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Monday, May 18, 2009

[Fwd: Introducing Monitoring, Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing for Amazon EC2]

Is Rightscale and folks about to get squashed?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Introducing Monitoring, Auto Scaling and Elastic Load
Balancing for Amazon EC2
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 01:14:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: Amazon Web Services <no-reply-aws@amazon.com>
To: charles@thewybles.com <charles@thewybles.com>


Dear Amazon Web Services Customer,

We are excited to announce the public beta of several new features for
the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2): Amazon CloudWatch, a web
service for monitoring AWS cloud resources, Auto Scaling for
automatically growing and shrinking Amazon EC2 capacity based on demand,
and Elastic Load Balancing for distributing incoming traffic across
Amazon EC2 compute instances. Together, these capabilities provide you
with visibility into the health and usage of your AWS compute resources,
enhance application performance, and lower costs.


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*

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 free to
Amazon CloudWatch customers. Each instance launched by Auto Scaling is
automatically enabled for monitoring and the Amazon CloudWatch
monitoring charge will be applied.

For more information on these new features and details on how to start
using them, please see the resources listed below:

# Amazon EC2 Detail Page

# Release Notes <a>

These have been among the most requested Amazon EC2 features by our
customers. We hope they prove useful to you, and we look forward to your


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gbowles said...

I don't think this will crush companies like RightScale - the new Amazon features are all APIs so require significant work to use them, and Amazon hasn't been great in the past about adding a lot of value with monitoring (see the disappointing management console that they rolled out last year).

This will certainly limit RightScale's growth and their exit path though; it will also be a lot easier for competitors to come up with their own monitoring and load balancing value-adds using the new Amazon AMIs.

Anonymous said...


I think you are right. They management console was pretty lame. Rightscale does have a big head start and a very mature and well liked product.

I guess it shows the amazon offering maturing, if they are moving on to somewhat tangential items vs core cloud infrastructure services (ip/storage/cpu/mem).