We have a proprietary .net (C) application that we run on our local servers to manage our databases. It utilises as much CPU and, most importantly, lots of disk IO when processing. The software is designed to manage very large databases by turning the data into bitmaps so that we can run fast counts and selections on the data (millions of records at a time).
I love the idea of Amazon EC2 but this and others appear to be designed for web applications and SQL databases. Our product is designed to run on a local machine but I would love to be able to scale it within a virtual environment so that when we are doing heavy processing we can spin-up 20-30 servers and when want we can just use one.
I am not a developer but have a basic understanding of tech and so please forgive if this is oversimplistic.
Effectively, I want to run our application as normal on a server or virtual server but be able to scale up really quickly as and when.
If this is an unrealistic request, I would welcome alternative solutions.
Please feel free to ask questions - I can ask our software guys for responses if necessary.