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Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk application-management layer has drawn interest from the latest start-up of Wily Technologies' founder Lew Cirne.

Cirne's New Relic has announced that it's integrating its RPM cloud-management system for Java, Ruby, PHP, and .NET applications with Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk after it was approached by the online retailer.

New Relic is bullish on splicing its service with Beanstalk, which only launched in January and currently only works with Java apps running on Apache's Tomcat.

Cime's company already lets you monitor apps running on the existing Amazon AWS service, with New Relic claiming that it manages 130,000 apps from 7,500 companies. It also provides monitoring of Ruby applications on Heroku, the app host that sits on top of Amazon.

New Relic is partnering with Amazon on its new infrastructure because it believes Beanstalk has growth potential. "It gets us to one of the primary people who buy our product – the developer," New Relic's vice president of business development Bill Lapcevic told The Reg. "As Beanstalk expands past Tomcat to other containers and developer platforms ... we are going to see a lot of traffic."

Beanstalk has been built by Amazon to simplify the provisioning and deployment of apps on AWS and to monitor the performance of the specific AWS instance that your application is running on.

Beanstalk straddles Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon Simple Notification Service, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto-Scaling services. The idea is that you can roll-out and manage an app on Amazon's cloud without needing to know the intricacies of the plumbing.

New Relic promised that integration of its on-demand service with Beanstalk would let you monitor custom code and application containers, and build some instrumentation for back-end Amazon services such as S3. "Anything the application has access to, we are instrumenting," Lapcevic said. The only things you won't see are some of the network services such as DNS resolution time.

Cime founded New Relic in 2008 to provide on-demand application management for cloud-based software. He's the founder of enterprise applications-management specialist Wily Technologies, which was sold to behemoth Computer Associates for $375m in 2006.®

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