How PennyMac Saved 36% off their Cloud Bill

Oliver BergerCase StudiesLeave a Comment

…slashing their cloud expenses in just 8 months Challenge Being a direct, online mortgage lender means PennyMac can focus on the needs of its customers rather than maintaining a network of branches and banking products. The company’s licensed loan officers are trained to help customers through the process every step of the way. Since its founding in 2008, PennyMac has … Read More

Providing warnings for Start EC2 Instances action targeting Instances with attached KMS encrypted EBS volumes

Joel SpiraChangelogLeave a Comment

One of the more challenging things to debug within AWS is where you attempt to start an EC2 instance which has attached KMS encrypted EBS volumes, with the corresponding CMK key policy not granting the EC2 service the permissions it needs. We now provide warnings within the action view where a selected tag group targets an EC2 instance of this … Read More

Improved Manual Data Collection Performance

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We wanted to ensure that when a user builds a tag group they are always within reach of freshly collected data from all integrated platforms. Enabled by new architecture changes we now have the capacity to run manual data collection in an increasingly parallelised fashion. This is just one of many upcoming features to improve the user experience around composing … Read More

Update Security Group Action

Joel SpiraChangelogLeave a Comment

Automate the regular cleanup of ingress and egress rules in your security groups to remove unwanted access patterns. For example, you can schedule an action to remove SSH access that allows access to all incoming IPs.

Update ECS Service Scale Action

Joel SpiraChangelogLeave a Comment

With the Update ECS Service Scale action you will be able to update desired task instantiation counts across any number of ECS services. Similar to our Update Auto Scaling Group action you will be able to cache existing settings and restore to them an accompanying Rule. We’re really excited to start supporting even more use cases around containerised workloads so … Read More

Compact Rule Cards

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You can now toggle between VISUAL and COMPACT display options within the Rules view. Users often mentioned that Rules with multiple actions made the Rules view challenging to navigate, requiring scrolling and resulting in a disorientating experience. By allowing a toggleable display option you can easily choose whichever view you prefer and change at any point in time.

Rule Labels

Joel SpiraChangelogLeave a Comment

You can now add Labels to Rules. A Label is user defined identifying metadata for a Rule. Within the Rules view any Label on a Rule is available as a clickable filter helping to reduce the view to only show Rules with selected Labels in common. This greatly improves the user experience for teams who have multiple Rules. Now users … Read More

CICD & Infrastructure as Code Is The 1st Big Step In Cloud Automation

Stefan KnightBill Optimisation, Development, TechnologyLeave a Comment

But what’s next? The Challenge It may be safe to say that the industry agrees that automation for creating cloud resources is best practice. We in the cloud resource and event management tools ecosystem (that’s where GorillaStack is) think automated resource creation pipelines and CICD are vastly important. We would like to draw your attention to how these initiatives are … Read More

GorillaStack Cloud Elasticity Cost Optimization Features

Stefan KnightBill OptimisationLeave a Comment

Just like hundreds of happy customers, you could scale multiple Auto Scaling Groups settings to 0, cache their settings and separately restore each ASG to their previous settings (avoiding CloudFormation drift). At GorillaStack we live and breathe cloud cost optimization as a key use case of our SaaS platform. Other use cases include purging wasted resources, custom code automation, ChatOps, … Read More

Implement Sophisticated Workflows Using GorillaStack Sequences

Elliott SpiraChangelogLeave a Comment

We built some new stuff Firstly, we built support for a sequence of actions. You are no longer restricted to executing a single Action in your Rule. Actions could be fired off in serial. Secondly, we created a new component for our Rules, named “Pauses”. Pauses offer users the ability to perform some manual approval or some other check at … Read More