Android Applications for Cloud Computing

An access to a notebook or desktop to perform the daily administrative tasks is not required if you choose to direct the cloud servers or services such as those facilitated by Amazon Web Services or Rackspace.

The technological upliftment have emerged with the applications like- AWS Console, Android AWS Manager, Decaf Amazon EC2 Client, Rackspace, or ConnectBot- that can be installed in an android phone or tablet to enable you to manage your cloud infrastructure irrespective of the distance or place that allows you to access internet.
AWS is a marked feature in the first three apps whereas the fourth is usable with Rackspace and the fifth is a Secure Shell client that is compatible with any cloud host.

AWS Console

AWS Console, a free Android app, paves the way for simple administrative interface for the listed Amazon Web Services: Elastic Cloud Computer (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), Simple Notification Service (SNS), Relational Database Services (RDS), Route 53 (Amazon’s Domain Name System Web service), and CloudFront (Amazon’s Web-hosting service). This application has been successfully launched in Android phones but it was primarily designed for tablets running honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.

To log in to this, you need to add user account by providing your AWS access ID along with the secret access key that can be gained from the AWS security credential page. Thereafter you can select the desired AWS region to proceed. However the usage or the procedure differ on a tablet and on phone. The tablet displays a well formatted navigation system whereas on phone it can be operated using the menu key to navigate between each AWS service and its properties.

Operating through this application you can perform the basic instance tasks like create, start, stop, reboot, terminate, and so on, that are available from the official website of AWS Management Console. But the components like load balancers or network interfaces for Amazon EC2 cannot be managed through this apps.
Although AWS Console app has a plain look and feel and is devoid of graphics but to take it overall it provides simple interface to manage AWS services. Beside it is a user friendly application that serves the purpose it has been designed for.

While using this app, it is required to select the AWS region before you log in. From the safety concern the user must also enable the native the Android lock screen Pin, password or the pattern on the device so as to protect any other user to access the someone else AWS account.

Android Aws manager

Android AWS Manager

Android AWS Manager is another free Android app that lays down the service of interface to the EC2, RDS, and Route 53 AWS services. This application has been basically designed for phone but you can activate it on tablets as well. However it does let you rotate from portrait to landscape orientation as the features is not included.

It is a program that supports selected AWS services than AWS console. Also it performs less functionality for the services it supports. For instance the user cannot create instances in Amazon EC2. Besides this Android AWS Manager differ from the AWS Console in that it supports Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). In addition you can also switch between AWS regions after you have logged in.

Akin to AWS Console, this program is also not password-protected on its own. Hence the user must activate the native Android lock screen PIN, password, or pattern to prevent its usage from any stranger.

Decaf Amazon EC2 Client

With this program you can monitor your Amazon EC2 infrastructure from either a tablet or a smartphone. You can acquire this program from the Google Play app store at the price of $14.16. It differ from the above two apps discussed in terms of the fact that it does not support other AWS services like Amazon RDS or Route 53.

At the first usage itself, Decaf Amazon EC2 Client slides you through the process of configuring the AWS account. The user can just log in to AWS and this application will generate the EC2 key ID and the secret access key. The moment you get it connected it will display a list of the basic EC2 components like AMIs, EBS Volumes, EBS Snapshots, Elastic IPs, Security Groups, and Key Pair and also the ones that you are using. With a click you can access the details about each of them to perform basic functions of create, start, stop, reset, terminate, and so on for most of the supported features. If ConnectBot SSH is also installed, it allow you to acces yur running instances through secure shell (SSH).

The user can get the additional details operating through the menu keys of the phone or tablet. If you tap the regions button you can switch between AWS regions whereas the CloudWatch button gives you a view of the status and historical graphs of your instance’s CPU, disk, and, network usage. This program is password protected that safeguards it from any stranger. Decaf Amazon EC2 app provides a user friendly interface for managing basic AWS services. It can be used to handle most of the same tasks that can be performed using the official AWS Management Console website. However it does not support EC2 components such as load balancers or network interfaces.

Rackspace

This program has been developed with the aim to assist its customers manage their Rackspace cloud servers, files, and load balancers. All the basic cloud server tasks like creating, renaming, deleting, resizing, and rebooting instances can be performed with this apps. It also supports multiple accounts for U.S., UK, and custom API endpoints. In addition the user can also ping cloud servers, manage backup schedules, and change root passwords in this. To manage the Cloud Files one can view and create containers, upload text files, and download and preview files. Rackspace apps also facilitates the password protection.

ConnectBot

ConnectBot is a free Android, open-source, Secure Shell client that can be used to administer any Linux or Unix-based cloud machine from the Command Line Interface (CLI). Where on one hand it supports Telnet and local connections (Android device), it also supports SSH sessions, secure tunnels, and copy/paste operations between other Android apps. The program is equipped with adjustable scroll-back size and supports the popular emulation modes and Terminal bell alerts.

It allow the connection remain while the app is running in the background that enable you to access other apps with connections open. It also allows the user to lock the screen without disturbing the connection.

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