Skeddly Blog

Skeddly news and announcements...

New ElastiCache Actions

I am happy to announce the immediate availability of 5 new ElastiCache actions:

  • Create ElastiCache Cluster
  • Delete ElastiCache Clusters
  • Create ElastiCache Read Replica
  • Create ElastiCache Snapshots
  • Delete ElastiCache Snapshots

Each of these new actions support both Memcached and Redis clusters, where possible.

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Alternate Email Address for Billing and Invoices

Until today, invoices and other billing-related emails were sent to the primary email address associated with your Skeddly accounts.

Today, you can now choose to have an alternate email address where invoices and payment receipts are sent. This can be useful for accounting, ensuring that receipts get to the correct place.

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Price Reductions on Starts/Stops and Free-tier Expansion

We are happy to announce two things today, both of which should help lower your costs with Skeddly.

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How Skeddly Was Affected by the Heartbleed Bug

Over the past few days, the Heartbleed Bug has caused many questions and uncertainty about SSL security. Many sites were impacted, including Skeddly. We don’t know, and we may never know, if anyone was actually able to exploit the bug, or if it went unnoticed for years without incident.

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Use Skeddly to Delete Old RDS Snapshots

Skeddly can be a powerful tool in creating scheduled manual snapshots of your RDS instances. It includes an action called “Create RDS Snapshot” which can create a snapshot of an RDS instance on your schedule.

However, by default, all Amazon Web Services accounts can only create 50 manual snapshots. So if you’re creating snapshots on a schedule, then sooner or later, you’ll hit that 50 snapshot limit. Of course, you can contact AWS support to have this limit raised if you really need to keep more than 50 manual snapshots. Keep in mind that you may be paying to store those snapshots.

If you don’t need to keep all of those snapshots, then use the “Delete RDS Snapshots” action built into Skeddly.

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An Advanced Backup Strategy Using Skeddly

Using Skeddly, you are able to easily create EBS snapshots on a hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. In addition, Skeddly can be configured to delete those snapshots based on age, and keeping a minimum number of snapshots. Simple backup and delete strategies can be created. But more advanced strategies can be created as well.

Goal

For example, let’s say that you want to create snapshots under the following schedule:

  • Hourly snapshots kept for 24 hours
  • Daily snapshots kept for one week
  • Weekly snapshots kept for one month
  • Monthly snapshots kept for one year

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Support for IAM Roles Added

Until today, you had to register an Amazon Access Key with Skeddly in order for Skeddly to perform actions on your AWS resources. Access Keys are still supported, but a new, preferred, way has been added to Skeddly: IAM roles.

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Second Generation RDS Instance Classes Supported

Amazon recently added support for the second generation (m3) of instance types to Amazon RDS.

We are happy to say that Skeddly supports these new class types as well.

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SSD Redshift Clusters Now Supported

Last week, Amazon announced the availability of two new SSD-based node types for Redshift. The announcement can be read here: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/faster-cost-effective-ssd-storage-options-for-amazon-redshift/.

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Redshift Actions Added for Snapshots and Clusters

Amazon Redshift is a powerful tool for large-scale data analysis.

Today, we’re happy to announce that Skeddly has added 5 new actions to help you manage your Redshift cluster:

  • Create Redshift Snapshot
  • Delete Redshift Snapshots
  • Restore Redshift Cluster
  • Delete Redshift Clusters
  • Resize Redshift Cluster

These new actions give you tools to manage your Redshift snapshots and clusters. Let’s take a closer look.

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