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Tools to use in the Cloud (Revised)

By John | February 4, 2009

Last week I attended an AWS Bootcamp and I realized there were not a a lot of good resources for what to do after you learn how to work with the AWS API’s. A lot of questions in the class were focused around, “How to you cluster and auto scale? I decided to put together a starter list of tools that are being used in the cloud. I have not worked directly with all of these tools, so this is not an endorsement of their use. You will have to do the research for which tools work best for you. However, if you have experience with one versus an other please feel free to comment. I have some early favorites and I will start creating more links for this.

AWS API Wrappers

Configuration Management

Configuration Automation

Server inventory and classification tools

Application LifeCycle

Auto Scaling


Topics: cloudtools, other | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Tools to use in the Cloud (Revised)”

  1. Stu Says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Not open source, but Splunk is fantastic and well worth the price IMO. Elastra bundles it with our current components for diagnosis and likely will enhance it’s exposure down the road…

  2. John Says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Agree… Actually Cloudscale is not open source neither… What topic do I put it under (Log Management)?

  3. George Reese Says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    enStratus manages your web application/database clusters regardless of the underlying programming language. Extending its behavior is done in Python, but not generally required at any significant level.

  4. Steve Loughran Says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Typica seems a better Java library for the EC2 API than the amazon code; Reslet has support for the S3 authentication mechanism.

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  8. Shane Brauner Says:
    December 11th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Check out 10gen ( to handle your platform needs – everything below the app layer is handled by the platform so the developer doesn’t need to worry about scaling and such. Javascript, Python, and Ruby will be the first supported languages.

  9. Jason Meiers Says:
    February 5th, 2009 at 4:14 am

    i would also recommend RubySophic. Some of the guys from IBM WebSphere deep dive monitoring have got together to build this tool.