Amazon CloudFormation is a service that allows you to manage and provision AWS resources using a template file in JSON format. Using CloudFormation templates, you can create, update, and delete many related AWS resources as a single unit.
For example, in a CloudFormation stack, you can create an RDS instance, EC2 instances in an Auto Scaling group fronted by an Elastic Load Balancer. The JSON template file can be managed by developer and DevOps tools such as source control. This allows you to create the stacks in a predictable and easily-repeatable manner.
We use CloudFormation extensively with Skeddly development and production.
Today, we’re happy to announce two new actions in our ever-expanding collection of actions.
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:
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce that we’ve expanded our free usage tier.
Managed Instances are a convenient way to manage your EC2 instances:
Today, we’ve added “Per-Volume Logic” to Managed Instances when deleting EBS snapshot backups.
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:
Today, we’ve added support for this new instance type. You can:
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: