Skeddly Blog

Skeddly news and announcements...

EBS Volume Snapshot Report Action

EBS volumes enable you to regularly create EBS snapshots. Automating those snapshots is crucial to a healthy Disaster Recovery strategy. But getting a regular report on the health of your infrastructure can be incredibly beneficial, especially if the report can quickly inform you that you may not be meeting your DR requirements.

Today, we’ve added a new action to our arsenal of reporting actions: EBS Volume Snapshot Report. Here is an example report I ran yesterday:

Using this new action, you can generate a report of EBS volumes and the healthiness of your EBS snapshots. You can specify two time-ranges and snapshot counts, one for warnings, and one for alerts.

For example, you can create a report that will produce an alert if any EBS volume has less than 1 snapshot within the past 30 days, and will produce a warning if any EBS volume has less than 1 snapshot within the past 7 days.

Alternatively, your report can alert if you have less than 1 snapshot in 7 days, and warn if you have less than 1 snapshot in 30 days.

The difference between these two examples really is only what you consider an alert versus a warning.

The number of snapshots and days is easily configurable.

The report can be sent to the primary email address associated with your Skeddly account, or it can be sent to one or more alternative email addresses. So you can have the report sent daily to your DevOps manager.

We’ve included the following methods of viewing the reports:

  • In the email, as an inline table
  • As an HTML file, attached to the email
  • As a CSV file, attached to the email

Depending on the email program you’re using to view the reports, you can also get a quick glimpse of the results. Here’s a Gmail view from the inbox:

This way, you can quickly see if there are any warnings or alerts to worry about without opening the email.

The report itself includes the following information:

  • The volume ID of the EBS volume
  • The date of the most recent snapshot
  • The number of snapshots that fall within the warning timeframe and the alert timeframe
  • The status of the volume: OK, Warning, or Alert
  • The instance ID of the attached EC2 instance, to help track down any unhealthy volumes

Our new action is available today. Full pricing information can be found on our pricing page.

Try It Today

Report on the healthiness of your EBS volumes’ recovery today. Sign-up for our 30 day free trial or sign-in to your Skeddly account to get started.