Terraform Provider for GorillaStack

Elliott SpiraChangelog, Development, Technology, ToolsLeave a Comment

Driving GorillaStack configuration through Terraform We have spent some time building a Terraform provider for GorillaStack. We’ll explore the “what” and “why” in some FAQs below, and will follow up with some technical blog posts around the “how” a little later. What is a Terraform Provider? A Terraform Provider is an implementation of mappings between Terraform templates and API calls … Read More

Conditionally Wait On Resource State Change After Action Invocation

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We can now support the capability to optionally wait on resource state change after action invocation before proceeding to the next action in a sequence of multiple actions. Supporting both synchronous and asynchronous action invocation is something we are really happy to support. Our first action being supported is Start Instances. You will now find in the Start Instances action view a Wait navigation option. … Read More

Stop Start of RDS Instances in Aurora DB Clusters

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You will find that the Stop RDS Instances and Start RDS Instances action views now have an option to target RDS Instances in Aurora Clusters. This is a huge opportunity for AWS cost optmisation and was a common request from many active members in our GorillaStack community. Existing users will need to update their GorillaStack cross-account role. Start by navigating … Read More

Suspend and Resume Auto Scaling Processes Actions

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You can now suspend and resume any/all processes on EC2 Auto Scaling Groups. Here is a Processes list: Terminate HealthCheck ReplaceUnhealthy AZRebalance AlarmNotification ScheduledActions AddToLoadBalancer This is particularly helpful in a sequence of actions to orchestrate interesting interactions with ephemeral workloads in Auto Scaling Groups. For existing users, enabling these new actions requires an update to the GorillaStack cross account … Read More

Engine Room Overhaul

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The team is thrilled to unveil the second iteration of the Engine Room. You can now filter the view to the account level and see month-on-month changes in GorillaStack automation metrics. UX improvements and increased performance makes the Engine Room more usable than ever, assisting users to both understand their GorillaStack usage patterns and identify opportunities to automate more of … Read More

Deeper Data Interpolation For Backup Actions

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Users now have the capabilities to apply underlying action and resource data to EBS backups. When creating EBS snapshots users can now specify highly dynamic Names, Descriptions and Additional Tag values. This feature helps our users ensure that every snapshot is simple to identify and as descriptive as possible.

Rule Labels

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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. When a label is selected as a filter the Rules view filters to only show Rules with Labels in common. This greatly improves the user experience for teams who have multiple Rules. Big thank you … Read More

Dynamic GorillaStack Role Customization

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We are so incredibly excited to announce this feature. Let me quickly explain the customer problem. While we have been successfully expanding the number of GorillaStack triggers and actions to satisfy customer needs, we have also been broadening the default set of privileges that we require to perform these actions. However, not all customers need a all our actions and … Read More

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

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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