Responding to yesterday's announcements from Rackspace that they intend to compete with Amazon's EC2, S3, and CDN businesses, today Amazon CTO Werner Vogels pre-annouced via blog post that his company will be adding monitoring, load balancing, and automatic scaling to their offerings:
To make sure our customers can also benefit from our experience in building highly efficient systems we have decided to release versions of these services on the Amazon Web Services platform. The Monitoring, Load Balancing and Auto-Scaling services will be combined with a Management Console that provides a simple, point-and-click web interface that lets you configure, manage and access your AWS cloud resources.
Also, Amazon AWS is no longer in beta and EC2 now includes a 99.95% uptime SLA. Rackspace's offerings, while still in beta (meaning that there will be maintenance windows for upgrades) sport a 99.9% SLA.
This is welcome news for those of us who have considered running commercial services on EC2 but have been discouraged by the complexity of configuring load balancing and auto-scaling. Plus, the competition between these two companies can only be good for customers.