Amazon beefs up cloud management console
Scale up, scale down? You decide
Amazon has plonked a few more features into the EC2 tab of its AWS management console, in an effort it claimed would make the system easier to use and, at the same time, much gutsier.
"You can now change the instance type of a stopped, EBS-backed EC2 instance. This means that you can scale up or scale down as your needs change," said the company in a blog post yesterday.
The online book seller and cloud vendor said that the features would slightly hamper users who want to switch between 32-bit and 64-bit processing on the Amazon Web Services console.
"The new instance type must be compatible with the AMI that you used to boot the instance," it said.
A key change to the console allows users to control what happens when an EBS (Elastic Block Storage)-backed instance shuts itself down, either by stopping or terminating the instance, said Amazon. ®
It's a useful shortcut - doing it from the command line was a bit of a hassle, particularly when everything else could be done through the web console. For a while I was tweaking a Windows EC2 instance - 'tiny' was enough for the application it was hosting, but if I wanted to install patches or new components it was much more responsive the next size up. So, I'd shut it down, crank it up a step, make all the changes I needed, then switch back down to tiny.
I wondered at the time why they hadn't bothered including a dropdown menu for instance type, like they had with other parameters - hardly a major undertaking, you'd think. Still, they've been rolling in a lot of new features to various AWS services lately, and letting the console lag behind a bit - let's hope the console catches up now.