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.
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.
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.
While searching online for a solution to help with their AWS EBS snapshot management, VOKKE found CloudRanger. It became quickly apparent that CloudRanger offered the solution VOKKE were looking for by streamlining and simplifying their backup activities. VOKKE now use CloudRanger to automatically snapshot and rotate their EBS volumes by tag, as well as terminate servers at night when workloads are low.
Let’s be honest, we are all busy people and where possible, we want to automate tasks. We want to be able to set something up and then forget about it, safe in the knowledge that it’s being taken care of in the background.
Although AWS allow you to take snapshots of your EBS volumes, it still requires some manual effort and is subject to human error. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.
The traditional backup procedure associated with data sets would potentially throw up several issues along the way, like version skew which could result in data corruption. Also, the resources required to carry out the task, and the time it would take to complete could present significant problems. This is where snapshot automation technology can be of great benefit. A snapshot, in basic terms, is a copy of a data set at a particular moment in time, in other words, you don’t need to back up your entire data set to get full data protection which may be essential for mission critical businesses. In this blog post, we will look in more detail at the benefits of AWS snapshot and backup automation.
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.
The AWS Command Line Interface is an interface for managing AWS services. It contains a tool that allows you to control many AWS services from command line, and because it’s a command line – you can automate your tasks with scripts.
Are you having problems running your EC2 instances at certain times of the day when they are not required? Well, there is no need to worry about it anymore. We have the perfect solution for you and your business.
Our EC2 scheduler for Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps save on unnecessary costs that are incurred due to idle instances. Our software has been designed to allow users to schedule turning on/off instances at daily, weekly or monthly intervals based on your requirements. This enables users to run instances during business hours only on your non-production environments. By using our EC2 scheduling software we can help you automate instances regularly, quickly and easily.
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.