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Amazon improves EC2 with automatic failover and details their billing reports

Amazon improves one of their biggest “weak points” and with that comes towards their customers. It’s about the failover for individual EC2 instances. Typically, a customer must take care themselves to ensure that a new EC2 instance boots up, when a running fails. Amazon has now optimized its infrastructure and introduces automatic failover for EC2 instances. Furthermore there are more detailed information on the bills.

Automatic failover for Amazon EC2

As an Amazon customer it is not easy to build your own infrastructure in the AWS cloud. For the promised high availability in public cloud computing it is necessary that the customer ensures that for themselves, which many users have not been implemented.

Amazon comes towards their customers now and extends its Auto Scaling function with the Amazon EC2 status checks. That means, when an instance in an Auto Scaling group becomes unreachable and fails a status check, it will be replaced automatically.

As Amazon writes, it is not necessary to take any action to begin using EC2 status checks in Auto Scaling groups. Auto Scaling already incorporates these checks as part of the periodic health checks it already performs.

More details within the invoices

Furthermore new detailed billing reports give access to new reports which include hourly line items of the Amazon infrastructure.

By Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.

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