AWS DevOps Blog

Category: How-To

Using New Relic to monitor applications on AWS OpsWorks

A good practice for maintaining highly available applications is to monitor the metrics that impact performance and service levels. AWS OpsWorks includes built-in integration with 14 Amazon CloudWatch metrics, including load, CPU and memory, but you may also want to monitor other metrics such as disk space utilization or application-level metrics such as error rates. […]

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View CloudFormation Logs in the Console

Background AWS CloudFormation simplifies provisioning and management on AWS. You can templatize the service and application architectures you want, and have CloudFormation use the templates for quick and reliable provisioning of the services or applications as ‘stacks’. You can also easily update or replicate the stacks as needed. Inside the CloudFormation templates, you can configure the […]

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Using Amazon CloudWatch Logs with AWS OpsWorks

It is often useful to be able to store log files in a central place for easy access and reporting. Amazon CloudWatch Logs is a new service that is designed to help you monitor, store, and access your system, application, and custom log files from Amazon EC2 instances. For example, you can monitor application logs […]

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Locally Packaging Gem Dependencies for Ruby Applications in Elastic Beanstalk

Today’s guest post is by Charlie Crawford, a developer on the Elastic Beanstalk team. The Puma Ruby 2 container has a built-in feature to detect locally installed gems. This feature is easy to use, ensures that your production environment is using the same gems as your development environment, and helps your application deploy faster. Although this […]

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Build and Deploy a Federated Web Identity application with AWS Elastic Beanstalk and Login with Amazon.

Today’s post comes from Sebastien, Technical Trainer for AWS. Based in Luxembourg, he helps our customers and partners gain proficiency with AWS services and solutions. You can follow him on Twitter @sebsto. This article describes why and how your applications can take advantage of Web Identity Federation and how to deploy such applications on Elastic Beanstalk. In […]

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Dockerizing a Python Web App

A few weeks ago Elastic Beanstalk announced support for deploying and managing Docker containers in the AWS cloud. In this post we’ll walk through Dockerizing a simple signup form web app originally written for the Elastic Beanstalk Python environment. About the Signup Form App We built and blogged about this app a few months ago. […]

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Customizing AWS OpsWorks with Attributes

There are a number of ways to customize Amazon EC2 instances using AWS OpsWorks. In a previous blog we demonstrated some easy ways to customize OpsWorks by writing your own recipes. In this blog we’re going to show how to use Chef attributes to customize recipes. Chef attributes are input parameters to Chef recipes. The […]

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Part 5: Develop, Deploy, and Manage for Scale with Elastic Beanstalk and CloudFormation

RDS Read Replicas and ElastiCache: Bolting Jet Engines onto our Elastic Beanstalk App Welcome to the 5th (and final!) part of this 5-part series. Today we’ll talk about performance optimizations we made to our application, and we’ll do all of this in the context of a real load test that simulates actual customers using the […]

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Part 4: Develop, Deploy, and Manage for Scale with Elastic Beanstalk and CloudFormation

Today’s Topic: Scaling Storage and Transcoding with Amazon S3 and Elastic Transcoder Welcome to the 4th part of this 5-part series where we’ll cover best-practices and practical tips & tricks for developing, deploying, and managing a web application with an eye for application performance and operational efficiency using AWS CloudFormation and Elastic Beanstalk. This week […]

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Part 3: Develop, Deploy, and Manage for Scale with Elastic Beanstalk and CloudFormation

Today’s Topic: Application Config and Regional Portability with AWS Elastic Beanstalk Welcome to the 3rd part of this 5-part series where we’ll cover best-practices and practical tips & tricks for developing, deploying, and managing a web application with an eye for application performance and operational efficiency using AWS CloudFormation and Elastic Beanstalk. We’ll introduce a […]

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