getting inexpensive resources from Amazon is easy but they don't always work that well for even small sites.

  5. S3 is just amazing for us so I am trying out EC2 for some processing jobs we run. We'll see how much it ends up costing. I think that's the hardest thing about EC2 you can guess how much it costs but you really have to run something and see what everything ends up being :)

    My site is on our Dedicated server (Redhat ES) at We have had great luck with them and they do all the grunt work for me.

    At Linode do they do the Linux administration for you or they just give you the space like EC2 and then you are responsible for it?

    Do you have any issues running CF 9 on Umbuntu? Since Adobe doesn't support it ? We always use REDHAT since that's what and Adobe like. It seems to run fine on CENTOS/AMAZON LINUX though.

    It's always fun to play. :)

  6. @Jeff - S3 is great, I use it extensively. Have you tried CloudFront? I'll be blogging about it soon hopefully.

    Your Linode server will be self-managed just like anything you deploy on EC2. That said, the Linode team and forums are great places to go for help. They aren't responsible for keeping your Linode up and running, but they will help you out if needed.

    Ubuntu 9.04 is supported by Adobe ColdFusion 9, but 9.04 is no longer supported by Ubuntu. But, I've not had any problems with it or Ubuntu Karmic (9.10). I also have several CF servers running CentOS 5.5 without issue.