Webinar: Architecture best practices to optimally leverage elastic beanstalk and cloud formation


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One of the pain points with migrating your app to the cloud is that while it's pretty easy to setup a server in the cloud and load up your software, the basic setup usually won't scale over time. As a result your developers end up spending time managing the scalability and availability and creating solutions around the same, or you end up outsourcing and paying to manage this.

New age services such as Amazon Web Services, BeanStalk and CloudFormation, address these pain points by providing environments and tools which automatically handles the capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling and application health monitoring etc, while allowing us to retain full control over the AWS resources and giving system administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly fashion.

So are these services cost competitive as compared to outsourcing the management of your infrastructure to some PAAS provider? Do these services support any technology stack? Do they support any and all the architectures that your apps implement? What are the optimal architectures that your applications should implement to leverage these services to their fullest?

This webinar gives the answers to these questions and to discuss how your apps could leverage various services to achieve max elasticity and availability to your application, allowing applications to handle peaks in demand, while you are not forced to pay for resources you don't need.

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Webinar: Architecture best practices to optimally leverage elastic beanstalk and cloud formation

  1. 1. Architecture Best Practices to optimally leverage Elastic Beanstalk and CloudFormation! www.compassitesinc.com Copyright © 2005 -2012 Compassites Copyright © 2012
  2. 2. Agenda• Introduction• What is Cloud?• Platform As A Service (PaaS)• Offerings of PAAS• AWS Elastic BeanStalk Cloud Computing• AWS CloudFormation• Typical enterprise application architectures & Limitations• Optimal enterprise architecture and advantages• Q&A
  3. 3. Introduction: Compassites
  4. 4. Introduction: Speakers Girish Karachiwala Yatin Kulkarni Head Of Technology Chief Architect – Cloud Computing Compassites Software Solutions Pvt Ltd Compassites Software Solutions Pvt LtdGirish is Head of Technology at Yatin is Chief Architect – Cloud ComputingCompassites. In his 14 years of experience at Compassites. With over 17 years ofin IT industry and his passion about creating hands-on experience in architecting andsimple and innovative technology solutions implementing internet, intranet, andto complex business problems, Girish has desktop enterprise applications for clientsprovided enterprise level, high end technical in United States, Europe, Africa, Far East,solutions for various problems in business and Middle East. Over the last four yearsdomains including pharmaceutical, banking Yatin has been focusing on applyingand finance, securities, insurance, customer various cloud technologies to domainsrelationship management, mortgage, social such as Map Data Management and andnetworking and statistical data management Enterprise Content Management.to customers across the globe.
  5. 5. What is Cloud? Cloud Computing Cloud computing is the use of computingPaaS SaaS resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). IaaS Software as a Service (SaaS) Application Software in the cloud .. e,.g: Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365, Google apps Platform as a Service (PaaS) Computing Platform: OS, execution environments, DB, application servers .. e,.g: Force.com, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, Google App Engine, Windows Azure Compute, Cloud Foundry, Engineyard Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Servers, Virtual Machines, Storage, Firewall, Load Balancer, Network e.g. AWS – EC2, Rackspace cloud, Datapipe, Windows Azure VMs
  6. 6. Platform as a Service (PaaS)The whole spectrum of cloud based tools and services to be utilized by web applicationdevelopers could be categorized as a PaaS. An alternative to the traditional way of acquiring the hardware and software upfront, developing web applications using desktop development tools, and then manually deploy those applications to a hosting provider, and then manage and maintain the capacity and scalability of the same yourself.PaaS typically offers faster, more cost effective, cloud based, computing platform for developers,typically including operating system, programming language execution environment, database,and web or application server. It could also include software lifecycle management tools and services like configuration management to continuous integration and release process. Developers can focus on application expertise for their business, not managing complex hardware and software infrastructure, configuration and release management.e.g: CloudFoundry, Amazon BeanStalk, Force.com, Google App Engine
  7. 7. PaaS Limitations• Vendor Lock-in – Costing model changes, shifts in technology, add-on services.• Existing apps may not confirm to vendor specifications, best practices dictated by vendor.• Runtime limitations – versions of software/ frameworks your applications need, might not be supported.• Add-on limitations – Your application might need add-ons which might not be supported.• Operational limitations – You might loose control on infrastructure, you may not be able to customize your builds, or debug deployments.
  8. 8. Paas OfferingsAmazon Web Services is leading the innovation, in PaaS, with its innovativeofferings, which could be used as building blocks for a modern web application.e.g:• Amazon RDS• Amazon ElastiCache• Amazon DynamoDb• AWS Identity Management• Amazon Simple Queue Services• Amazon Simple Workflow Services• AWS Marketplace• AWS Elastic BeanStalk• AWS CloudFormation
  9. 9. AWS Elastic BeanSalkAWS Elastic Beanstalk is an even easier way for you to quickly deploy and manageapplications in the AWS cloud. You simply upload your application, and ElasticBeanstalk automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning,load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.At the same time, with Elastic Beanstalk, you retain full control over the AWSresources powering your application and can access the underlying resources atany time.It leverages AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon SimpleNotification Service, Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling to deliver the samehighly reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure.You retain full control over the AWS resources powering your application. If youdecide you want to take over some (or all) of the elements of their infrastructure,you can do so seamlessly by using Elastic Beanstalks management capabilities.
  10. 10. AWS CloudFormationAWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way tocreate and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updatingthem in an orderly and predictable fashion.You can use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create your own templatesto describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtimeparameters, required to run your application.Once deployed, you can modify and update the AWS resources in a controlled andpredictable way allowing you to version control your AWS infrastructure in the sameway as you version control your software.
  11. 11. Typical Enterprise Application Architecture
  12. 12. Limitations• Larger VM instances are required due to monolithic nature of deployable components.
  13. 13. Optimal Architecture
  14. 14. Best Practices• Modularize your web components based on expected usage patterns• Externalize session management via the use of an in- memory object cache• Provide read-only access to business object model entities via a separate persistence unit
  15. 15. Q&A
  16. 16. Thank YouOfficesBangalorePuneDover Online Email : info@compassitesinc.com Web : www.compassitesinc.com