January 2016

Amazon launches Certificate Manager

Amazon has announced a new service called AWS Certificate Manager (ACM), offering free SSL/TLS certificates for AWS resources.

The new AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) is designed to simplify and automate many of the tasks traditionally associated with management of SSL/TLS certificates. ACM takes care of the complexity surrounding the provisioning, deployment, and renewal of digital certificates! Certificates provided by ACM are verified by Amazon’s certificate authority (CA), Amazon Trust Services (ATS).

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Enterprise Ireland HPSU – ‘The Class of 2015’

The Start-Up Class of 2015 is the largest High Potential Start-Up event in the calendar year bringing together the HPSU companies which Enterprise Ireland has invested in during 2015.

Supporting the establishment of new start-up businesses and new business sectors is crucial to the creation of a vibrant business sector in Ireland. The entrepreneurs and founders represented in the Enterprise Ireland ‘Class of 2015’, including Cloud Ranger, have already achieved success; establishing new business with competitive products and services developed by their ambitious and capable founders, whose innovation, hard-work and determination has led them to where they are today. Enterprise Ireland has partnered with these companies to help them achieve this success through the High Potential Start-Up Fund (HPSU) to help open doors of opportunity in global markets.

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AWS Webinars for January 2016

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to learn something new in 2016? If so, you should attend an AWS webinar!

In his latest blog post, Jeff Barr, Amazon Web Services Chief Evangelist, has highlighted the upcoming webinars for January 2016. Every month, AWS run a series of webinars that are designed to bring you up to speed on the latest AWS services & features, and to make sure that you are aware of the best ways to put them to use. The webinars are conducted by senior AWS Product Managers and Solution Architects and often include a guest speaker.

The webinars are free but “seating” is limited and you should definitely sign up ahead of time if you want to attend (all times are Pacific). Here’s what AWS have in store this month:

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AWS Enterprise Summit Dublin – 23 February 2016

Join Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the first AWS Enterprise Summit in Dublin taking place on Tuesday, February 23 at the Aviva Stadium.

AWS Enterprise Summit Dublin is a free, one-day event and targeted at senior decision-makers across enterprise organisations in Ireland, who are in the planning stages of their business and looking for solutions on successfully navigating or growing their business on the AWS Cloud.

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AWS Global Summits for 2016

Summits for 2016 – Save the Date!

Good news! Amazon has started making plans for the AWS 2016 Global Summit series! As in past years, the focus will remain on education— to make sure that users know as much as possible about whatever aspects of AWS are of interest to them, with the overall aim to leave the summit charged up and ready to build something new, cool, and powerful!

To see the list of cities and dates, check out the AWS Summits page. Click on the Want More Information button to express your interest in a local Summit and to receive registration information as it becomes available.

Follow Along
In addition to the page above, you can also subscribe to the AWS Events RSS feed, follow @AWSSummits on Twitter, and find more information on Facebook.

Now let’s see if we can get enough people to suggest an AWS Summit in Dublin?

Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge is Live!

Today Amazon have announced on their AWS Blog, via Jeff Barr, the first of the of their proposed renewable energy wind farms is now operational. This marks a significant landmark for the Amazon and  today’s news is the first step towards the goal of 40% renewable energy for their global infrastructure by the end of 2016.

Back in November 2014 AWS made a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for their global infrastructure footprint. Today’s news indicates that the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, located in Benton County, Indiana, is now live and producing electricity! This marks the first of the four announced renewable energy projects to move into full operation.

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AWS Snapshots and the benefits of scheduling

AWS Storage Gateway provides the ability to back up point-in-time snapshots of your data to Amazon S3 for durable recovery. You can use the snapshot backups later on-premises or in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and you can take snapshots on a one-time or scheduled basis. In this blog, we show you the most common tasks that you can perform with snapshots, including creating a snapshot and restoring the snapshot to a volume that can then be mounted as an iSCSI device. When you restore a snapshot to an Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volume, the volume can then be attached to an Amazon EC2 instance.

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How to keep control of your AWS cloud costs

In an interesting recent article by Gavin Clarke in the register, he highlighted that 2015 was the year where AWS became the leader in Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), with Amazon now a major IT infrastructure provider. One of the key reasons AWS has became the leader in this space is the pay-as-you-go pricing model which offers elastic scalability to grow or shrink resource usage based on your business needs and growth.

However, as you start using AWS cloud, you will notice that the costs can spike and spend can creep up with the more services you use. So it’s important to have right cost management tools like CloudRanger that can help with the automated scheduling of tasks, which can help you keep control of your overall AWS costs.

Here, we highlight our top 3 AWS cost saving strategies for your business.

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Weekly summary email feature now live

Summary of the actions performed

Cloud Ranger carries out a number of tasks for our customers in the background. The tasks we execute can range from starting up servers to performing a back-up. When you combine this with a schedule, then  you have an automated service that looks after your cloud needs. Schedules are used to automate your tasks for you, a timer switch if you like. You can set a schedule to run daily, monthly or yearly. With our new weekly email feature, you will now get a summary of the actions performed over the previous week.

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CloudRanger joins the AWS SaaS Partner Program

One of Amazon Web Services main goals is to help APN Partners build, promote, grow, and manage SaaS offerings on AWS, and we’re happy to announce that CloudRanger is now an official partner of the AWS SaaS Partner Program.

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