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Elastic Beanstalk, CloudWatch Application Insights news; Build on AWS announced

Jess Alvarez
Jess Alvarez

What’s new with AWS this week? In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know around AWS from the past seven days, including CloudWatch Application Insights gaining some new functionality, Elastic Beanstalk now supports dynamic instance types, and Build on AWS for startups is announced.

Want to know more? Read on!


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New functionality for CloudWatch Application Insights

Simplicity is the name of the game for CloudWatch with this additional functionality! New auto-discovery of applications and resources in your account with or without a resource group make setting up monitoring the easiest it’s ever been.

Once you set it up, a new summary dashboard is provided showing an overview of the application monitoring setup AND the health status of the same. This dashboard boasts summaries of the monitored assets, telemetry, components, and any issues found all in one view.

Speaking of simplicity brings me to my next tidbit…

Elastic Beanstalk now supports dynamic instance types

Beanstalkers rejoice! Elastic Beanstalk now supports, drumroll please . . . DYNAMIC INSTANCE TYPE SELECTION!

Elastic Beanstalk, the deploying and autoscaling web applications service, will now automatically include ALL compatible instance types for you to run your application. This allows you to choose the best instance type to optimize your application’s performance.

THAT is cause for celebration . . . which brings me to our final reason for celebration today.

Introducing “Build on AWS” for startups

Build on AWS will change the game for startups. This new offering is a collection of infrastructure templates and architectures covering a variety of solutions built by experts at AWS to meet AWS best practices and geared specifically at startups.

CloudFormation templates are deployable with a single click and reference architectures contain a diagram of the architecture that can be replicated.

There are basic and personalized solutions. Some of the basic solutions include Hosting a WordPress Website on Amazon Lightsail and Building a Data Processing API using Serverless options. You can search through the solution options by use-case or services used. And, if that wasn’t awesome enough, every template is ready for production traffic. You do need to have access to the AWS Activate Console to utilize this feature, so don’t forget to apply for it.

Thank you so much for watching! Keep being awesome cloud gurus and we’ll see you next time!

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