Now that Amazon Web Services is starting to gain traction in the hosted application market, AWS today announced a new tool that will allow Amazon Web Service users to keep tabs on their AWS services. The first release of the management console is focused on the Elastic Compute Cloud (or EC2), AWS' virtualized server computing resource.
We have seen tools such as Ylastic that allow for monitoring of AWS utilities such as Amazon EC2, S3, SQS and SimpleDB, but the newly released tool from Amazon Web Services is the first to originate from AWS itself.
With the new Web-based AWS Management Console, AWS users have the following capabilities:
- AMI Management: Browse and search AMIs, launch instances from AMIs, de-register and register AMIs.
- Instance Management: Launch, reboot, terminate, get console output, RDP/SSH help, etc.
- Elastic IP Management: Create and release IP Addresses, associate IPs to instances
- Elastic Block Store: Create, delete, attach and detach volumes. Take snapshots and manage snapshots.
- Key Pair management: Create and delete public/private key pairs.
Other Management Options
In the blog post announcing the AWS Management Console, the author pointed to Elasticfox as another option to monitor the health of your EC2 instances. Elasticfox is a Firefox extension that provides a subset of the features that the AWS Management Console offers. The AWS Management Console will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to any AWS user's toolbox.
Eating Their Own?
With the release of the AWS Management Console, it is worth pointing out that Amazon is directly competing with some third-party developers (and partners) who helped make Amazon Web Services a success. Ylastic, for example, has had their business model simulated in a very uncomfortable way. Will users migrate to AWS' native platform? Only time will tell.
AWS is Maturing
It is great to see Amazon Web Services maturing. The platform began by establishing itself as a stable and reliable platform for Internet applications and is now building in attractive monitoring features to give users more visibility into the health of their Amazon Web Services instances.
We look forward to the AWS Management Console gaining more capabilities including the ability to peer into the health and status of S3, SQS and SimpleDB instances as well.