AWS cloud management comes to Android

News James Stirling Jan 7, 2013
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Mobile app allows remote management of EC2 instances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a new management console app to help IT pros manage their cloud deployments from their smartphones.

Administrators can use the app, which is only available on Android, to view a summary of their EC2 instances, CloudWatch alarms, and the AWS Service Health status, and can stop or reboot instances.

AWS said the app is intended as a companion to the standard web-based Management Console, which has also been updated.

The web services giant said it has focused on increased customisation of the portal, such as allowing users to introduce shortcuts to the services they use the most, and also includes an update to the interface design to make it accesible to tablet users.

Additionally, AWS has added inline summaries, allowing administrators to compare resources at a glance rather than manually flick between the two.

The company has said the improvements will be rolled out across the different AWS services on “slightly different schedules”, but did not indicate what those schedules were. However, users commenting on the blog post announcing the update claimed the Management Console is already available on tablets.

Not all commenters were impressed with the news the smartphone app would only be available to Android users, with several calling for the company to add support for iOS devices as well.

An AWS spokesperson told Cloud Pro, "We plan to add support for additional services very quickly and we are also planning to support mobile devices running other operating systems."