Running Costs for EC2 InstancesWe at Ylastic have been putting a new feature through its paces for the last few weeks - running costs for your EC2 instances. Each on-demand instance displays its running cost for the month. At a single glance, you know approximately how much it is costing you at that point of time for the EC2 instances. We already distinguish your instances into reserved, spot and on-demand, EBS backed or instance-store based and of course, the operating system. One instances page - all your instances across multiple regions, all the info you need.





Happy New Year !!!

Running Costs for EC2 Instances

We at Ylastic have been putting a new feature through its paces for the last few weeks - running costs for your EC2 instances. Each on-demand instance displays its running cost for the month. At a single glance, you know approximately how much it is costing you at that point of time for the EC2 instances. We already distinguish your instances into reserved, spot and on-demand, EBS backed or instance-store based and of course, the operating system. One instances page - all your instances across multiple regions, all the info you need.
Happy New Year !!!
EC2 Spot InstancesYlastic now provides complete support for EC2 Spot Instances. You can create, view or cancel spot instance requests for the AMI of your choice in any region. Spot instances are displayed along with on-demand standard and reserved instances on the instances page, each of which is easily distinguished with distinctive icons. Creating a new spot request is super simple along with the ability to view the most recent price history for the instance type.




Cheers and Happy Holidays!

EC2 Spot Instances

Ylastic now provides complete support for EC2 Spot Instances. You can create, view or cancel spot instance requests for the AMI of your choice in any region. Spot instances are displayed along with on-demand standard and reserved instances on the instances page, each of which is easily distinguished with distinctive icons. Creating a new spot request is super simple along with the ability to view the most recent price history for the instance type.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
EC2 Instance Information ReloadThere is a lot of information associated with an EC2 instance and it can be very helpful to quickly get an overview of each instance with all the relevant information. You want to be able to take a single glance at the page and glean the important bits. We are constantly refining and tweaking the instances page so you can always get this level of info. Here are some recent additions to the page:





So what new information can you get?
The operating system for the instance.
The data store for the instance - instance-store or EBS	
The instance type - on-demand standard, reserved or spot instance.


All your instances, across multiple regions, all the information you need, one instances page. Manage your cloud!

EC2 Instance Information Reload

There is a lot of information associated with an EC2 instance and it can be very helpful to quickly get an overview of each instance with all the relevant information. You want to be able to take a single glance at the page and glean the important bits. We are constantly refining and tweaking the instances page so you can always get this level of info. Here are some recent additions to the page:
So what new information can you get?
  • The operating system for the instance.
  • The data store for the instance - instance-store or EBS
  • The instance type - on-demand standard, reserved or spot instance.
All your instances, across multiple regions, all the information you need, one instances page. Manage your cloud!
Management/Monitoring/Alerting for US West RegionYlastic now supports the recently announced US West region. 

You can manage all of these resources in the new region:
EC2
	Cloudwatch
	Autoscaling
	Elastic Loadbalancing
	SQS
	SimpleDB




Monitoring and alerting is also available for:

Instances
	Autoscaling
	Cloudwatch



S3 support coming soon in an upcoming release.

Management/Monitoring/Alerting for US West Region

Ylastic now supports the recently announced US West region. You can manage all of these resources in the new region:
  • EC2
  • Cloudwatch
  • Autoscaling
  • Elastic Loadbalancing
  • SQS
  • SimpleDB
Monitoring and alerting is also available for:
  • Instances
  • Autoscaling
  • Cloudwatch
S3 support coming soon in an upcoming release.

Mobile RDS Cloudwatch for iPhone and Android

Ylastic now supports viewing the RDS Cloudwatch charts for your database instances on your iPhone or Android. Easy as can be - Select an instance and click to get the data. Put that smartphone in your pocket to work!

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Ylastic State of the Onion

Ylastic released support for the EU region for SimpleDB and SQS today. We now support all the main Amazon Web services in all the regions that they are currently available. So with apologies to Larry Wall, here’s our state of the onion:

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    Amazon EC2 - US and EU.
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    Amazon S3 - US and EU.
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    Amazon SQS - US and EU.
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    Amazon SimpleDB - US and EU.
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    Amazon Cloudwatch - US and EU.
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    Amazon Elastic Load Balancing - US and EU.
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    Amazon Autoscaling - US and EU.
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    Amazon RDS - US.
Cheers :-)

Amazon RDS - Management/Monitoring/Alerting

Ylastic now supports management, monitoring and alerting for the recently introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Set up and scale those MySQL based databases in the cloud easily:

  • Manage DB instances.
  • Manage DB parameter groups for configuring your database.
  • Manage DB security authorizations.
  • Manage DB snapshots and restoration of new DBs.
  • View all DB events logged by RDS.
  • View pending changes to your databases.
  • Monitor your databases by setting thresholds and getting alerts when they are triggered - email, twitter, jabber and voice.
  • Easily view and zoom into your DB cloud watch metrics to look at the data you want.
Here is the complete list of features. Cheers!

Spanning Multiple Availability Zones with Auto Scaling Groups

AWS released a nice little feature last week that did not seem to get much attention or fanfare on the internet. EC2 auto scaling groups can now span across multiple availability zones. This enables some additional niftiness for your EC2 fleet:

  • High availability by balancing a group of auto scaled EC2 instances spread across multiple Availability Zones.
  • Avoid insufficient capacity errors automatically by letting AWS rebalance your autoscaling group in an availability zone with capacity.
Ylastic lets you leverage this feature for your auto scaling groups:
  • You can create auto scaling groups which span multiple zones.
  • You can expand your existing auto scaling groups to additional zones.
Ah, auto scaled EC2 instances spanning multiple availability zones behind an elastic load balancer :-)

Scheduling Tasks on the AWS Cloud

Ylastic now has a simple way for you to schedule tasks on AWS. Pick a task and specify how you would like it scheduled:

  • At a certain time : Lets you run a task once at a specified time, for instance October 31, 10:00.
  • Every so often : Lets you run a task forever at the specified time interval, for instance every 30 minutes, 2 hours or 10 days.
In this initial release, you can schedule two kinds of tasks:
  • Launch an instance from a launch configuration.
  • Snapshot EBS volumes.
This covers a lot of common tasks that you can perform in a scheduled manner on AWS such as run reports daily, run periodic tasks such as processing log files, snapshot your data volumes, etc. We are adding more tasks as we go. You can view a list of all your tasks, including the last time a task was run and the status from that run. If there are any errors while running the tasks, the error will also be displayed on the tasks page.
You will also receive an email notification if any errors are encountered while running your task.
Creating and editing a task is simple, and we have tried to make the entire process/UI easy and intuitive. In the screenshot below, you are setting up a scheduled task to “Launch an instance from launch configuration named Reports in the US region at 2009-10-20 15:28”.
One more way to simplify your workflow in the cloud!

Sharing and Unsharing EBS Snapshots

Tired of typing in AWS account numbers when sharing your EBS snapshots? Looking for a clean interface that gives you all the information about your snapshots without tying yourself into knots? Want an easier way to share/unshare EBS snapshots with other users? Finding it hard to differentiate between your private and shared snapshots? Ylastic now supports an easy to use interface for sharing snapshots in both EU and US regions. You can setup easy to remember aliases for AWS accounts and then use them when sharing and unsharing snapshots. You can also view, search and create volumes from public datasets.

Manage your cloud, the easy way!