AWS Systems Manager

Gain Operational Insights and Take Action on AWS Resources

AWS Systems Manager gives you visibility and control of your infrastructure on AWS. Systems Manager provides a unified user interface so you can view operational data from multiple AWS services and allows you to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources. With Systems Manager, you can group resources, like Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3 buckets, or Amazon RDS instances, by application, view operational data for monitoring and troubleshooting, and take action on your groups of resources. Systems Manager simplifies resource and application management, shortens the time to detect and resolve operational problems, and makes it easy to operate and manage your infrastructure securely at scale.

Benefits

Shorten the Time to Detect Problems

AWS Systems Manager helps you quickly view operational data for groups of resources, so you can quickly identify any issues that might impact applications that use those resources. Resources can be grouped by applications, application layers, production versus development environments, or anything else you choose. Systems Manager presents the operational data for your resource groups in a single, easy to read dashboard so you don't have to navigate to other AWS consoles. For example, if you have an application that uses Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon RDS, you can use Systems Manager to create a resource group for the application and easily see the software installed on your Amazon EC2 instances, any changes in your Amazon S3 objects, or database instances that have stopped.

Easy to Use Automation

AWS Systems Manager allows you to automate operational actions to help make your teams more efficient. You can automate maintenance and deployment tasks on Amazon EC2 and on-premises instances, or automatically apply patches, updates, and configuration changes across any resource group. Systems Manager provides predefined automation documents for common operational tasks, such as stopping and restarting an EC2 instance, that you can customize to your own specific use cases. Systems Manager also has built-in safety controls, allowing you to incrementally roll out new changes and automatically halt the roll-out when errors occur.

Improve Visibility and Control

AWS Systems Manager helps you easily understand and control the current state of your resource groups. With Systems Manager, you can view detailed system configurations, operating system patch levels, software installations, application configurations, and other details about your environment through the Systems Manager dashboard. Systems Manager is integrated with AWS Config so you can easily view changes across your resources as they occur over time.

Manage Hybrid Environments

With AWS Systems Manager, you can manage servers running on AWS and in your on-premises data center through a single interface. Systems Manager securely communicates with a lightweight agent installed on your servers to execute management tasks. This helps you manage resources for Windows and Linux operating systems running on Amazon EC2 or on-premises.

Maintain Security and Compliance

AWS Systems Manager helps maintain security and compliance by scanning your instances against your patch, configuration, and custom policies. You can define patch baselines, maintain up-to-date anti-virus definitions, and enforce firewall policies. You can also remotely manage your servers at scale without manually logging in to each server. Systems Manager also provides a centralized store to manage your configuration data, whether its plain text, such as database strings, or secrets, such as passwords. This allows you to separate your secrets and configuration data from code.

How it works

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