Ylastic has a new scheduled task for automating the creation of snapshots for your db instances. Specify the name of the db instance, the number of latest snapshots that you want to keep, and a schedule, and off you go!
We are tinkering and getting Ylastic to look nice on that iPad coming soon to an Apple store near you. The 1024x768 resolution does present a few challenges. There are still a few style related things to be worked out, and of course the flash issue with some of our charts. But overall, most things seem to look and work fine.
Every biz/organization/individual/start-up that is using EC2 has their own different operations workflow that they use. Ylastic alerting is built to fit right into that workflow, by letting you pick the delivery channel that fits your needs best. You use email exclusively, you can get alerts through email. If you are more into IM/chat, get alerted via Jabber/Google Talk. Your ops guys/devs hang out on twitter all the time? We got you covered with alerts as tweets. If you prefer the old-fashioned way, we can even alert you by calling your phone with a voice alert! *You* are in control - pick the delivery channel that you want. Here are some nifty things our users are doing:
Use it as a rolling weekly ops pager by turning on the phone alert for the current person and turning them off for the other users.
Want alerting via SMS to your phone? Set up your twitter account with a phone number, get your alerts as tweets, and have Twitter send them to you as SMS messages! (works in the US, Canada and India)
Ylastic now supports a new scheduled task - one that can adjust the desired capacity for a scaling group. Why is that interesting, you say? Because it gives you an additional time-based way to scale your fleet of EC2 instances as opposed to the default load-based scaling from AWS. You can leverage the scaling group concept to do some nifty stuff around spinning up and down a set of instances.
You want a large set of instances around between 9-5, which matches your business hours? Easy enough. Schedule one task to spin up the capacity at 9 AM and a corresponding matching task that spins them down at 5 PM. You can even use cron syntax to specify the schedule!
Juggling with multiple AWS accounts? Want monitoring and alerting for all those different accounts? Need to quickly switch between your dev and prod environments? And you say you want it for your mobile phone too?
Ylastic has you covered. Add your accounts with easy to remember aliases, and pick the one you want to manage!!
Management and Monitoring for multiple AWS services across all regions for all your AWS accounts. :-)
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.
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.
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!