If your Amazon EC2 instance was imported from an external virtual machine environment, AWS provides the ability to export your EC2 instances back out to other virtual machine environments such as Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. Information about this feature can be found at VM Import/Export.
Today, we’re happy to announce a new scheduled action: Export EC2 Instances. Using this new action, you can export your EC2 instances (assuming they were previously imported) to virtual machines images such as Citrix VHD, Microsoft VHD, and VMware VMDK and OVA.
Amazon Route 53 is a DNS web service for serving domain name lookups. Each domain is configured as a “Hosted Zone” in which you configure the various subdomains. In addition, Route 53 has features such as health checks and geo location results.
Today we have made available a new action: Backup Multiple Route 53 Hosted Zones.
Today, we are making available a new option to our “Backup Multiple EC2 Instances” action: Rolling Instance Stops.
Skeddly’s “Backup Multiple EC2 Instances” action is a powerful tool for creating EBS snapshots of your EC2 instances. It can discover your instances automatically, create the snapshots, tag them, and copy them to another region.
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is virtually unlimited internet-based storage. Files (or Objects in S3 terminology) are stored in buckets. Think of buckets like file servers or file drives. More information about Amazon S3 can be found at http://aws.amazon.com/s3/.
Today, we are making available a new action for Amazon S3: Copy S3 Objects. This new action will allow you to copy objects (files) from one S3 bucket to another. Those buckets can be in the same region, or they can be in different regions. For example, you can copy objects from US East 1 (Virginia) to US West 2 (Oregon).
Today we are expanding our set of actions for ElastiCache clusters. We have added an action called “Reboot ElastiCache Clusters”. Using this new action, you can reboot one or more of your ElastiCache clusters. They can be rebooted on a schedule, manually, or in response to an SNS notification such as a CloudWatch alert.
This new action is available now. Pricing for this action can be found on our pricing page.
Today, Amazon announces the immediate availability of the new C4 compute-optimized instance type. This new instance type is the highest-performing, compute-based instance type in the EC2 family.
Based on today’s information, it is about $0.01 more expensive than the C3 compute-optimized instance types, but they appear to be EBS-only. So that means that there are no on-board instance storage available (yet).
AWS Lambda is an AWS service that allows you to execute your own code without having to spin up your own infrastructure. That is, you don’t have to launch your own EC2 instances in order to run your code.
Currently, AWS Lambda supports Node.js, but other languages are going to be added soon.
More information about AWS Lambda can be found at http://aws.amazon.com/lambda/.
Today, we have made available a new action that you can use with AWS Lambda: Execute Lambda Function.
During AWS re:Invent 2014, J.R. Storment from Cloudability did a session titled “Creating a Culture of Cost Management in Your Organization”. You can view this session on YouTube:
During this session, he mentioned a policy called “Tag or Terminate”. Basically, he says that if an instance has been up for 24-hours and it hasn’t been tagged according to your tagging policies, then the instance could be stopped. This can be an effective way to enforce your tagging policies for costing and reporting.
You can see this at 14:05 in the video.