Posted in Articles on Thursday, February 8, 2018
by Richard Vester - Group Executive for EOH Cloud Services Division
More than a decade ago, AWS changed the way that companies consumed compute resources. Through the introduction of scalable, on-demand web services, AWS enabled business to enter a world where they needed only to pay for what they used, with no added extras.
The addition of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Elastic Load Balancing, EC2 Auto Scaling, and Amazon CloudWatch made this even easier to achieve, enabling companies to build highly flexible, highly available applications. Essentially, AWS created the dynamic cloud.
Similarly, the introduction of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, a set of core strategies and best practices for architecting systems in the cloud, helps ensure the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible. The AWS Well-Architected Framework is based around security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimisation, guaranteeing infrastructure that effectively scales with business needs.
With the enhanced Auto Scaling capability from AWS, the cost optimisation pillar is easier to achieve than ever. By architecting an application correctly using Auto Scaling, businesses only pay for what they use. It not only eliminates unneeded costs or suboptimal resources, Auto Scaling effectively lowers the total cost of delivery of the application.
Scaling for your needs
Auto Scaling allows a business to specify the metrics they want to use to determine the proper size for the application, along with the rules necessary to determine the specific optimal number of servers. Auto Scaling automatically launches and terminates servers as needed to meet that optimal number.
Newly created servers are automatically provisioned and configured to run the application required, and Auto Scaling can also automatically perform standard actions such as adding and removing servers from the application load balancer as needed.
AWS has now introduced an enhanced Auto Scaling capability on the AWS platform. AWS Auto Scaling monitors applications and automatically adjusts capacity to maintain steady, predictable performance at the lowest possible cost. Using AWS Auto Scaling, it’s easy to setup application scaling for multiple resources across multiple services in minutes. The service provides a simple, powerful user interface that lets you build scaling plans for multiple resources.
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