AWS management app released for Android
New app allows checking in on EC2 instances on the go, while web console gets much-needed makeover.
Having started out with
raw APIs and command-line tools, AWS’ management tools have become
increasingly sophisticated, with the launch of a
web-based console in 2009.
Last Friday, AWS launched an Android app for those needing to check in on their servers on the go, and at the same time gave the standard web console a tablet-friendly lick of paint.
The app, which is free to download, isn’t designed to be a full replacement for the web console, instead allowing basic management of existing EC2 instances and of CloudWatch alarms, Amazon’s programmable monitoring service. AWS service charges and overall service status is available, too.
It’s presumably laying the groundwork for a more fully-fledged app allowing for mobile monitoring of the precious servers, and the blog post states that they “plan to add support for additional services very quickly”. However, reviewers on Google Play have been quick to point out that the app lacks SSH support and, being a web app in a native wrapper, acts a little sluggish.
As for iOS, there’s a vague promise of support for “mobile devices running other operating systems” – but then, considering that Amazon’s flagship Kindle Fire tablet runs Android, it may not be worth holding your breath. Of course, with the AWS API still open, there are plenty of third-party management apps to choose from instead.
Less exciting, but perhaps more useful, is the upgrading of the AWS web console in response to customer feedback. This includes a customizable menu, inline resource summaries for easier comparison and a larger Monitoring View for graphs. The interface refresh also takes into account the growing number of tablet users, and so features large Bootstrap-style buttons and support for endless scrolling.