AWS Instance Scheduler

Elliott SpiraBusiness, ToolsLeave a Comment

A lot of organisations come to us for help after they have spent weeks wrestling with AWS Instance scheduler. Other users who have never tried to grapple with the 40 page instructional document ask us why they shouldn’t use it instead of GorillaStack. Instance Scheduler Overview The AWS Instance Scheduler is a solution written by the AWS Solutions team, based … Read More

Automatically Scale DynamoDB Throughput

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DynamoDB is becoming a popular solution for AWS customers who want a NoSQL database that can quickly scale to demand and where they pay for the data they store and the throughput that they require. DynamoDB has some great Auto Scaling capabilities, however, to avoid throttling requests around known peaks in throughput requirements and to quickly back-off and save money … Read More

Automatically Reset Auto Scaling Groups to Previous Scale

Oliver BergerChangelogLeave a Comment

Users of our update_autoscaling_groups action have for a while been looking for a way to scale an Auto Scaling Group down and then at a later point, scale back to the previous settings associated with this group. Until now, we needed users to specify the desired settings for those Auto Scaling groups on the scale up action, which was cumbersome … Read More

Cost Optimisation Tops the List of Cloud Initiatives For Enterprises

Stefan KnightBill OptimisationLeave a Comment

With “Moving more workloads to cloud” a close second, optimizing for cost is more important than ever! The impact of un-utilized and under utilized cloud resources hits more than just the bottomline. “There’s a corresponding opportunity cost in over spending on cloud and it’s in foregoing having more budget to invest in sales and marketing. Plain and simple, we could … Read More

3 New Actions: Reboot EC2 Instances, Bunker EBS & RDS Snapshots

Elliott SpiraChangelogLeave a Comment

We love responding to customer feature requests! Our customers get in touch over our public slack and let us know what features they’re after. We socialise these with the broader user base, sharing over our public roadmap on trello and with specific customers who are in a special group we call “Friends of GorillaStack”. I’m always proud to announce new … Read More

How Freshwater Systems slashed their AWS bills by using GorillaStack

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Freshwater Systems a discussion with John Wessel, IT Ops Manager Greenville, South Carolina, USA www.freshwatersystems.com Freshwater Systems was founded in 1989 to provide water filtration systems to both consumers and businesses. Since its earliest beginnings, the business has changed with the times and now roughly 60% of sales come via their online marketplace. John Wessel, IT Ops Manager was kind … Read More

AWS Recommends GorillaStack At re:Invent 2017

Oliver BergerOpen Source, TaggingLeave a Comment

For the 3rd year in a row, Amazon Web Services has allocated part of its Cost Optimisation track at re:Invent to highlighting the benefits of GorillaStack as a part of an organisation’s tooling. In 2016, Keith Jarrett used a case study of GorillaStack’s AWS automation engine to highlight 60%+ cost savings for a major technology organisation – savings gained from … Read More

Trigger Action From Incoming Webhook

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We are excited to announce the new Incoming Webhook Trigger. Once you have an incoming webhook created, it can be selected as the trigger for any rule. You could even select a single webhook across multiple rules to easily trigger whole batches of automation with a single GET request. Create, edit, copy & delete of incoming webhooks can be found … Read More

Going inside: 2 new EC2 Run Commands

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We have been operating at the resource level for some time, managing elasticity of EC2 and RDS instances, autoscaling groups and the lifecycle of EBS storage and images. However, two new actions we released today is changing that, taking us into new territory of offering automation capabilities inside of EC2 instances. EC2 Systems Manager offers Run Command capabilities, helping you … Read More

Link an Account to GorillaStack with CloudFormation

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Adding GorillaStack to new AWS accounts was always the greatest sticking point with our customers. We decided to overhaul our onboarding interface and backend mechanism, for ease of use and understanding. We now create a CloudFormation stack containing the role and policy required for secure cross account access, and post the ARN back to our API. This dramatically reduces the … Read More