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Mendix on AWS: Why and How

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Why and How

Mendix on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a fundamental driver of digital transformation. The strategic partnership between Mendix and AWS has significantly benefitted AWS cloud and Mendix users, as they can get the best of both platforms. For instance, Mendix on AWS lets you enjoy the innovation and speed of Mendix with the reliability, security, and availability of AWS infrastructure when building your workflows and applications.

The Mendix low-code application development platform supports companies looking to integrate intelligent automation (IA) on AWS to strategically address opportunities and cost reduction and enhance operational effectiveness. On the other hand, AWS users can rapidly build real-world IA apps with Mendix on AWS. 

Interested in learning more about Mendix on AWS? Join us as we bring you an in-depth guide on Mendix on AWS, including its benefits and how to get the best out of it. 

Why Use Mendix on AWS?  

Mendix on AWS empowers your team to quickly create and deploy better mobile and web applications. Here are several benefits of working with Mendix on AWS:

  • Simplified Integration

Mendix solutions features numerous AWS connectors and is constantly adding new ones over time. This is part of the strategic alliance between Mendix and AWS. These connectors are available on the Mendix Marketplace. Also, you can build your own AWS connectors. However, you will need to provide comprehensive documentation so that other developers understand your connector, including what they do and how they can use them. 

These pre-built AWS connectors simplify the process of integrating your Mendix applications with AWS. Therefore, whether you are embedding a specific AWS service into a Mendix application or assembling a Mendix application from AWS, the Mendix-AWS connectors ensure easy, secure, and seamless integration. 

  • Embedded Governance and Security 

Mendix prioritizes data privacy, compliance, and governance at every level, from the platform and apps built on it to security operations. Also, the Mendix low-code application development platform continuously looks for new ways and solutions to prevent possible attacks. It uses a combination of defensive, preventive, and reactive controls to ensure the platform remains a secure environment for building applications and helps you stay competitive. 

On the other hand, AWS is known for its robust security measures that guarantee availability and reliability even in the event of attack or failure. AWS offers security-specific features and tools across configuration management, network security, data encryption, and access control. Also, the AWS environment is regularly audited, with certifications from various accreditation bodies. Therefore, with Mendix on AWS, you can rest assured your data and applications are secure. 

  • Multiple Cloud Options

With Mendix on AWS, you can run your Mendix applications in the Mendix cloud within your AWS environment or in a managed, dedicated Mendix cloud instance in your own environment. Mendix on AWS allows you to create modern microservice solutions even without advanced technical expertise. 

What’s more, Mendix applications are resilient, scalable, containerized, and portable. Therefore, you can deploy them to any cloud and scale to any size without redesigning any elements of your apps. Also, Mendix on AWS allows you to make multi-cloud manageable using one-click deployment to hybrid, private, and public clouds.

  • Easy Billing and Procurement

Understanding billing and procurement when using Mendix alone can be pretty challenging. But did you know you can easily understand billing and procurement with Mendix on AWS? You can buy Mendix on the AWS Marketplace to enjoy streamlined billing and procurement, among other benefits.

How to Use Mendix on AWS

While it’s easier to build apps on the Mendix platform, you may struggle to use Mendix on AWS. This is because you need to take several actions to make the platform ready for use on AWS. But worry not – here is an overview of the steps you need to use Mendix on AWS.

  • Sign up for AWS

The first step to running Mendix on AWS involves creating an AWS account. If you don’t have an existing account, visit the AWS website and register with valid details. However, sign in with your login credentials if you have an existing account.

  • Launch an EC2 Instance

To run Mendix on AWS, launch an Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance. EC2 instances are virtual machines that run on the AWS infrastructure. To launch your EC2 instance, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the EC2 dashboard.
  2. Click the “Launch Instance” button.
  3. Select an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that includes Mendix. The Mendix Developer Hub provides a public AMI that you can use for this purpose
  4. Select the instance type you want to use
  5. Configure the instance details, including the number of instances, network settings, and storage.
  6. Launch the instance by clicking the “Launch” button and selecting a key pair.
  • Connect to the EC2 Instance

Once the EC2 instance runs, connect to it using Secure Shell (SSH). You’ll need the public DNS name of the instance and the key pair you specified when you launched the instance (in step f). Follow these steps to connect to the EC2 instance:

  • Locate the public DNS name of the EC2 instance. Find the instance you launched in the EC2 dashboard and look for its public DNS name in the “Description” tab.
  • Open a terminal or command prompt. Open a terminal or command prompt, depending on your operating system.
  • Connect to the EC2 instance using SSH. Type “ssh -i path/to/key_pair.pem user_name@public_dns_name” in the terminal or command prompt to connect to the EC2 instance using SSH, replacing “user_name” with the user name for the AMI and “public_dns_name” with the public DNS name of the instance. 
  • Enter the password. If your AMI requires a password, you’ll be prompted to enter it.
  • Verify the connection: Once you’ve connected to the EC2 instance using SSH, verify the connection by checking the system information, such as the version of the operating system and available disk space.
  • Install and Configure Mendix

Once you’ve successfully connected to the EC2 instance, it’s time to install and configure Mendix. Follow the steps outlined in the Mendix Developer Hub to properly install and configure Mendix on EC2.

  • Deploy your Mendix Application

Congrats, you have successfully installed and configured Mendix on AWS. So, what next? Deploy your Mendix application to the EC2 instance. Use the Mendix Modeler or the Mendix Developer Hub to deploy your Mendix app on AWS.

Final Thought

Mendix on AWS is a crucial driver of digital transformation. It simplifies integration, billing, and procurement and guarantees embedded governance and security. Therefore, you’ll be at ease knowing that your apps and data are safe with Mendix on AWS. What’s more, you can configure Mendix on AWS by following our steps to start enjoying the combined benefits of Mendix on AWS. 

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