The Agility Platform has supported using Amazon Web Services to provision and deploy instances for several years. Due to the popularity of AWS, we are working toward providing a deeper integration with their offerings. As Amazon has expanded it’s offering to include more features and functionality, CSC has followed along with support for many of those features based on customer demand. We recently announced support for Amazon Route 53 and Amazon RDS.
Amazon ELB is one of the service offerings on Amazon’s cloud computing platform. Amazon ELB automatically distributes incoming traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. Think of it this way: http://www.Google.com, http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.Microsoft.com, http://www.Fidelity.com, etc. all have websites that can have high traffic volumes, as well as geographically dispersed end users. To have a consistent end user experience as the amount of simultaneous users goes up on a web server, the CPU and Disk utilization go up, and end user response time goes up (i.e., web pages take long to load). In turn, additional instances of the web server are provisioned within the cluster.
Load Balancers (Amazon ELB) are used to spread traffic across the cluster of web servers, or to redirect users to a more “local” instance of the web server. They also fail users over to other web servers in the event of some type of instance or regional outage. (Think High Availability (HA) for this last example.)
As you can see, Load Balancers are an important requirement for a complete solution. With the Agility Platform, you can set up a Blueprint for the Service offering (i.e., CRM, SAP, Payroll, etc.) with specific requirements around networking, firewall, storage, database … and Load Balancers.
As you can imagine, there is a long list of ways Amazon ELB can be used in a Blueprint in the Agility Platform. From a high-level perspective, here is a subset of features supported with the integration:
- Provisioning and release of the ELB Service.
- Health checking of workloads connected to ELB.
- Ability to configure security groups for ELB to control the traffic allowed to and from instances.
- Cross Zone load balancing
- Ability to apply “create” and “design time” dependencies between other services (i.e., Amazon Route 53) and workloads
Please refer to the release notes for more details on features and functionality.
Customers who have the Agility Platform installed within their own data center(s) can upgrade to the newest version of Agility and/or updated adapters. Please refer to the documentation to review which versions of the Agility Platform the Adapters have been certified against; an upgrade of Agility may be required.
For customers using CSC managed cloud offerings, such as BizCloud or CSC Hybrid Cloud, discuss this update with your account representative. Those CSC Services follow a separate schedule for updating the platform and the unique services they provide.
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