Andrew Clarke

systems architect, internet developer, team leader

Andrew Clarke

Amazon AWS Route 53 ColdFusion components

December 7, 2010 · 3 Comments

Amazon's new AWS product, Route 53, couldn't have arrived at a better time for me.  Just this weekend I was pondering how I could quickly and cost-effectively manage mapping hundreds or perhaps thousands of subdomains to Amazon EC2 images.  I was researching different methods, and considering that I might have to set up my own nameservers to avoid paying hundreds of dollars per month in fees.  Neither option sounded very favourable to me as this project is in startup mode.

Yesterday morning I woke up to the blessed news that Amazon has started providing DNS services.  I quickly got coding and whipped up some components to access this new feature.  Even though I'd very much consider these to be "alpha" quality, I thought I'd share them here.  I'll post more details either when I get time, or if there's interest from anybody.

So far I've only tested this code in Railo 3.2 on Mac OS X.  You can download the code at

Tags: Amazon AWS · ColdFusion · Railo · Route 53

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jean-Yves Michel // Dec 8, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    That's great news. I thought about using amazon for DNS when I received there post.
    But did you make any cost calculation for “mapping hundreds or perhaps thousands of subdomains to Amazon EC2 images”?
  • 2 Andrew Clarke // Dec 8, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Hi Jean-Yves. That's a great question, and I think it's worthy of a separate blog post. As a quick answer, I haven't done an exhaustive analysis, but it's clearly cheaper for me than what else I was seeing out there.

    During development, there won't be hundreds of concurrent subdomains and they won't be used outside of the development and testing group. Once the product goes live, the subdomains will still only be used by a small number of people overall. I have no experience with estimating the number of DNS queries to expect, so without that piece of information I can't really say what using Route 53 will cost. I can only do a comparative analysis.

    - Andrew.
  • 3 Andrew Clarke // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:16 AM

    I've posted a comparative cost analysis of Route 53 at .

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