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September 2014

When AWS automation takes the wheel

Sponsored by SearchAWS

One of the greatest advantages of Amazon Web Services is the ability to automate services and functions of cloud applications. Still, before organizations can reap the benefits they must have a firm understanding of what actually makes up AWS' automation -- Auto Scaling and CloudFront, specifically.

In this three-part guide, SearchAWS editors will delve into the information necessary to understand the ins, outs and in-betweens of AWS automation. To begin, software engineer Brian Tarbox takes a hard look at reactive programming, which enables a program to automatically react to load changes in its environment. It's not new, but AWS's Auto Scaling services is putting a fresh spin on the concept. Tarbox details Auto Scaling further, highlighting for readers two important components: hysteresis and EC2 pricing. Next, journalist George Lawton drills down on the primary use case for AWS CloudFront: delivery of static content to users. Lawton serves up examples from a host of different organizations to show what CloudFront can do to improve content and content delivery, though he warns, "It is not a silver bullet for every source of delay in Web performance." Tarbox finishes the handbook with final look at Auto Scaling, and the different methods to scale workloads. Organizations have just three options to choose from, but it's no easy decision.

Table Of Contents

  • AWS gets reactive with Auto Scaling
  • With AWS CloudFront, it's a matter of content
  • Deciding on a cloud scaling method? Do your homework