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Jeff Barr

Author: Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.

Elastic Load Balancer Health Checks

Auto Scaling can now take advantage of the instance health information collected by the associated Elastic Load Balancer. Specifically, once a load balancer determines that an instance is unhealthy (using the health checks that were established when the load balancer was created), Auto Scaling can be instructed to terminate the unhealthy instances and to launch […]

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Amazon CloudWatch Alarms

The new CloudWatch Alarms feature allows you to watch CloudWatch metrics and to receive notifications when the metrics fall outside of the levels (high or low thresholds) that you configure. You can attach multiple Alarms to each metric and each one can have multiple actions. Here’s how they relate to each other: A CloudWatch Alarm […]

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Auto Scaling Suspend/Resume

The development team likes to call this feature the “Big Red Button.” You can use CloudWatch’s Auto Scaling feature to scale your EC2 capacity up and down according to conditions that you define. You do this by creating an AutoScaling Group and attaching a trigger to it. A trigger uses CloudWatch Alarms to reference a […]

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Auto Scaling Follow the Line

Perhaps you expect a lot of traffic as part of a planned announcement and you want to increase the size of your EC2 fleet just ahead of your press release. Maybe your site is busy once a day because you have a daily deal or a daily special, or only on weekends when people are […]

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Auto Scaling Policies

The new release of Auto Scaling gives you better control over the policies used to modify the number of EC2 instances running in one of your AutoScaling groups. Auto Scaling now emits metrics for each AutoScalingGroup. You can use CloudWatch to monitor your group size, instances being launched and terminated, and other group activity. Policies […]

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Amazon Linux AMI 2010.11.1 Released

We have released a new version of the Amazon Linux AMI. The new version includes new features, security fixes, package updates, and additional packages. The AWS Management Console will be updated to use these AMIs in the near future. Users of the existing Amazon Linux AMI can access the package additions and updates through our […]

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New Whitepapers on Cloud Migration: Migrating Your Existing Applications to the AWS Cloud

Developers and architects looking to build new applications in the cloud can simply design the components, processes and workflow for their solution, employ the APIs of the cloud of their choice, and leverage the latest cloud-based best practices for design, development, testing and deployment. In choosing to deploy their solutions in a cloud-based infrastructure like […]

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AWS Start-Up Challenge 2010 Finalists

Here are the finalists for this year’s AWS Start-Up Challenge. They have been invited to Silicon Valley for the finale on December 8th where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, and additional goodies such as a year of AWS Premium Support at no charge and some […]

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AWS Customer Satisfaction Survey for 2010

As you may know, strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. As I’ve said (again and again and again) customer feedback is really important to us and we do everything possible to gather it. Could I ask you to take 10-15 minutes to fill out the AWS Customer Satisfaction Survey? It will help us […]

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