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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By : Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar
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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By: Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar

Overview of this book

AWS is at the forefront of Cloud Computing today. Many businesses are moving away from traditional datacenters and toward AWS because of its reliability, vast service offerings, lower costs, and high rate of innovation. Because of its versatility and flexible design, AWS can be used to accomplish a variety of simple and complicated tasks such as hosting multitier websites, running large scale parallel processing, content delivery, petabyte storage and archival, and lots more. Whether you are a seasoned sysadmin or a rookie, this book will provide you with all the necessary skills to design, deploy, and manage your applications on the AWS cloud platform. The book guides you through the core AWS services such as IAM, EC2, VPC, RDS, and S3 using a simple real world application hosting example that you can relate to. Each chapter is designed to provide you with the most information possible about a particular AWS service coupled with easy to follow hands-on steps, best practices, tips, and recommendations. By the end of the book, you will be able to create a highly secure, fault tolerant, and scalable environment for your applications to run on.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
AWS Administration – The Definitive Guide
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An overview of Auto Scaling

We have been talking about AWS and the concept of dynamic scalability, also known as Elasticity in general throughout this book; well now is the best time to look at it in depth with the help of Auto Scaling!

Auto Scaling basically enables you to scale your compute capacity (EC2 instances) either up or down, depending on the conditions you specify. These conditions could be as simple as a number that maintains the count of your EC2 instances at any given time, or even complex conditions that measure the load and performance of your instances such as CPU utilization, memory utilization, and so on. But a simple question that may arise here is why do I even need Auto Scaling? Is it really that important? Let's look at a dummy application's load and performance graph to get a better understanding of things; let's take a look at the following screenshot:

The graph to the left depicts the traditional approach that is usually taken to map an application's performance requirements...