Author: steven

Warning: You’re Losing Money by not using EC2 Scheduling

Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides its users with a flexible, highly customizable computing solution without the need to invest in costly on-site servers. And the product’s ability to quickly scale computing capacity up or down means that, if properly utilized, AWS customers only pay for what they actually need.  Not only can EC2 users easily start and stop instances on demand, but they can also use EC2 scheduling to set the start and stop times of specific instances in advance, saving time and money in the process. By some estimates, utilizing EC2 scheduling to halt non-essential instances during off hours can lower costs by as much as 70 percent.

However, depending on your specific circumstances, efficiently and effectively managing your EC2 scheduling can be tricky. While AWS does provide an EC2 Scheduler of its own, it requires a certain level of coding know-how to operate, which means it might not be a good fit for all users. So in this article, we will explain a bit more about what is needed to properly implement EC2 scheduling, as well as the benefits of using a third-party vendor like CloudRanger to manage, automate, and streamline the process.

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10 Tips for Developing an AWS Disaster Recovery Plan

Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud-based platforms provide users with a flexible, easily scalable solution to meet their computing needs. It also eliminates the need for users to invest in a costly physical computer infrastructure of their own. So when it comes disaster recovery, this versatile, decentralized system is an ideal solution for your business. However, while AWS might provide the necessary features for disaster recovery, these tools will prove useless in the absence of a comprehensive strategy. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for developing an AWS disaster recovery plan, along with some information about how third-party vendors like CloudRanger can help with the plan’s implementation.

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AWS now lets you migrate MongoDB databases to Dynamo DB

Functionality of DMS has been updated to support a leading no SQL database MongoDB

Amazon Web Services announced on the 10th of April that their Database Migration Service (DMS) functionality has been updated to support one of the leading Dev NoSQL databases –MongoDB. This new addition to the DMS allows for data to be streamed from a MongoDB along with any of the other supported databases on AWS.

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Choosing The Best EC2 Backup Strategy To Meet Your Needs

The benefits and flexibility associated with Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) services are well known. But this same flexibility can make developing a cheap, effective EC2 backup strategy seem like a daunting task. With so many varying methods available for backing up your data, it can be difficult to determine which solution best fits your company’s needs. But don’t panic. In this blog, we’ll examine the most common EC2 backup strategies so that you can better identify which option is right for you. We’ll also discuss the benefits of using a third-party vendor to manage, automate, and streamline the backup process, allowing you to focus on your core business needs.

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Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances now offer instance size flexibility to help you reduce your EC2 costs

Great news announced from Amazon Web Services today, where they have announced some great new enhancements to Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances (RIs) that make them more flexible and easy to use, and for price-sensitive users, it helps you get the most out of your RI discount!

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How the AWS Application Discovery Service helps ease legacy migration pain.

One of the most important tools developed by Amazon Web Services over recent months, targeting the Enterprise market, is the AWS Application Discovery Service. This service is designed to make it easier for Enterprise businesses who are considering moving their application from an on-premises model to a fully integrated cloud model with all the benefits such as security, scalability, reliability and efficiency that come with the public cloud model.

In one of our previous blogs, we looked at the AWS Cloud Adoption framework from a security perspective, which outlines best practices which will enable organisations to go from the traditional on-premises IT model to full adoption of cloud services. In this blog, we are going to look further into the AWS Application Discovery service, which will help you to discover on-premises application inventory and dependencies.

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How to create EC2 Server Snapshots By Instance Tag with CloudRanger

Many users of Amazon Web Services (AWS) are looking for a backup solution to easily manage snapshots, scheduling and the deletion of old snapshots. You can achieve this by writing your own script or by using an AWS backup solution such as CloudRanger to manage this for you.
CloudRanger is a leading backup and recovery solution for Amazon EC2 & RDS resources. Our solution focuses on the scheduling of backups and the retention policies around your snapshots. It can automate all aspects of the AWS backup process, including cross-region backups for disaster recovery, and will provide you with peace of mind that backups are always being done.
In this blog post, we are going to explain how you can easily set up a task to create an AWS EC2 Server Snapshot By Instance Tag with CloudRanger.

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Cross Region Backups Available For AWS With CloudRanger

One of the main advantages of the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure is that it is readily available across the globe. The widespread network of AWS data centers are divided into regions and availability zones, and this helps in achieving high availability and disaster recovery capabilities.

So, we are excited to announce an enhancement to our CloudRanger AWS automated backup and scheduling solution, by allowing CloudRanger users to easily copy snapshots across AWS regions to support disaster recovery requirements.

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Amazon EBS Elastic Volumes Now Available!

In exciting news announced by Jeff Barr on his outstanding AWS Blog, Amazon Web Services have launched a new EBS feature called Elastic Volumes. In his latest blog, Jeff rightly highlights that, with the dynamic nature of business, block storage requirements can change. As our needs change over time, this creates the requirements to be able to modify existing volumes to add capacity or to change performance characteristics.

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AWS Cloud Adoption Framework from a Security Perspective

The AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) is a framework for best practices which will enable organisations to go from the traditional on-premises IT model to full adoption and integration of cloud services. This framework divides complex IT environments into specific areas of focus to make them more manageable and to enable organisations to develop a clear and concise migration strategy and to build a comprehensive approach to cloud computing.

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