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Keeping Track of Your Amazon AWS Products

03.06.2013
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I guess you have noticed that the whole field of IT infrastructure has changed and is still changing significantly with the opportunities that the cloud is offering. Especially Amazon with its AWS is acting as a frontrunner in this (new) market. They make it very easy to ‘create/set up’ the infrastructure you need at a certain moment. There is also a downside with this situation. Because it is so easy to set up new infrastructures there is the risk that (parts of) the infrastructure stays in place although it is no longer necessary. Another risk could be that because it is so easy to create stuff you might create (much) more then you actually need. Recently two products came to my attention that can help you in these situation (and offer a lot more). The first product is supplied by Amazon itself and is called ‘AWS Trusted Advisor‘. The other product is CloudCheckr. Currently both products are in beta and free to use so this would be a great time to compare the products and see which one you prefer.

Of course I did a quick comparison myself. I like the dashboard of CloudCheckr: it gives a great overview of all your products and which items can be improved (with explanation why).

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The part that I like about the Trusted Advisor is the graphical representation of how your products are doing on cost optimization, security, fault tolerance and performance. You can see in one view the total status:

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So which one is better? I know you don’t want to hear this but I can’t say (yet). I just scratched the surface of both products but since they are both in beta and currently free this is the time to dive into them and give them a more thorough look. If you prefer one solution over the other please let me know.

 

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