Scheduled AWS – DevOps Automation

Oliver BergerBill Optimisation, ToolsLeave a Comment

At GorillaStack we often get asked about our inspiration for building our product and what drives us to keep releasing featured designed to help DevOps automate and schedule their cloud services. Frankly, we exist to help simplify the day to day task of the DevOps engineer and his workload. Schedule EC2s One of the primary requests we had when we … Read More

Why Switching Off AWS EC2 Turns Us On!

Amy SpiraBill OptimisationLeave a Comment

Spinning up cloud computing servers is the bread and butter of DevOps professionals. But what about switching them off? A recent poll of AWS customers revealed that the vast majority are spinning up their servers but forgetting to turn them off when they’re no longer required. Non-production servers are generally only used during regular business hours, when the bulk of … Read More

How To Redirect With Serverless Framework

Elliott SpiraOpen SourceLeave a Comment

We just started playing with the v1 of the serverless framework after building a serverless hipchat plugin boilerplate repository and an example hipchat plugin that aggregates CloudWatch Alarms in version 0.5.6 of the serverless framework. Just as it always seems to happen, a completely new, re-written version of the serverless framework was released after I wrote the boilerplate repository. So, … Read More

AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform to be 100% Renewable Powered

Joel SpiraTechnologyLeave a Comment

As Developers and DevOps professionals we spend a typical workday constructing elegant solutions to problems with code and, if you ask me, I get a serious buzz out of the idea that we all create value from what is just well thought-out permutations and combinations of the letters a-z, numbers 0-9 and other characters/operators $, #, % etc. We belong … Read More

AWS Reserved Instances – Explore The Alternatives Before You Spend

Chris FullerBill OptimisationLeave a Comment

Customers can purchase AWS reserved instances from the AWS reserved instance marketplace to reduce their AWS bills. The management of this process is a huge industry for 3rd party software providers but we don’t subscribe to the idea that they are the best way to save money on AWS. One large premise of the cloud and more specifically Amazon’s Elastic … Read More

How Bauer Media used GorillaStack’s EC2 Scheduler for significant savings in AWS

Oliver BergerCase StudiesLeave a Comment

GorillaStack loves saving money for its partners. We worked closely with Bauer Media to provide them with the best possible cost optimisations using GorillaStack. Three years ago Bauer made the decision to move much of their infrastructure into the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Upon completion of the migration, Bauer had continuous integration but not continuous delivery which meant … Read More

You’re throwing away money on EBS

Chris FullerBill Optimisation, ToolsLeave a Comment

How many detached EBS volumes do you have in your AWS accounts? How many unnecessary EBS snapshots are you paying for? You can save money by deleting any detached EBS volumes and deleting old EBS snapshots that you no longer require. “You will be charged for the IOPS provisioned on a volume even when the volume is detached from an … Read More

Serverless Framework & Local Development Environments

Elliott SpiraDevelopment, Open Source1 Comment

The Serverless framework is awesome and we love working with it! We even used it to build a Serverless Hipchat Bot. Side note: you can check out our Serverless HipChat Bot boilerplate repository. However, we quickly found that the feedback loop in development was really slow – every time we wanted to test a change, we had to deploy to … Read More

5 Things We Learned About AWS From Amazon’s Q2 Earnings

Chris EllisBusinessLeave a Comment

Amazon Web Services continues to be Amazon’s fastest-growing and most profitable business. The Q2 2016 earnings release outlined that revenue grew another 58% year-over-year to $2.88 billion, while posting $718 million in operating income – which is larger than the $702 million operating income its core North American retail business recorded. Note: all currency figures in this post are in … Read More