Category: Amazon Web Services

Amazon Dynamo DB now has Auto-Scaling by default!

There are a huge number of AWS customers who use and depend on Amazon Dynamo DB for persistent performance for their serverless applications. Amazon Dynamo DB has a provisioned capacity model. Customers must set the amount of write and read operations that are required for their application. The introduction of auto-scaling helps to automate capacity management for tables and indexes on Amazon Dynamo DB. When using auto-scaling customers can state upper and lower bands for read and write capacity. After bands have been set by customer Dynamo DB will work with another Amazon service called CloudWatch to monitor and modify capacity when appropriate.

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A Guide To Choosing The Best Amazon EC2 Pricing Options

In order to get the best value when using Amazons EC2 service, you should evaluate the following in order to get the best value from the EC2 pricing that suits your application and business needs. One of the most important things to consider when setting up your EC2 instances is what pricing type meets your applications needs best. You will also have to choose an EC2 instance type that will suit your compute needs. There is a wide range of instances available and each instance type will vary in price.

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AWS Greengrass is now available to all AWS Customers

AWS Greengrass is an IoT service for AWS customers that allows them to program and update devices using AWS Lambda and the AWS Management Console. The Greengrass service extends AWS to physical devices and allows a group of devices to be connected and communicate locally and on the Cloud.

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Easily Stop And Start RDS Instances on AWS

While Amazon Web Services typically offers a pay-as-you-go approach for its products, the company’s Relational Database Service (RDS) has been an outlier. Unlike Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, which can be paused and relaunched as needed, the ability to directly stop and start RDS instances has never been available… until now.

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What is Amazon Redshift?

In our latest blog, we look to answer the question, What is Amazon Redshift? The simple answer is that Amazon Redshift is a fully managed data warehouse service that can scale from just a hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more.  Amazon Redshift is a simple cost effective way to analyse your data using SQL and your existing BI (Business Intelligence) tools. Redshift is designed to connect SQL-based clients and business intelligence tools for analytic workloads. Amazon Redshift gives you fast querying abilities and enables you to execute complex queries against any size of the dataset.  In this blog, we will look at more of the key features and benefits, so you will no longer have to ask the question: What is Amazon Redshift?

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Simple File Level Recovery for EBS Snapshots

When it comes to your company’s backup and disaster recovery needs, Amazon Web Services’ cloud-computing platform is an ideal choice. But despite its inherent benefits, file-level recovery for EBS snapshots can still be a difficult, time-consuming process, especially for non-IT professionals. However, it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we’ll take a look at how file-level recovery for AWS EBS snapshots work. We’ll also discuss how a third-party provider like CloudRanger can greatly simplify the process

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Top AWS Backup & Disaster Recovery Considerations for MSPs

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-computing platform can greatly simplify a company’s backup and recovery process without the need for costly onsite equipment. However, because using AWS is somewhat complicated and still requires a certain level of scripting, many businesses chose to outsource this task to a managed service provider (MSP) or value-added reseller (VAR). So in the following article, we’ll highlight important details to consider regarding backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs. We’ll also explain how third-party providers like CloudRanger can help MSPs and VARs further streamline and simplify their clients’ backups and recovery methods, saving time and money in the process.

Which Backup Method Is Right For The Client?

When it comes to backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs, the first consideration should be choosing the right backup method for your client. With AWS, the two main options for backups are AMIs and EBS snapshots. An AMI is an encrypted machine image that contains all the information necessary to restore your data. EBS snapshots are backups of Amazon EBS volumes which capture incremental block-level changes to the original. Overall, instance store-based AMIs are slower, less flexible, and more costly than their EBS counterparts. But AMIs might still be the better option depending on your client’s specific needs. So before you go any further, a thorough assessment is in order.

But regardless of which backup method is right for your client, a third-party service like CloudRanger can help MSPs and VARs manage, automate, and streamline the backup process.

What Are The Client’s Specific Disaster Recovery Needs?

Once you determine the best method for backing up your client’s data, it’s time to develop a backup and recovery strategy. And an important component of backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs is establishing your client’s tolerance for both downtime and data loss. It’s imperative to calculate the amount of money a client could lose from downtime/data loss and weigh it against the amount of money to be spent on backup and restoration. Only then is it possible to realistically determine how frequently backups should occur, and which AWS disaster recovery method is the best option.

If your client has a high tolerance for downtime/data loss, it may make sense to utilize cheaper, less extensive disaster recovery methods. Whereas clients requiring little or no downtime should probably pay a premium for more comprehensive methods. But whichever recovery method ends up making the most sense, a third-party service like CloudRanger can help MSPs and VARs simplify disaster recovery, making it easy to copy snapshots and AMIs and quickly restore them.

Is Your Client’s Backup Data Geographically Diversified?

As an MSP, having backup and recovery methods in place for your client’s data is critical. But it’s just as important to ensure that your client’s backup data is not being stored in close proximity to the primary production environment. After all, if a large-scale disaster destroys your client’s data, any backup data stored in the same vicinity is also at risk of being lost.

Luckily, the decentralized nature and global reach of AWS makes it easy and affordable for MSPs and VARs to store their client’s critical information in multiple geographic locations. And third-party services like CloudRanger simplify the process even further, allowing MSPs and VARs to easily schedule backups and recover data across AWS regions around the world without the need for in-house scripting.

How Will You Manage The Backup Needs Of Multiple Clients?

Now that we’ve discussed important considerations regarding backup and recovery for MSPs and VARs, it’s time to put this knowledge to work. However, simultaneously managing the backup and recovery needs of multiple clients can be a daunting task, especially given the limited nature of the native AWS Dashboard.

Third-party services like CloudRanger can greatly ease this burden by allowing MSPs and VARs to access multiple customer accounts through a single, easy-to-use console (as opposed to multiple AWS logins/dashboards). This single point of entry makes it easy to schedule and monitor the backup process for multiple clients with varying strategies and objectives, and helps save your company time and money.

About CloudRanger

CloudRanger offers a simple AWS cloud management system for scheduling critical, repetitive tasks without the need for in-house coding. By utilizing our services, your organization will save both time and money. 

Our AWS cloud management system is easy to set up and get started. And best of all, you can even try CloudRanger for free. So why not experience the features and benefits CloudRanger has to offer?

How To Simplify AWS Cloud Management With Third Party Tools

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re already aware of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the benefits of on-demand cloud computing platforms. By utilizing AWS, businesses not only eliminate the need for a costly on-site computer infrastructure but also take advantage of flexible, pay-as-you-go services that only a cloud-based solution can offer. But when it comes to AWS cloud management, the platform’s overwhelming native interface prevents many users from taking full advantage of its highly scalable, cost-effective products. This is especially true for users who are not IT infrastructure and DevOps professionals or are unable to script.

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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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