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I'm trying to determine whether I should put this particular server on an EC2 small instance or keep it at Linode. The server runs a variety of cronjob scripts that fetch data from feeds, store it in a local MySQL instance, and provide it to other services via a HTTP API. Obviously the services that it exposes need to be available at all times. I'm currently using a Linode VPS to do this.

I've calculated that it would be more cost effective to use an EC2 EBS-backed instance for this purpose but the prospect of a hardware failure taking down the instance while I'm away from my computer scares me. Linode, for instance, would automatically restart my VPS after such a failure. With EC2, what options are available to restart the instance automatically? Is a VPS through a service like Linode a better fit for this use case?

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the prospect of a hardware failure taking down the instance while I'm away from my computer scares me

We run many EC2 instances, but never had this is problem. Still, Amazon does not rule it out.

But given that it is so extremely rare, would some normal website monitoring not be sufficient? I mean, there are many things that can go wrong on a web server and this is just one of the possible (but rare) issues.

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