Reach for the Cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Automation - AutoMate 8 Tour -- Part 1

by Dustin Snell, in CEO Corner, posted 12/9/10
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The Cloud

We all have heard of the cloud and what it's going to enable us to do. We have even heard about certain tools that will enable effective management of cloud services in real-time. The question we at Network Automation asked is: "What is the proper role of automation software with regard to the cloud?"  Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that the best way to approach the cloud would be to continue to operate on-premise, since most resources still exist there, but to extend into the cloud by enabling unattended management, integration and automation of cloud-based services.

A Little History

Automating Internet-connected services is nothing new to AutoMate. For many years we have supported the most popular standardized protocols to access services, including HTTP, SOAP Web Services, FTP, Exchange, IMAP, POP3, and even Twitter. But we know that the cloud is something different. The cloud involves enabling computing resources available on-demand, when you need it, exactly how you need it... And what could be more suited to this role than your automation platform?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) are a collection of remote computing services (also called web services) that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by Amazon.com. The most central and well-known of these services are Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.

Until now, automating Amazon Web Services (AWS) required complicated programming using .NET, PHP or Java. For those of you that have chosen AWS as your cloud platform, we are pleased to announce that AWS will now be fully automate-able using AutoMate's famous "No Code, No Limits" approach, starting with Version 8.

 

AWS actions as the appear in the AM8 Available Actions

 

A comprehensive set of new actions will allow complete control of nearly everything that is currently only able to be accomplished manually using the available tools provided by Amazon. We can't begin to image how our innovative users will choose to use this functionality but here are a few automation possibilities:

-Provisioning of new Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances as needed

-Automatic start/stop of failover instances

The EC2 action is a part of the AWS Actions in AutoMate 8. Launch instance is just one of many activities in this action.
"Launch Instance" is only one of many activities included in the EC2 action.

-Transfer of files to and from to Simple Storage Service (S3)

S3 action is a part of the new AWS actions in AutoMate 8.
The new S3 action allows manipulation of objects on a S3 instance.

 

-Simple Queue Service (SQS) updates for application data interchange

Screenshot of SQS Action in AutoMate 8
The SQS action allows sending and receiving data to a SQS queue.

 

-Database queries to and from Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) or SimpleDB.

Screenshot of the RDS action in AutoMate 8.
The RDS action allows management of RDS database instances. Queries are accomplished via the standard query action.

 

The bottom line: We believe cloud computing resources are as important to your organization as on-premise and this is the beginning of our expression of that commitment. As you move to cloud-based applications and infrastructure, AutoMate will move with you, allowing you to control, integrate and automate those resources just as though they were on-premise.

If you are new to AWS and are wondering what kind of benefits it could bring to your business, you can read about it at http://aws.amazon.com

Our Commitment to You -- Complete Automation, Depth of Functionality

Many vendors implement only token features so that their marketing department can position a feature as "supported". Here at Network Automation, we take a different approach by embracing technology thoughtfully and completely. Nearly the entire AWS feature-set has been encapsulated in a way that even many real-time management tools have not yet done, allowing complete automation of nearly all functionality currently found in AWS. For serious automation, AutoMate is the platform you can rely on for cloud-based, on-premise or a mix of the two -- with the depth of functionality that eliminates the need for code.

Only the Beginning

This is part one of an in-depth tour of the various new features found in AutoMate 8. Stay tuned for more.

Check out other installments of the AutoMate 8 tour:

  1. Part 1: Reach for the Cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Automation
  2. Part 2: Automate VMware
  3. Part 3: Automate SharePoint Without Code

Pricing and Availability

AutoMate 8 is currently available for purchase at www.networkautomation.com. The software is also available for a 30-day, 100 percent free trial through Network Automation. This and other innovative new functionality in AutoMate 8 will be made available automatically to customers with an active maintenance subscription.

AutoMate and the "No Code, No Limits" phrase are registered trademarks of Network Automation, Inc. All other marks are trademarks of their respective holders.