With the new podcast series “News in the Cloud” we will bring you the latest news in cloud with our Tech Evangelist and trainer Javi Moreno.
In the first episode, we talked about the highlights of the first trimester in Amazon Web Services: Elastic File System, Cloudwatch, Beanstalk and the Lightsail service.
If you missed the episode, you can listen to it here, but we also leave the notes so you can have more detail. Don’t miss it!
What’s new about Amazon Web Services:
– Elastic File System
Elastic File System is a file-based, Linux-compatible shared storage, as it is based on SMB. It is very useful to migrate applications on-premises without having to change them, being also very robust.
Since it was created it has had a performance associated with the size occupied by the files stored in it, which was a problem if you only needed to share a few small files. But, as of now, we have good news: reading performance has risen 400%. ¡So we invite you to test with him!
Cloudwatch is an AWS monitoring service that from now on allows you to combine multiple alarms to receive a single notification.
As you know, if we have a complex architecture, usually a major system failure does not sound a single alarm, but several. This means that multiple alarms are sent to the operations team, generating a lot of noise when there is actually a single source of the problem.
In order to address this problem, Cloudwatch now allows you to group multiple alarms to send a single notification. A very useful feature for operations teams that are on call, as they can detect the problem more specifically without receiving multiple warnings.
An ideal way to launch applications on AWS without having to spend too much time studying various services, being useful for deploying infrastructure without such a developed knowledge of AWS.
Elastic Beanstalk builds the infrastructure—database, network, servers, instances, load balancer, and so on,” so you don’t have to worry about how these parts fit together.
As you know, instances or virtual machines can be paid in a variety of ways: price on-demand, price per reservation, or through spot instances.
The latest is that Elastic Beanstalk now allows you to pay for instances with the spot instances model: being able to save an average of 70%, in exchange for allowing Amazon to recover them if you need them.
– Service of the week: Lightsail
The AWS learning curve is much more difficult than it looks, because of the plethora of things you need to know, and the regular web console user experience.
Lightsail is a version of services with an excellent user experience, from reducing complexity (there are not as many options) to the user interface.
It is designed for simple scenarios, such as a classic Virtual Private Server. But with Amazon technology and all API-based.
What services does it offer you?
- T-family-like virtual machines (with credits), with optional fixed IP, VPC peering, and EBS-equivalent disks with EC2 exportable snapshots and a firewall.
- Metrics with notifications
- Databases: Mysql with automatic backup, encryption, upgrades and standby failover (HA plan). You can have multiple databases on the same instance.
- Balancers, with health check, sticky sessions and TLS with managed certificate.
Soon you will have available the second episode of the series, which you can listen to here.