We are delighted to announce that CloudRanger has been shortlisted for ‘Vertical Market Specialist of the Year’ for the 2016 Tech Excellence Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the Tech Excellence Awards recognise the achievement of the technology sector and provide a valuable opportunity to network and catch up with peers. The national Tech Excellence Awards are Ireland’s principal badge of honour in the IT industry.

CloudRanger has been shortlisted for ‘Vertical market specialist of the year’ along with PathXL, eShopWorld, Xtremepush, Temera and Agile Networks. Other categories to be recognised at the event include Managed Service Company of the Year, Technology Exporter of the Year, Specialist Distributor of the Year and many more. For a full list of categories and nominees visit Tech Excellence Awards 2016 Shortlist Released


The AWS Summit in Chicago this week kicks off an international tour of dozens of Summits from New York to Tokyo this year, culminating with showpiece event of AWS re:Invent in December. At today’s conference Amazon Web Services GM of Product Strategy Matt Wood announced a number of new features for the cloud platform. One of the new features Matt was pleased to announce was the Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration, a faster way to move data into your Amazon S3 bucket over the internet. Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration is designed to maximize transfer speeds when you need to move data over long distances, for instance across countries or continents to your Amazon S3 bucket.

How Does it Work?

It works by carrying HTTP and HTTPS traffic over a highly optimized network bridge that runs between the AWS Edge Location nearest to your clients and your Amazon S3 bucket. There are no gateway servers to manage, no firewalls to open, no special protocols or clients to integrate with, or upfront fees to pay. You simply change the S3 endpoint that your application uses to transfer data, and acceleration is automatically applied. When moving GBs or TBs of data over long distances, it can save hours (or even days) in transfer time. You can try the Transfer Acceleration speed comparison tool to get a preview of the performance benefits.

Pricing for Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration is simple, with no upfront costs or long-term commitments. You simply pay a low, per-GB rate for data transferred through the service. The pricing is designed to be risk free: if Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration isn’t likely to make a difference in the speed of an upload (like when you upload data over the short distance from a client in Tokyo to an S3 bucket in Japan), you won’t be charged anything extra for that upload. For more information on pricing, see Amazon S3 pricing.

Getting Started

To get started, you can enable the Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration feature for your bucket by using the AWS Management Console, the APIs available through the AWS SDKs, or the AWS CLI. To learn more about Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration, please refer to theAmazon S3 Developer Guide.

This announcement by Amazon is a further attempt to court customers to move more on-premises data to the cloud. The S3 Transfer Acceleration uses optimized network protocols and AWS edge infrastructure to boost transfers by 50% to 500%.

About CloudRanger

CloudRanger are specialists in automation and scheduling for your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud resources. Easily schedule your AWS cloud servers to start, stop and manage your backup process automatically. We also offer a range of cloud consulting services that are focused on helping small and medium businesses move to Amazon Web Services to gain strategic advantage for their business through lower costs or scalability.

We offer a 14-day free trial, so you can try out our services for yourselves. This will help you get a feel for what we do, and how we can help.


Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at this year’s AWS Chicago Summit at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center. This free event is designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform and offer existing customers information on architecture best practices and new services. Come early to hear the exciting keynote speech from Dr. Matt Wood, GM, Product Strategy, Amazon Web Services who will be providing updates on AWS solutions, great customer stories.


Although AWS makes it easy to take snapshots of your EBS volumes, it still requires some manual effort and is therefore, subject to human error. Let’s be honest, we are all busy people and where possible,  we all love to automate tasks. We want to be able to set something up and then forget about it, safe in the knowledge that our tasks are being carried out in the background.

The feedback we get regularly get from our customers is that they are looking for an easy way to automate snapshots of an EC2 instance and related EBS volumes on a regular basis, without the hassle of coding of scripts and their ongoing upkeep.


In our last post, we were looking at the features of the AWS-CLI interface which is a great tool for managing and scripting tasks for your AWS infrastructure from the command line. However, in some cases it can be difficult to be at your most  productive level. This is because it is so hard to find a command that you need within 50+ commands and 1400+ sub-commands that are available and also with multiple command specific options.