Deploying and maintaining large numbers of servers, both virtual and on-premise, can be challenging, costly and time-consuming. With this in mind, Amazon have created Amazon EC2 Systems Manager to manage all your server instances in one powerful management service.
Amazon EC2 Systems Manager is a collection of AWS (Amazon Web Services) tools that makes automated configuration and ongoing management of server instances at scale quick and inexpensive. With the management service it is now even easier to leverage the scale and power of Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud).
With the management service you can handle patching systems, configuration management and task automation all within the one toolset. And for companies wanting to start moving into the cloud, the management service is designed to give you access to the scale and agility of the cloud but also extend into your on-premise data centre.
Key benefits of Amazon EC2 Systems Manager
Hybrid server management
One of the key features of the management service is the fact it allows you to manage your server instances on AWS and also your servers sitting in your on-premise data centres all from within the one tool.
Through a single interface you can configure different operating systems within the EC2 environment (Windows and Linux) and on your data centre platforms (VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and others).
Leverage the scalability of AWS and EC2
Take advantage of cloud-based supercomputing on demand with Amazon EC2. Obtain virtual servers quickly and inexpensively and easily resize your server instances if your business or application requirements change.
With Amazon EC2 you pay only for what you use. When you're done using your instances simply stop them and then you stop paying for them.
Improved visibility and automated configurationEC2 Systems Manager makes it easier to manage systems at scale. You can quickly understand how many machines you are running and what the patch levels of those machines are. Using the Patch Manager you can schedule patch rollouts and instance reboots. The State Manager enables you to control configuration details such as antivirus settings.
There can be significant overhead with deploying multiple products. With the management service complexity is reduced because you are handling licensing and compliance in one location.
By running on Amazon Web Services and managing your instances using the service you can reduce operational overhead and spend less running & maintaining data centres. Ultimately by using virtual servers you can expect to reduce your TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
In summary the EC2 Systems Manager lets you manage in the cloud & on-premise, across different operating systems, in a secure environment where you can easily schedule administrative tasks and implement automation. And the service is free - you only pay for the resources that you manage.
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