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Create Storage Gateway Snapshots Action

Using AWS Storage Gateway, you can connect your on-premises storage solutions with Amazon’s cloud-based storage solutions for backup, DR, and caching purposes.

AWS Storage Gateway allows you to create snapshots of your gateway volumes for backup purposes. But until today, creating these snapshots was a manual process using the AWS Management Console.


Cost Reduction for DynamoDB Tables

Amazon DynamoDB is a managed NoSQL database service from Amazon Web Services. Using DynamoDB, you can store data without requiring a fixed schema. Amazon DynamoDB is priced based on your desired read and write capacity. Meaning, you’ll pay more for more available reads and writes per second, and pay less for fewer available reads and writes per second.

For some databases with predictable performance requirements, scheduling the through-put of your DynamoDB tables may be an effective cost-reduction strategy. For example, if your database is predominantly used during business-hours, and rarely used after-hours or on weekends, then reducing your table’s read and/or write through-put can help reduce your AWS costs. Until today, adjusting your table’s read or write capacity needed to be done manually or by using and managing your own scripts.


New CloudFormation Actions

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.


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.


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.


Request EC2 Spot Instances Action Enhancements

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


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.


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:

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

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