Amazon EC2 launches Web-based management console

Amazon EC2 launches Web-based management console

Summary: Amazon Web Services announced a Web-based management console for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.According to Amazon's Web Services blog, the console allows you to access your environment with a user name or password.

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Amazon Web Services announced a Web-based management console for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.

According to Amazon's Web Services blog, the console allows you to access your environment with a user name or password. It adds:

No more certificates or public/secret keys to manage! If you’re like me, I never seem to have my own computer at hand when I need to check the status of the Amazon EC2 farm, or for that matter when I need to launch a new instance. It’s a lot easier to log in with a username and password than to use those same credentials to retrieve my keys, configure Firefox (if it’s even on the borrowed computer) and then log in.

Cloud Ave notes that's Amazon's love for usernames and passwords are a security risk, but you can't argue the ease of use. Personally, I wouldn't want my infrastructure riding on a username and password--they are too easy to break. Give me those complicated secret keys.

Amazon has also added a few other bells and whistles with AJAX and added that it will begin to layer other user interface tweaks on top of its services.

Also see: Migrating to Amazon Web Services: The blueprint

Topics: Software, Amazon, Browser, Cloud, Enterprise Software

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  • Elasticfox?

    While this is good news for hard core IE users we've been really impressed with Elasticfox, a Firefox extension for interacting with Amazon EC2.

    We've been using this for a while to manage our EC2 usage while building out a Silverlight 2 collaboration application called colaab.

    Bob

    http://colaab.com
    Bobaaa21
  • The Year of the Cloud?

    IT Folks ought not give AWS the queer eye, especially given the dire economic forcast for 2009.

    If there is a way for an Enterprise/SMB to achieve cost reduction and gain efficiencies by employing AWS then that will be the fuel that propels AWS forward.

    Don't' live on your laurels. Be wise and learn where AWS potentially fits into your organization. It may save your job! ;)

    Dietrich T. Schmitz
    [url=http://www.dtschmitz.com/dts/blog/]Linux IT Consultant[/url]
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  • RE: Amazon EC2 launches Web-based management console

    As an AWS customer, I feel heartened by this investment on Amazon???s part because it emphasizes their commitment to commoditize AWS and make its services widely usable. The AWS services will become cheaper as usage ramps up on the commoditization curve.

    http://sharevm.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/web-based-ec2-console-alternative-to-elasticfox/
    paule1s