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, users only pay for what they actually need.  Not only can Amazon EC2 users easily start and stop instances on demand through the AWS console, but you can also use EC2 server scheduling to set the stop and start times of specific instances in advance, to reduce AWS costs. By some estimates, utilizing EC2 scheduling functionality to stop non-essential instances outside of office hours can reduce AWS costs by as much as 70 percent! Imagine how impressed your boss will be!

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Businesses are now using AWS cloud to enable faster disaster recovery of their critical IT applications without incurring the additional costs of on-premise infrastructure. One of the many benefits of AWS cloud is that it supports a number of disaster recovery scenarios from “pilot light”, to “hot standby”. AWS cloud offers a range of cloud-based disaster recovery services that enable the rapid recovery of your IT infrastructure and data. In this article, we will explain what you need to consider when planning your AWS DR strategy, including the frequency of testing, the types of backups you are going to require and explain how CloudRanger can help to improve your AWS DR strategy with automated testing.
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One of the main advantages of using Amazon Web Services instead of hosting a physical IT infrastructure is the ability to quickly and easily scale various services up or down as needed. While this cost-saving feature has long been available for Amazon’s relational databases engine, Amazon Aurora, a real-time, completely automated scaling process will soon be an option thanks to AWS’s new product, Amazon Aurora Serverless.   

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We are delighted to announce that our new functionality for Automated Disaster Recovery Testing for AWS Cloud is now available. A new section is now available in the main CloudRanger dashboard, for Disaster Recovery. In this section, you will be able to create an AWS cloud Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), much in the same way you already do for creating backup policies in our platform but in this case for disaster recovery testing purposes.

With our existing backup system in place, our new Automated Disaster Recovery Testing functionality allows you to test that any Amazon Machine Image (AMI) backups you are taking actually work successfully in practice.

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