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Migrate your Linux application to the Amazon cloud, Part 4: Conquering administrative challenges

Nov 07, 2010, 11:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean A. Walberg)

"Summary: Up to now, you have moved your application to the cloud and can enable and disable resources automatically in response to demand. In this article, the fourth in a series on migrating a Linux application to the Amazon cloud, learn how to keep this changing environment under control so that it supports your application and business.

"You migrated the SmallPayroll.ca application to the Amazon cloud in part 1 of this series and made it more robust in part 2. The application can even add and remove servers on its own, depending on load, as you saw in Part 3. It's now likely that at any given time, the numbers and IP addresses of the active servers cannot be predicted, which makes connecting to them a challenge. As a result, the cloud environment is different from a traditional data center.

"The dynamic nature of the cloud also makes application deployment difficult. Your list of servers will be different between deployments, so how do you update the application? For that matter, how do you monitor your servers for faults?"

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