AWS License Manager
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This section provides detail on the AWS management services relevant to the Solution Architect Associate exam. These services are used to help you audit, monitor and evaluate your AWS infrastructure and resources.  These management services form a core component of running resilient and performant architectures. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of using AWS CloudWatch and audit logs to manage your infrastructure
  • Learn how to record and track API requests using AWS CloudTrail
  • Learn what AWS Config is and its components
  • Manage your accounts with AWS Organizations, including single sign-on with AWS SSO
  • Learn how to carry out logging with CloudWatch, CloudTrail, CloudFront, and VPC Flow Logs
  • Understand how to design cost-optimized architectures in AWS
  • Learn about AWS data transformation tools such as AWS Glue and data visualization services like Amazon Athena and QuickSight

Managing licenses in the cloud can become a headache for both asset managers and auditors. AWS License Manager has been designed to make the management and control of licenses with third party vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and IBM when they are used both in the cloud and on-premises. It supports and tracks any software where the licensing agreement is set against virtual cores, VCPUs, physical cores, sockets, or a number of machines. AWS License Manager enables you to create license configurations which are made of multiple customizable rules that can be centered around the stipulations made by your different licensing agreements. These different rule types can include license counting type and this defines how your licenses are counted, by vCPU or physical core. Minimum and maximum allowed number of vCPUS or physical cores. This is dependent on the previous rule and the counting type but it essentially sets a threshold value for vCPUs or physical cores. License count, this specifies the number of licenses used within the license configuration. License count hard limit, when I hard limit is set it will block the launch of an instance that would make a breach of license amount. If you set a soft limit it will allow the launch of the instance however it will send a notification alert of the issue. Allowed tenancy, here you can specify which EC2 tenancy can consume a license with the configuration such as shared tenancy, which is the default, dedicated instance or dedicated host. 

These rules are evaluated against your EC2 computer resources based on the software running on them to assess if your environment has reached its licensing limits on your EC2 instances. AWS License Manager is currently supported and integrated with EC2 instances, dedicated instances, dedicated hosts, spot instances, spot fleets, and also auto-scaling groups. The customized rules help to minimize licensing breaches and depending on the configuration the EC2 instance can be prevented from being launched if there is a breach or it can send notifications to the appropriate team informing them of the limitations. AWS License Manager is integrated with AWS Systems Manager and AWS Organizations, allowing you to monitor your license requirements across multiple AWS accounts, plus on-premise environments. This allows you to monitor your licenses for your software vendors via a single account in the dashboard view. In addition to this, if you purchase resources from AWS Marketplace then you can also integrate Bring Your Own License to AWS License Manager as well. 

So in essence, AWS License Manager provides a means of addressing, tracking, monitoring and managing licenses in a centralized location for on-premises and multi account AWS environments across multiple third party vendors using customized rules. 

That brings me to the end of this lecture. Next I will be looking at Amazon Elastic Inference.

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.