Amazon offers more cloud control

Company's cloud-computing arm unveils the public beta for three features to help users monitor cloud resources, adjust capacity, and balance traffic loads.

Amazon.com's cloud-computing arm has added new features to help users monitor cloud resources, adjust capacity, and balance traffic loads.

In an announcement Monday, Amazon Web Services unveiled a public beta of the three new features: the CloudWatch monitoring service, Auto Scaling for on-demand capacity adjustments, and Elastic Load Balancing for redistributing traffic.

The new features are available immediately to users in the U.S., according to a company blog, with availability in Europe set to follow in the next few months.

"You can use these services to make your...applications perform better without sacrificing application control, freedom of development, choice of tools, speed of deployment, or any other kind of flexibility," according to the blog post.

For the past three years, Amazon Web Services has been offering on-demand computing and storage through its Elastic Cloud Compute service, known as EC2, and its Simple Storage Service, known as S3. The company says it deals with 80,000 work requests per second and stores 52 billion objects.

Toby Wolpe of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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