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Visit With Skeddly at AWS re:Invent 2015

We are excited to announce that we will be taking part in this year’s AWS re:Invent 2015 conference. Join us October 6 - 9, 2015 at kiosk #K3 on the expo floor.

Visit the Skeddly kiosk to learn how Skeddly can schedule and automate your EBS, RDS, and Redshift snapshots, reduce your server costs, and much more.

At kiosk #K3, get:

  • a live demo of Skeddly,
  • personal assistance setting up your Skeddly account,
  • questions answered, and
  • friendly conversation.

A Business-Hours Only RDS Instance Is Possible

Amazon EC2 allows you to stop your EBS-based EC2 instances and restart them. While the instance is stopped, you’re not paying for the instance (with the exception of your EBS storage). If your EC2 instance only needs to be running during parts of the day, this ability to stop and restart the instance allows you to save some money during times that your EC2 instance is not needed.

Unfortunately, Amazon RDS does not have the same capabilities to stop and restart the instance. Instead, the only controls you have of your RDS instance is to restore a new instance from a previous snapshot, and to delete an RDS instance, creating a final snapshot in the process.

However, these minimal controls still allow you to achieve similar cost-savings with your RDS instance as you have with your EC2 instances. Skeddly allows you to use these building-blocks to save money on your RDS costs by restoring your RDS instance when it’s needed, and deleting it when it’s not.

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Amazon API Gateway

Today at AWS Summit New York, Amazon announced Amazon API Gateway. This is a new service that allows you to create RESTful APIs and forward those requests to AWS Lambda functions or other HTTP/S endpoints. Amazon manages the infrastructure, security, request throttling, and monitoring for you.

We’re wondering what use-cases you have for Amazon API Gateway and how you may want it automated and scheduled.

Feel free to contact us and let us know what features of API Gateway you may want to schedule.

Changes to Free Usage Tier: EBS Snapshots and AMI Images

We are pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our free usage tier.

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Request EC2 Spot Instances Action Enhancements

Today, we are happy to announce some enhancements we’ve made to our “Request EC2 Spot Instances” action.

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Per-Volume Logic Added to Managed Instances

Managed Instances are a convenient way to manage your EC2 instances:

  • schedule the starting and stopping of your instance
  • schedule when backups are taken (EBS snapshots and AMI images)
  • delete old backups

Today, we’ve added “Per-Volume Logic” to Managed Instances when deleting EBS snapshot backups.

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New M4 Instance Types Supported

Amazon has announced a new general purpose instance type: the M4 instance family. More information about this new instance type can be found on the AWS blog:

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/the-new-m4-instance-type-bonus-price-reduction-on-m3-c4/

Today, we’ve added support for this new instance type. You can:

  • launch new EC2 instances using Skeddly as M4 instances,
  • change existing instances to M4 instances

Enhanced Billing Portal

We are always looking for ways to improve the experience when using Skeddly. Today, we’re unveiling our new Billing Portal.

In the new portal, you can:

  • Update your payment information
  • Update your billing address
  • View past and present invoices for generating printable invoices

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Modify S3 Objects Action

Today, we’re releasing a new utility action: Modify S3 Objects.

Using this new action, you can scan an S3 bucket for objects and modify some of their properties.

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New Directory Service Actions

AWS Directory Service is a managed service from Amazon where you can connect your EC2 instances and other resources to a Microsoft Active Directory. The directory can either be your own on-premises directory, or you can create your own directory hosted within the AWS cloud.

More information about this service can be found on the AWS Directory Service page.

Today, we are pleased to announce support for scheduling and automating the creation and deletion of AWS Directory Service snapshots.

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