|Amazon Web Services Launches New Features for Amazon EC2 Enabling Monitoring, Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing|
“Monitoring cloud assets, scaling capacity automatically, and balancing
traffic efficiently have been among the most requested Amazon EC2
features from our customers,” said
Amazon CloudWatch is a web service that provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources, starting with Amazon EC2. It provides customers with visibility into resource utilization, operational performance, and overall demand patterns—including metrics such as CPU utilization, disk reads and writes, and network traffic. To use Amazon CloudWatch, simply select the Amazon EC2 instances that you’d like to monitor; within minutes, Amazon CloudWatch will begin aggregating and storing monitoring data that can be accessed using web service APIs or Command Line Tools.
Auto Scaling allows you to automatically scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down according to conditions you define. With Auto Scaling, you can ensure that the number of Amazon EC2 instances you’re using scales up seamlessly during demand spikes to maintain performance, and scales down automatically during demand lulls to minimize costs. Auto Scaling is particularly well suited for applications that experience hourly, daily, or weekly variability in usage. Auto Scaling is enabled by Amazon CloudWatch and available at no additional charge beyond Amazon CloudWatch fees.
Elastic Load Balancing
Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. It enables you to achieve even greater fault tolerance in your applications, seamlessly providing the amount of load balancing capacity needed in response to incoming application traffic. Elastic Load Balancing detects unhealthy instances within a pool and automatically reroutes traffic to healthy instances until the unhealthy instances have been restored. Customers can enable Elastic Load Balancing within a single Availability Zone or across multiple zones for even more consistent application performance.
Like all Amazon Web Services and features, Amazon CloudWatch and Elastic Load Balancing are available on a pay-as-you-go basis with no up-front fee, minimum spend or long term commitment. Auto Scaling is enabled by Amazon CloudWatch and carries no additional fees.
These features have already been adopted by a variety of AWS customers:
“Amazon CloudWatch, Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing improve the
reliability of our applications, reduce support complexity, and improve
our time to deployment of new solutions for our customers,” said
“By using Elastic Load Balancing and Auto Scaling features, we are able
to dynamically launch and terminate instances in proportion to ShareThis
traffic patterns. This removes the operational burden of ensuring our
environments are never overloaded or underutilized, and guarantees we
only pay for the resources we need,” said
The features announced today are included in AWS Premium Support and are currently available in the U.S. region with EU region availability in the next several months.
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