Feeds

Amazon automates AWS app deployment

Shares internal CloudFormation tool

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Amazon wants to make it easier for you to use its EC2 compute cloud and related services to host complicated applications.

Managing virtual server and storage slices is relatively easy, but real-world applications span multiple data center tiers, both horizontally across similar machines clustered for scalability, and vertically across machines interconnected to do different portions of the work. This includes Web, application, load balancing, database, and storage tiers, just to mention the most common ones. And sometimes, what an end user perceives as a single application is a hodge-podge collection of multiple applications, each with their own tiers.

This can be very messy to manage in either a physical or virtual environment. Companies have developed their own internal scripting tools and templating systems to deploy n-tier applications, or acquired them from third parties. And, as it turns out, online retailer Amazon created its own n-tier application templating and provisioning tool that it has used to deploy its own messy applications on various Amazon Web Services.

Starting today, you can start using this tool as well, which is called CloudFormation. The tool, aimed at both developers using AWS products to create and test applications and as well as companies running production applications on top of AWS, comes with sample templates that Amazon has itself used to create n-tier applications and automagically provision and deploy them on its cloudy infrastructure. The idea is that the templates know what sequence each tier needs to be deployed in and knows all the dependencies between the tiers and their applications. Basically, you tell AWS how everything is linked in a template and CloudFormation worries about deploying it. This will reduce human error as well as speeding up deployment.

CloudFormation can be used on a whole bunch of Amazon cloudy services, including the Elastic Compute Cloud, Elastic Block Storage, Relational Database Service, Simple Notification Service, Simple Queue Service, Elastic Load Balancers, and Elastic IP Addresses. Groups for EC2 Security, Auto Scaling, RDS Security, and other add-on management features for the basic AWS compute, storage, and database services are also able to be managed by CloudFormation. (You can see the full list here.)

Admins create the CloudFormation templates that describe their stacks, store them on the S3 storage cloud, and then they can use the AWS Management Console, raw AWS APIs, or the CloudFormation command line to deploy the stacks.

CloudFormation is available now, and is free to customers who buy AWS stuff. There is a catch, however. To use CloudFormation, Amazon signs you up for all of the services supported by the tool. In for a penny, in for a pound. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.