Amazon Web Services is rolling out several new features for its Elastic Compute Cloud that aims to make it easier for businesses to scale the cloud computing resources they need, and to manage their traffic coming into their instances in EC2. Amazon officials said customers were asking for greater control monitoring, scaling and directing traffic in the cloud computing platform.
Amazon Web Services is launching a number of new features for its cloud
computing environment designed to make it easier for customers to manage their
use of the compute resources.
The features announced May 18 range from new abilities for scaling the
compute resources on Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) to balancing the
workloads across those resources.
The new offerings will give EC2 users greater control over the cloud
computing resources, which will help them increase performance and lower costs,
said Peter DeSantis, general manager of Amazon
"Monitoring cloud assets, scaling capacity automatically and balancing
traffic efficiently have been among the most requested Amazon EC2 features from
our customers," DeSantis said in a statement.
Amazon's CloudWatch Web service gives users greater visibility into how
they're using the resources, how those resources are working and patterns in
demand, from network traffic to CPU utilization. Users can select the EC2
instance that they want to monitor, and CloudWatch will begin collecting and storing
data that customers can access using Web service APIs or CLTs (Command Line
Customers also can use Amazon's Auto Scaling feature to ramp EC2 capacity up
or down, depending on need. The capability lets businesses have the necessary
resources when demand spikes, then pare back when it eases, Amazon officials
Elastic Load Balancing lets users distribute workload traffic across
multiple EC2 instances, improving fault tolerance. The feature also will
automatically reroute traffic away from resources that might be down, and then
redirect the traffic back once those resources are back up.
EC2 users in the United States
can access these features immediately; those in Europe
will have to wait for a few months, Amazon officials said.