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Amazon recently allowed Elastic Block Store to boot persistent images. However, there are two concerns I have with the method. * The EBS boot volumes must be EBS Snapshots, which cost more than regular EBS volumes. (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#pricing) * The EBS boot volumes currently do not work within the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) infrastructure. (http://aws.amazon.com/vpc/faqs/#45)