Amazon Web Services launched a new service this week called Elastic Beanstalk, which is designed to make it easier for developers to quickly deploy and manage applications on the Amazon cloud.

The company said with Elastic Beanstalk developers need to simply upload their application, and the system will automatically configure basic requirements such as capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling and application health monitoring.

“We’d been grappling with how to simplify application deployment and management on AWS without removing the flexibility and control our customers have come to expect,” Adam Selipsky, vice president of Amazon Web Services (AWS) said in a statement. “Once we started exploring the mental model of customers being able to ‘open the hood’ to tinker with the infrastructure management themselves, a light bulb went off and we realized we didn’t have to make this ‘either/or’ decision.”

Once developers upload their application to Elastic Beanstalk using tools provided by AWS, the application can then be accessed using a customized URL. The system provides developers with features to choose how much automation or control of the application environment they require.

Other features of the service include: 

  • Capability to automatically select the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type that matches the CPU and memory requirements of the application.
  • The ability to log-in to Amazon EC2 instances for troubleshooting.
  • The ability to access CloudWatch monitoring services and to receive notifications on application health and other events.

Amazon said there is no additional charge for Elastic Beanstalk – customers are billed for the underlying hosting and storage services.

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