Amazon's EC2 is one of the latest initiatives attempting to leverage the use of web services for optimizing the use of computing resources. In this blog entry entry by Chris Richardson, you can get an overview for using a Groovy-based framework in conjunction with Cloud Tools , both of which provide the necessary tools for Java EE developers to use such a platform. Read Chris Richardson's complete post: http://chris-richardson.blog-city.com/ec2deploy_and_the_cloud_tools_maven_plugin_are_now_available.htm